Lil’ Durk wasn’t expected to be a fixture on the underground Hip Hop scene.
The “Right Here” rapper revealed in an interview with Vibe Magazine he was told he wouldn’t amount to anything.
“Whatever you got your head on. Like if you got your head on basketball, go to basketball. Don’t let nobody tell you different,” he said. “Cuz people used to tell me I couldn’t rap. You ain’t gon make it. You ain’t gon be nothing. You gon be dead or in jail.
“I was bad, I ain’t gon lie. I went to jail, but I came out to this. I got a career on my hands and I got kids. And I got people that look up to me like you say, so I can’t set no bad example. I made a mistake by going to jail. It was before this rap. It’ll never happen again.”
Durk is remaining positive about his upcoming mixtape “Signed To The Streets.”
“I got a single that dropped March 28. It’s called “This Ain’t What You Want.” It’s going to be my outbreak single to the world, national; you know what I’m saying?”
Listen to “This Ain’t What You Want” below
The song has sparked controversy with many believing the track is a shot at slain Chicago rapper Lil’ JoJo.
The lyrics, in question, take aim at the BDK movement, an acronym for Black Disciple Killer, popularized by Lil’ JoJo.
“A n---- claiming 300 add a k you done,” Lil’ Durk raps.
Lil’ JoJo made the highly infamous track “3HunnaK.” Lil’ JoJo, born Joseph Coleman, takes aim at the Black Disciple street gang, namely members Lil’ Reese and Lil’ Durk.
“These n----- claim 300, but we BDK!” he raps in the song’s hook.
“Durk said f--- Bricksquad, so I can’t wait to catch. Squeeze this f------ 40 now they got him on a stretcher,” he later raps in the song.
“The theme of the song is how I am in Chicago. How I express me. Like the struggle,” Durk said. “I like real rap. I don’t like all of them lines like, ‘I’m hopping out of Phantoms’ and I’m not.”
Durk said fans should expect his latest mixtape in May.
“’Signed to Streets’ is going to be the next mixtape and it’s going to drop in May hosted by DJ Drama, so everybody be looking for that,” he said.
Watch Lil’ Durk’s Vibe interview below