By Jack Barnes
With an ear for talent as refined as his ear for hooks, Lil Durk always keeps an eye out for the new hotness in his hometown of Chicago and his adopted home of Atlanta. Among the best and brightest of his Only The Family signees are Park Hill and OTF Ikey, who join forces for “Let It Rain,” their new music video. A heavy and deeply introspective rap ballad, “Let It Rain” derives its power from Park Hill’s rich and lightly-accented croon as he ruminates on the inevitable pain caused by street life. Echoing the melodic phrasing of his mentor Durk, OTF Ikey discusses his personal struggle in an infectious verse: “I’m smoking on these ‘Woods, they ease my pain/Since Nuski left us nothin’ been the same/They took Baby D it gave me a migraine/All my problems, yeah I face it like a man.” In the video, premiered by HipHopDX, featuring a cameo appearance from Lil Durk, the two emcees experience a dark night of the soul in Atlanta, embellished by camera trickery and splashy visual effects. “Let It Rain” is a highlight from Lil Durk Presents: Only The Family Involved Vol. 2, the latest compilation from the OTF label. Enjoy this video stream below after the jump and please share this with friends.
Sharing a lyrical realism and skill with melody that endears them to their mentor Durk, the Only The Family vultures spread their wings on Only The Family Involved Vol. 2—OTF Ikey flashes his trap-happy hooks, King Von flashes a charismatic menace, Booka600 stretches his emotional muscles, and Doodie Lo snaps with carefully worded threats. The follow-up to July’s Only The Family Involved Vol. 1, Vol. 2 is home to “Crazy Story,” the buzzing new single by King Von, which has over 1.7 million YouTube views since its release last week, “Trappin Hard,” a Chi-town slapper from OTF Ikey, released last Friday, and features four new songs by Lil Durk. Featuring guest appearances from YNW Melly, Tee Grizzley and Sada Baby, Lil Durk Presents: Only The Family Involved Vol. 2 arrives via OTF/EMPIRE.
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Props to Park Hill
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