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EDITORS’ NOTES

The cover of Lil Durk’s Signed to the Streets 3 contains a letter from the rapper that doubles as a mission statement: “Before I signed any contract ever in my life, I signed myself to you, the streets, and I promise to represent you forever,” it concludes. Though Durk’s origins lie in Chicago drill, his output since his 2012 breakout, “L’s Anthem,” has proved him a far more dynamic rapper than most who emerged from the scene, thanks to both his content and his signature Auto-Tuned singsong delivery.

Signed to the Streets 3, Durk’s first release since he left Def Jam (he’s claimed in interviews that the label wanted him to go pop), is the rapper breaking down the street life he pledges allegiance to on an increasingly personal level. Kodak Black, Gunna (who appears twice), and Future pitch in to talk about life paths they’ve escaped, but Durk flies solo on “India, Pt II,” a song dedicated to the mother of his youngest child, and “I Know,” where he tells stories about people in his life who have disappointed him. On “Neighborhood Hero,” Durk makes it a point to call for the release of incarcerated Detroit kingpin/hood hero Big Meech—reaffirming that regardless of where his music takes him, it remains, above all else, a platform for the concerns of the streets.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The cover of Lil Durk’s Signed to the Streets 3 contains a letter from the rapper that doubles as a mission statement: “Before I signed any contract ever in my life, I signed myself to you, the streets, and I promise to represent you forever,” it concludes. Though Durk’s origins lie in Chicago drill, his output since his 2012 breakout, “L’s Anthem,” has proved him a far more dynamic rapper than most who emerged from the scene, thanks to both his content and his signature Auto-Tuned singsong delivery.

Signed to the Streets 3, Durk’s first release since he left Def Jam (he’s claimed in interviews that the label wanted him to go pop), is the rapper breaking down the street life he pledges allegiance to on an increasingly personal level. Kodak Black, Gunna (who appears twice), and Future pitch in to talk about life paths they’ve escaped, but Durk flies solo on “India, Pt II,” a song dedicated to the mother of his youngest child, and “I Know,” where he tells stories about people in his life who have disappointed him. On “Neighborhood Hero,” Durk makes it a point to call for the release of incarcerated Detroit kingpin/hood hero Big Meech—reaffirming that regardless of where his music takes him, it remains, above all else, a platform for the concerns of the streets.

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About Lil Durk

Durk D. Banks, aka Lil Durk, is a rapper and singer from the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois' South Side. He started issuing mixtapes through OTF (Only the Family) in August 2011 with I'm a Hitta and quickly followed it with I'm Still a Hitta (April 2012) and Life Ain't No Joke (October 2012), the latter of which came out just after the typically melodic and kicked-back "L's Anthem," his debut single for Def Jam. The same year, he was featured on a string of tracks with fellow Chicago natives and close associates like Lil Reese, Fredo Santana, and Chief Keef. "Dis Ain't What U Want," his second Def Jam single, was released in May 2013, just before his affiliation with French Montana's Coke Boys was made official. His debut album, Remember My Name, followed in 2015 and featured Logic, Jeremih, and King Popo as guests. DeJ Loaf, Yo Gotti, and Young Thug landed on his 2016 LP 2X, which also featured the single "She Just Wanna" (with Ty Dolla $ign). In 2017, Durk teamed up with DeJ Loaf for the single "The One." Several mixtapes arrived during the year, including Love Songs for the Streets, Supa Vultures (with Lil Reese), and Bloodas (with Tee Grizzley). ~ Andy Kellman

HOMETOWN
Chicago, IL
BORN
19 October 1992

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