We were already thrilled to get new music from Dade County rapper Denzel Curry and Montreal producer Lunice as separate entities earlier this month, but you know what’s even more exciting? Both of them on the same track.
“Distrust” is the latest from Lunice’s long-awaited debut album, CCCLX, and along with Curry comes the rest of C9, his new group with longtime collaborators JK The Reaper and Nell. Like “Mazerati” before it, the new track boasts razor-sharp production, with crisp synths and bells ping ponging over an impeccably precise beat. The main difference is that this time, it’s not just an elaborate sculpture that Lunice lets us bask in-- it’s an obstacle course for three of the most dexterous vocalists around.
First introduced to us as a trio on 2013’s “Dark & Violent,” and continuing to push themselves to remarkable lyrical limits on ensuing tracks like “Bwoii,” the three artists now known as C9 are a classic rap group in the sense that it always sound like they’re trying to top each other. This time, JK and Nell see what they can do with some autotune on their voices, even deploying it for some backing vocals of the Travis Scott/Offset variety, and the result perfectly vibes with Lunice’s backdrop.
As always seems to be the case though, Denzel’s the real star here. JK and Nell clock out about a minute into the song, and from that point on, it’s the Denzel and Lunice show. Denny Cascade dips and dodges around Lunice’s sonic hedge maze, changing flows on a dime and dropping niche-reference gems like, “Fisticuffs, knock your ass out, that’s Jiggypuff.” If you like what you hear on “Distrust,” be sure to check out Curry’s recent 13 EP, featuring the Lil Ugly Mane-featuring standout, “Zeltron 6 Billion.”
Lunice’s CCCLX is out on September 8th via LuckyMe. Pre-order it now and you’ll receive an instant download of “Distrust.”