Angelz
Denzel Curry [feat. Karriem Riggins] Lyrics


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I spent my whole career lookin' for validation
Chasin' women that use pussy for they persuasion
Chained to my vessel, saw freedom in meditation
Usin' medication would make the perfect escapist
They unprestigious, I got angels in my allegiance
My demons would look for sin like junkies feelin' fiendish
The meanest streets I walk in, these size elevens I stalk
Not carin' if I'm rich or if I'm surrounded by chalk
I could either live like Jay or die like Jah
Alhamdulillah, let Jehovah judge me on my flaws
My word is law, forever stick to the code
Stay bold and just switch it up when things grow old
All I have in this world is my heart and my soul
Lay my life down for it 'cause they both made of gold
Twenty-four karats, twenty-five and countin', twenty-four hours
Days not promised, but for now, never send flowers

I'm growing tired of the bullshit
I keep spinning
Angels keep singing, gotta get through all this
Angels keep singing, angels keep singing

I spent my whole life lookin' for validation
In today's age, it would've led to my cancellation
Damnation for those, the good book of posers
Life goes to shit, thinkin' I smelled roses
Friends turn to foes and foes end up frozen
Actin' like my day ones, nigga, you're just posin'
Niggas gettin' coked up and act like they slick
Smile in my face, then go and pillow talk to a bitch (what did you say?)
Word got back to me, so it is what it is
I don't fuck with no man who don't take care of his kids
Off-topic, out of pocket, all these niggas is trash
Fightin' for crumbs of fame and some thot with an ass, fuck 'em
Plan, plot, strategize, it's the task, I realize, right before I bomb first
You don't gotta love me, respect me, and fear me
And yes, you gotta fade me if worst come to worst
'Cause love could get you killed, playin' the victim get you bullied
I passed God's test, understood life fully
The wing-ridden angel, the horn-hidden demon
The day I go to war, this is the song I'll be singin'
The song I'll be singin'

I'm growing (motherfucker) tired of the bullshit
I keep spinning




Angels keep singing, gotta get through all this
Angels keep singing, angels keep singing

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Denzel Curry & Karriem Riggins's song "Angelz" touch on the themes of self-discovery, validation, and loyalty. The first line of the song sets the stage for the rest of the lyrics, with Denzel Curry stating that he spent his entire career looking for validation. He talks about the various ways in which he sought validation, including chasing women who used sex as a way to persuade him.


However, he realizes that true freedom comes from within, through meditation, and not through external validation, which he had been seeking all along. Denzel also makes references to his demons and how they always seek wrongdoing, while his angels lead him towards a more righteous path. He talks about the challenges he has faced in his life, especially walking through dangerous, mean streets, and the decisions he has had to make, choosing to live like Jay-Z or die like Tupac.


Additionally, Denzel highlights the importance of staying loyal to his principles, sticking to his moral code, and being true to himself. He recognizes that in this world, all we truly have is our hearts, and our souls, which are both pure gold. Therefore, his mission is to live authentically, honorably, and without regrets, knowing that every day is precious.


One interesting fact about the song is that it was produced by Karriem Riggins, a renowned jazz musician, and drummer, who has worked with the likes of Common, The Roots, and Diana Krall.


Line by Line Meaning

I spent my whole career lookin' for validation
The artist struggled with feeling like he needed recognition and acceptance throughout his career.


Chasin' women that use pussy for they persuasion
He also had a history of seeking validation from women who manipulatively use sex appeal to get what they want.


Chained to my vessel, saw freedom in meditation
Despite feeling trapped by his own body, he found solace in meditation and introspection.


Usin' medication would make the perfect escapist
Instead of facing his problems, the artist turned to drugs to escape his reality.


They unprestigious, I got angels in my allegiance
Although society may not value the path he's on, the artist has a spiritual connection with angelic beings who support him.


My demons would look for sin like junkies feelin' fiendish
The artist acknowledges his own struggles with addictive tendencies and tendencies towards negative behaviors.


The meanest streets I walk in, these size elevens I stalk
Even in dangerous situations, the artist walks with confidence and awareness as he navigates difficult circumstances.


Not carin' if I'm rich or if I'm surrounded by chalk
The artist lives by his own principles and doesn't care about material wealth or the possibility of danger.


I could either live like Jay or die like Jah
The artist recognizes that he has a choice in what kind of life he leads, and acknowledges the legacies of Jay-Z and Bob Marley as examples of two different paths.


Alhamdulillah, let Jehovah judge me on my flaws
The artist is at peace with his belief in God and will let God be the ultimate judge of his actions.


My word is law, forever stick to the code
The artist has a code of ethics he lives by and will always stay true to it.


Stay bold and just switch it up when things grow old
He recognizes the need to stay flexible and adapt to changing circumstances over time.


All I have in this world is my heart and my soul
The artist values his spiritual and emotional well-being above material possessions.


Lay my life down for it 'cause they both made of gold
He is willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to protect his heart and soul.


Twenty-four karats, twenty-five and countin', twenty-four hours
He emphasizes the value of his heart and soul as being priceless and always present, in contrast to the fleeting nature of time and wealth.


Days not promised, but for now, never send flowers
He understands the fragility of life, but chooses to focus on the present and never looks backwards.


I'm growing tired of the bullshit
The artist is fed up with negativity and drama in his life.


I keep spinning
Despite feeling stuck in the chaos, the artist keeps moving forward.


Angels keep singing, gotta get through all this
He finds comfort in his spiritual beliefs and trusts that heavenly forces will support him as he works through the challenges he faces.


I spent my whole life lookin' for validation
The artist reiterates his lifelong search for validation and acceptance.


In today's age, it would've led to my cancellation
The artist recognizes that in the present moment, seeking validation at any cost can lead to public criticism and rejection.


Damnation for those, the good book of posers
He criticizes those who pretend to adhere to religious texts but don't live by the moral values within them.


Life goes to shit, thinkin' I smelled roses
The artist regrets being naive about past situations and believing that everything was perfect when it really wasn't.


Friends turn to foes and foes end up frozen
He's experienced situations where former allies become enemies, and those who were once enemies are no longer a threat.


Actin' like my day ones, nigga, you're just posin'
He calls out people who pretend to be true friends but are really just faking it for personal gain.


Niggas gettin' coked up and act like they slick
He condemns those who use drugs to boost their confidence and then act like they're better than others.


Smile in my face, then go and pillow talk to a bitch (what did you say?)
He's experienced situations where people talk behind his back despite pretending to be friends, and he's calling them out for their deceitful behavior.


Word got back to me, so it is what it is
He accepts the reality of the situation and is not phased by the deceit of others.


I don't fuck with no man who don't take care of his kids
He values taking responsibility for one's own family and sees it as a telling sign of someone's moral character.


Off-topic, out of pocket, all these niggas is trash
He feels like many people are not staying true to themselves and are behaving badly as a result.


Fightin' for crumbs of fame and some thot with an ass, fuck 'em
He doesn't respect those who seek fame and shallow relationships instead of valuing deeper connections and personal development.


Plan, plot, strategize, it's the task, I realize, right before I bomb first
He recognizes the importance of preparation and strategic thinking before taking action and making a major move.


You don't gotta love me, respect me, and fear me
He values respect over affection and wants people to take him seriously and understand his power.


And yes, you gotta fade me if worst come to worst
He accepts that there may be situations where he has to face physical violence.


'Cause love could get you killed, playin' the victim get you bullied
He recognizes that showing vulnerability or love in certain situations can make you appear weak and make others target you for exploitation or violence.


I passed God's test, understood life fully
The artist feels like he has spiritually grown and come to a fuller understanding of life's challenges and lessons.


The wing-ridden angel, the horn-hidden demon
He acknowledges that he has different sides to his personality, and that he can be both good and bad depending on the situation.


The day I go to war, this is the song I'll be singin'
He recognizes that he may have to fight for his beliefs and values at some point, and this song represents his resolve and strength in the face of that potential conflict.


Ooh-ooh
This is a background vocalization with no inherent meaning.




Lyrics © CONCORD MUSIC PUBLISHING LLC
Written by: Bridget Perez, Denzel Rae Don Curry, Karriem Riggins, Linda Hargrove, Mark Ellerbee, Ryan Degrandy, Sharina Castillo

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@nightwolf1805

"I can either live like Jay or die like Jah" RIP X. LLJ. Amazing Album

@00Kequan

https://youtu.be/SyGLjsorcN0❕❗️❗️❕

@gavink03

Also quotes the words wing ridden angel

@dopamineman1384

Man that bar gave me chills, denzel never fails

@Shaheemswaggedout

Rest in peace

@deadmanperipherals

indeed

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@aaronobyonek7206

The background vocalist on this song has such an ethereal voice, fits seamlessly on the beat

@King-Nova

Who is she

@OusamaLarbi

@@King-Nova Sharina Castillo, however I cant find any other song shes on besides Duckwrth - New Love Song

@LCol718

True man. She just sets the vibe and curry’s flow just makes this an instant classic. Love this track.

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