Chicago rapper Lil Durk refined his gritty lyrics and auto-tuned style across a series of mixtapes and his 2015 debut LP, Remember My Name. He’s taken flak for relying so heavily on the voice-altering effects, but the 23-year-old rapper isn’t bothered by the naysayers. “If I were to let all that criticism get to me, I probably wouldn’t even have been right here ’cause I’d have been trying to sound like somebody else,” he tells Rolling Stone in an interview.
“No shade to the other artists in Chicago … but if you got confidence in yourself and you know you’re Number One, say it,” said Durk on his stature in Chicago’s music scene. Durk’s confidence is already impressing big names in rap like Jeezy, Young Thug and Yo Gotti, who collaborated on his upcoming EP Lil Durk 2X. “I wanted all good music, all turnt music, too,” Durk said. “A lot of projects I do be all ‘real’ music. So I wanted to do something different and just get good vibes.”