Lil Durk’s name has been associated with two high profile beefs with Game and Tyga these past couple of months. After tensions with Game escalated to a standoff at a club during BET Awards weekend that later got resolved over the phone, the Chicago rapper wants to have a clean slate moving forward. He is focused on squashing beefs with his former enemies to put all his effort into music.
“That shit ain’t shit in my eyes. I’m working. We ain’t beefing with nobody,” he says of his recent feud with Tyga. “I gotta stay in that light where people will see me and hear me. And not be scared of me, you know?”
So far, the 2014 XXL Freshman is keeping his eye on the prize. Yesterday, Durk released his often-delayed mixtape, Signed To The Streets 2, to a huge viral response. He says the reason for pushing the release date was because he wanted to go back and tweak some verses. “We got 150 songs in the coup,” Durk explains. “When we pick the ones for the mixtape, we just redid verses and fixed the beat up. Shit like that to make it better. Spice it up.”
On the 18-track effort, Durk supplies his fans with more anthems and narratives about the struggle. Tracks like “War Wit Us,” “I Made It” and “Gas And Mud” are current representations of Durk’s perspective in Chicago. French Montana, who signed Durk to Coke Boys back in May of last year, appears on “Fly High.”
Although Durk dropped his mixtape 24 hours ago, he doesn’t stop working on new material. He‘s currently putting all his attention to his major label debut, Remember My Name, which is slated to have a big single with French Montana and Chris Brown. “We already halfway through the album,” he says. “We took a trip to Atlanta and met with all the producers. Metro [Boomin’], [Young] Chop, London [On Da Track]. We just settled in. We went off the name [of the album] and started playing beats. We got straight to it. We got a lot of stuff for the album that sounds way different than the mixtape that delves deeper into life.”
Noticeably absent on Signed To The Streets 2 are collaborations with Chief Keef, Fredo Santana and Lil Reese. Has Durk officially moved on from his former affiliates? “I’m my own boss, you know?,” he states. “I’m just trying to show people that I ain’t gotta ride off no movement. I can ride off myself.”
Signed To The Streets 2 is available now.