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    Boston Calling 2019

    Denzel Curry has fought to be on a big stage

    Denzel Curry performs at Boston Calling Saturday and on June 14 at Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion.
    Renata Raksha
    Denzel Curry performs at Boston Calling Saturday and on June 14 at Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion.

    When the Globe interviewed Denzel Curry back in October, the fire-spitting South Florida rapper was about to play a sold-out show at the Paradise Rock Club in support of his excellent new album “TA13OO.” Before his return to the city Saturday to play Boston Calling, we touched base with Curry about his new single “RICKY,” his upcoming summer tour opening for teen edge-pop phenom Billie Eilish (which brings him to Boston again June 14 to play the Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion), and Florida’s backyard-fight scene.

    Q. How has the fan reception to the new record been so far?

    A. It’s been pretty good, man. We ended up getting one million views in less than 24 hours, and it just keeps on climbing. So it’s pretty big, it’s been a pretty big reception. Right now, we’re at one million streams a day on “RICKY,” so it’s doing alright.


    Q. You recently tweeted about your displeasure with the crowd at Miami’s Rolling Loud festival earlier this month.

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    A. The crowd was wack as [expletive]. No ins and outs, no “no, they were . . .” Nah. They were wack.

    Q. How did the Billie Eilish tour come about?

    A. Me and Billie are friends. She also helped with “TA1300”; she did a song called “Sirens” with me and J.I.D. We were friends before we even made music together. We always kept in contact; I always call her, she always calls me. Her family’s mad cool.

    Q. What do you think you two have in common as artists?


    A. We’re both crazy and evil. She’s as scared of my audiences as I’m scared of hers.

    Q. In the video for “RICKY,” you play a backyard fighter, and your brother was actually a member of the Florida backyard-fight scene. How deep was your involvement in that community growing up?

    A. I grew up fighting, but at the same time I took up music. Music was my hobby, fighting was a hobby. I always liked to watch the fights, even boxing or UFC. So that pretty much stayed with me for a long time. Just going into the backyards with my brother, that was also a part of my history and my life.

    Q. What lessons did you learn from that world?

    A. Don’t quit. If you want to be an artist, like, do it; do what you feel. I would say as an artist, even when you get knocked down hard, get back up and do something different.

    Interview was edited and condensed. Terence Cawley can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @terence_cawley.