Summer Slam: Lil Durk x Lil Boosie

July 30, 2021 | 8:00pm

Summer Slam: Lil Durk x Lil Boosie

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Lil Durk

Chicago rapper Lil Durk began to catch on in the early 2010s when he was still a teenager, bringing pop touches to a raw lyrical style and helping set the pace for the melodic sound that Chicago became known for as the decade progressed. His fame grew as he grappled with various legal troubles, and he released multiple albums that charted in the higher regions of the Billboard 200, with Love Songs 4 the Streets 2 (2019) and The Voice (2020) both reaching the Top Five.

Born Durk D. BanksLil Durk grew up in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago’s South Side. The rapper/singer started issuing mixtapes through his collective 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 ReeseFredo 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.

Durk‘s debut album, Remember My Name, followed in 2015 and featured LogicJeremih, and King Popo as guests. DeJ LoafYo 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 StreetsSupa Vultures (with Lil Reese), and Bloodas (with Tee Grizzley). He continued into 2018 with Just Cause Y’all Waited — which peaked just outside the Top 50 — and Durkio Krazy, a collaborative tape with 808 Mafia‘s DY. Third studio album Signed to the Streets 3 appeared in November and reached the Top 20 of the Billboard 200.

Lil Boosie

Louisiana rapper Boosie Badazz took his raw, uncut style from deep underground circles to mainstream success over the course of a long, winding career arc. After starting out rapping in the ’90s as part of a collective called Concentration Camp, he was taken under the wing of Pimp C as a solo artist. Throughout the 2000s and beyond, Boosie’s acclaim grew as he moved into the big leagues on major-label-funded albums like 2010’s Incarcerated.