In the midst of a legal battle that has him facing multiple felonies, Lil Durk hasn’t been able to speak out or do much press in support of his Love Songs For the Streets 2 project. To combat that in the best way possible, Durkio released a six-minute mini-documentary on Wednesday (Sept. 4), which finds the Chicago native detailing his mindset when crafting the 16-track effort.
“I want to relate. I don’t want to just rap and go to the next album. I really want you to feel it and call me and be like, ‘Man, this is getting me through the day.’ If I get no feedback, I’ll be mad. Even if it goes number one, I’ll be like, ‘I didn’t do what I was supposed to,'” Durk says. “It’s like real moody music. My message is just showing people how I came from nothing.”
Durk fancies himself as a student of the game in hip-hop, but understands it’s all about what he can do to stand out and separate himself from the pack going forward. “Everybody always going to sound like somebody. You got to separate yourself. What makes you different than him? You guys rap about the same stuff,” he says. “I don’t throw shade at anybody like, ‘You sound like me.’ I get a feeling about it. Like damn, I like this shit and I’m doing good. Now it’s time to separate me from them.”
The rest of the short film sees the OTF frontman explaining how his “Extravagant” collaboration with Nicki Minaj came together, working with Cole Bennett on the visuals, becoming a better performer, plus much more. Just last month, the 26-year-old got permission from Georgia courts to begin traveling again for work, as he continues to fight to clear his name.
Watch the mini-doc below.