Denzel Curry didn't vote in the 2016 presidential election. It's a decision that, over the past 12 months, he has come to regret.
In a new interview with MTV News, when asked by correspondent Gaby Wilson whether or not material on his forthcoming full-length, Taboo, would be politically-inspired, the Florida MC owned his misstep and cited personal growth as the reason for his change of heart.
"There's definitely going to be some political stuff [on the new album] from me, at least. For me, I don't like talking about politics as much, just because, like, I didn't even vote for the thing—the presidential election—and I should have voted, regardless of if I was voting for a president or not. Just voting for the people, the Congress, all of that stuff," Curry told Wilson. "It was different for me. In 2016, I was so close-minded. This year, I'm very open-minded about a lot of things."
While some artists have a fear of alienating a segment of their fanbase by delving into politics, others are scared to touch on sensitive issues because they don't believe it's their "forte." Others still just aren't as interested in discussing politics in general—in their music or otherwise. Ultimately, an artist needs to do what they feel is in the best interest of their career. If he or she isn't comfortable talking about politics in their music, we, their audience, shouldn't demand otherwise.
As for the album that will house this material, Curry isn't ready to provide a definitive release date for Taboo because he still needs to finish three more songs.