Veteran Bay Area rapper, Young Curt died past Monday after a fatal car accident. Contra Costa County coroner’s office identified the twenty-seven-year-old man as the victim of a tragic rollover crash on the Byron Highway earlier that morning, shortly before 2 AM. He was taken to a hospital in Antioch, CA before fully transitioning from his injuries. Born, Curtis Denton Jr, the emcee known best for hits such as “No Bitch”, and “She So Bad” helped to shape the previous decade of west coast hip-hop, sonically influencing the likes of YG, Problem, IAMSU, and SOB X RBE all together. His music, geared towards millennials, consisted of cheeky rhymes and mostly party records. Scoring parent-free house parties and kickbacks, Young Curt’s releases served as a soundtrack to a generation of post Jerkin fixated California.
Denton was born in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. Survived by his mother, father, and three siblings, Curtis would often visit and give back to his hometown, where kids referred to him as a “famous guy”. An interesting fact unbeknownst to most of his West Coast fans, being that his music was so steeped in direct California lingo, a nuance shared with the likes of Pennsylvania born Kurupt Gotti of The Dogg Pound. 2020 has been rough, filled with great losses. Regardless, we send both prayers and strength towards his family, friends, and fans.