Lil Durk has come a long way since gracing the cover of XXL’s Freshman issue in 2014, and even further since his days of growing up on Chicago’s South Side.
Musically, he’s just wrapped up his most prolific year to date, first surprising fans with Long Songs for the Streets—a mixtape featuring Young Thug, Moneybagg Yo and YFN Lucci—in February. He followed that effort with Supa Vultures alongside Lil Reese, his own mixtape sequel Signed to the Streets 2.5, and closed out the year with the Midwest tag team project Bloodas, with Tee Grizzley.
“Coming from the Midwest, it’s something we always wanted to do,” Durk tells XXL about the latter project’s Chi City-to-Motor City connection. Beyond the music, though, Durk is making strides in his personal life. He’s got a new love interest, a renewed sense of faith and a change of scenery (he relocated to Atlanta last year).
Durk begins this year with a clean slate, but he’s already got plans for Signed to the Streets 3, another installment of the mixtape series he began five years ago. “We got some things we working on—we just tryna bring in 2018 in a good way, in a good vibe,” he says. “Different, showing growth.”
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