By Jack Barnes
An endless font of effortless hooks, Chicago’s Lil Durk is one of the foremost progenitors of modern rap’s melodic renaissance. Coming through with his first new music of 2019, Durk shares “No Label,” his latest single. As he explained on his Instagram, Durk took inspiration from a story a friend about his own relationship woes for “No Label,” flipping it into a fast-paced and hook-filled airing of grievances, attacking an ungrateful ex, trying to establish new ground rules for their relationship: “I ain’t want a label/I ain’t tryna be your man, or your friend, or your husband/I don’t wanna label.” Shared this morning on Durk’s SoundCloud, “No Label” is an ideal example of what fans have come to expect from Durk–smooth singing combined with hard-edged and unsparing lyricism. Enjoy this audio stream below after the jump and please share this with friends.
Lil Durk had an epic 2018, marked by multiple mixtapes, a label change from Def Jam to Alamo, a move from Chicago to Atlanta, and, in November, the birth of his youngest child with his fiancé, India. The culmination of a five-year rise from underground sensation to mainstream star, Lil Durk pulled out all the stops for Signed To The Streets 3, his November 2018 album. Drawing guests from across hip-hop’s generational and geographical spectrum, Durk welcomes them all into his world in STTS 3, providing stark perspectives of street life with a strong emotional center, enhanced by Durk’s superlative sense of melody. Earlier this month, Lil Durk shined a spotlight on “Habit,” an introspective highlight from the album, delivering a flashy video that earned over 4.5 million YouTube views. Featuring guest spots from Future, Gunna, Kevin Gates, Ty Dolla $ign, Kodak Black, Lil Skies, and A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Signed to the Streets 3 released via Alamo/Interscope, and peaked at #3 on Apple Music’s all-genre album streaming charts over its first weekend of release and debuted at #17 on the Billboard Albums charts.
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