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Flying Lotus and Denzel Curry challenge you to reimagine 'Black Balloons Reprise'

One of the few pieces of good news to come from 2020 was that the don of all things experimental, Flying Lotus, released his new Flamagra instrumental LP, giving all 27 tracks from the original LP a new identity. Now he is asking fans to give one of those tracks a fresh, new spin.

“Black Balloons Reprise,” which features vocals from Denzel Curry, was one of the first singles released from Flamagra, and Flying Lotus, lesser known as Steve Ellison, put it out in anticipation of the album for a very clear reason. Curry’s concise wordplay demolishes Ellison’s raw production on this track, and it’s this structure that makes the instrumental a perfect opportunity for rappers to demonstrate their skills.

To enter, follow the guidelines set forth by Ellison below. He and Curry will personally select the contest winners.

“DOWNLOAD THE 16 BAR INSTRUMENTAL VIA SOUNDCLOUD HERE & CREATE YOUR OWN FLOW TO THE ACCOMPANIMENT. SUBMIT VIDEO OR AUDIO OF YOURSELF PERFORMING YOUR BARS ON SOUNDCLOUD, INSTAGRAM, TWITTER, FACEBOOK, OR TIKTOK & USE THE HASHTAG #BLACKBALLOONSCHALLENGE TO WIN VARIOUS PRIZES, INCLUDING A FLYING LOTUS MERCH PACKAGE, A FREE PRO-UNLIMITED SUBSCRIPTION FROM SOUNDCLOUD, AND THE CHANCE TO HAVE YOUR REMIX FEATURED ON SOCIALS BY LOTUS & CURRY.”

Fans have until Wednesday, July 15 to submit their entries. Download the instrumental below and for full rules and requirements of the contest head FlyLo’s website.

Featured image: Emma McIntyre


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