This Anzac Day, Florida rapper Denzel Curry treated his Kiwi fans to a high-energy, entertaining show in Auckland, made even better by a couple of Aotearoa legends joining him on stage.
At the very end of Denzel’s show at Shed 10, Israel Adesanya walked onto the stage and the crowd went bonkers. Curry had been riling the crowd up in the moments before by mimicking the ‘Kamehameha’ move from ‘Dragon Ball Z’, which Izzy has used as a celebration in some previous fights.
Adesanya did not speak to the crowd but showed some love when the crowd chanted his name by holding his hand in the air. He also made sure Denzel received his flowers by lifting his arm up, a la when the winner of a UFC fight is announced.
Earlier in the night, legendary Kiwi MC Melodownz hopped on stage with Curry to perform ‘No Mercy’, a track by Melodownz which Denzel features on.
“I wanna bring out one of my homies,” Curry told the packed-in crowd. “And he goes by the name of ‘Melo - mother f***ing - downz’!”
After killing it on the track for a couple of minutes, Melodownz dipped backstage having done his job for the night. Denzel himself acknowledged Melowdownz’s talent.
“That was dope,” he said. “I ain’t gonna lie, that motherf***er set it off.”
If you’re not familiar with Denzel Curry, get familiar. Not only are his live shows moshpit-quaking but his technical skill as a rapper, combined with his creative wordplay, make him a must-listen artist.
He’s constantly changing his sound without taking away from the musical quality of his tracks, evidenced by his six-album discography containing something any fan of hip-hop, rap, and R&B can jam to.
There’s still room on the Denzel Curry bandwagon so hitch a ride - you’ll find yourself mere metres away from Israel Adesanya and Melodownz while listening to great music.