By Jack Barnes
One of the most acclaimed and successful alumni of Chicago’s drill movement, Lil Durk combines rhythm, lyricism, and melody into a style that’s all his own. Forsaking his usual auto-tune acrobatics, Durk strips down on “No Auto Durk,” a no-nonsense lyrical workout. Adopting a halting flow above the eerie instrumental from G Herbo‘s “Never Cared,” Durk silences critics who decry his rhyming skills, proving that he does not need to flex his considerable melodic muscles to be a great rapper: “Never cared so much, ran out the woods to pass the dutch/Your homies died, you’ll never slide, it ain’t addin’ up/Get caught with a pipe, get out same night, you fed or what?” “No Auto Durk” is another step on the road to Signed to the Streets 3, hitting stores this fall, following the Future featuring single “Spin The Block.” Enjoy this audio stream below after the jump and please share this with friends.
A tireless and prolific emcee, Lil Durk has already had a busy 2018. Leveling up from a rap star into a rap mogul, Lil Durk introduced his OTF all-stars on Lil Durk Presents: Only The Family Involved Vol. 1, unleashing a crew of fellow melodists and emotional realists. Featuring several brand new songs by Lil Durk, including the Complex-premiered“Remembra
In March, he released his first project since departing Def Jam, Just Cause Y’all Waited, an important transitional record for Durk. Praised by Pitchfork, who wrote “Lil Durk writes about Chicago the way Joan Didion once captured California,” Just Cause Y’all Waited features tracks such as the buzzing “1-773 Vulture,” a street remix to Logic’s hit single “1-800-273-8255” that reached the 9 million view mark on YouTube, and the Lil Baby-featuring lead single “How I Know,” which earned prominent placement on Spotify’s Most Necessary playlist. Featuring additional appearances from PartyNextDoor, Ty Dolla $ign, Gunna, and TK Kravitz, and with production from 808 Mafia and others, Just Cause Y’all Waited EP is a formidable appetizer for Signed to the Streets 3, due later this year. Lil Durk turned heads when he performed his hits in a prime time slot, and later joined Tee Grizzley onstage at the Rolling Loud Festival in Miami (catch a few clips from this performance and from backstage in the “Remembrance” video).
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