In certain neighborhoods, backyard fights are a way of life. Rapper Denzel Curry pays homage to the violent art in the Twelve’len-directed visual for his latest single “Ricky,” a track that was named after his father. Curry’s brother was also a backyard brawler, so the artist linked up with fighter Dada 5000 who was featured in Dawg Fight, a 2005 documentary about the sport.
Aside from the familial connection to boxing, the imagery matches with Curry’s lyrical style. The 24-year-old Florida rapper came out swinging on his 2018 release TA13OO, a record that earned him critical acclaim. Although the attention is nice, Curry told Complex last year that he isn’t worried about follows, likes, or clout. “I’m not tryna save nobody,” he told the publication back in December. “I’m just saying real shit. I’m not tryna save no one. I just hope my music helps, and I hope the message that’s behind it helps people, you feel me?”