Lil Durk’s Debut ‘Remember My Name’ Is Bigger Than Money and Fame (Review)

Lil Durk doesn’t want to be forgotten in the game of Hip Hop. Durk has been waiting three years for this moment. He’s not giving it up or taking backwards steps for anyone. When it’s all said and done, Durk wants you to remember the name Durk Banks. Durk may be just a kidd from Chiraq, but he’s not just any kidd. Durk has a story to tell. Durk’s short rap career has been anything but glamorous. The past few years for the Def Jam rapper have been mired in hardships and tragedy. Durk had to fight through obstacles that included three gun cases and the tragic murders of his cousin OTF NuNu and manager OTF Chino. Anyone facing those setbacks would have understandably given up from the stress alone. But not Durk. Durk is cut from a different cloth. We can tell Durk’s album meant a lot to him. It was possibly the most important thing to him aside from his children. Durk’s mission with his debut project was to bring listeners inside his world of Chiraq. Durk told media outlets in the beginning to not critique for his violent lyrics, but to understand his struggle. According to OTF frontman, he’s just spitting out what his eyes have seen and is continuing to see.

Durk opens his project with the C-Sick produced record “500 Homicides.” The number 500 is symbolic of Chicago’s insane 2012 homicide total that earned it the title as the nation’s murder capital.

Durk lets off a lyrical assault on this track. The most notable rhyme was Durk shouting out many of Chicago’s notorious gangs as he raps, “Murder murder, kill kill, in the jam I’ll never squeal/My label only time I deal/I f*ck with Gs, Bs, Moes, Kings, Snakes, 4’s and the n*ggas underneath.”

Durk’s “Amber Alert” is one of the standout records on this project. This Metro Boomin production is on point and Durk’s rhymes are as well. Durk promises he can get you missing. It’s nothing for OTF frontman to do. Durk merches it with sinister rhymes like “When I say bro in that cut I ain’t just talking lyrics” and “Put two bricks on em, he dead by six something.”

Durk can spit that street sh*t with his mouth closed. But he also silenced critics who doubted he could make a solid radio record. Durk linked with fellow Chicagoan Jeremih on song “Like Me.”

Durk is confident in this Vinylz-produced record. Women dig confidence.

Durk says he is as real as they come. He raps, “Have you ever met a Chi Town n*gga? Girl, I heard you need a go-getter/You ain’t never meet a rapper with the swag of a savage and a dope dealer/I’m the realest n*gga that you see/I know you tired of them broke n*ggas/Heard he bought you a bag for a G/Why f*cking with them broke n*ggas?”

Lil Durk is a killer, so don’t push him. Durk’s is having female problems in “Lord Don’t Make Do It.” Durk doesn’t love em, so he one nights em.

Durk tells the women what they wanna hear so he can get that inch. He raps, “Out of all your friends, you the best (you I choose)/So I won’t cheat on you for them, that ain’t my status (h*e I’m sorry).”

Durk doesn’t want to be judged, but controversy follows him everywhere he goes. Durk’s B Wheezy production tapped a female vocalist to handle his hook.

She sings, “They be tryna judge me/I though that they loved me/But they don’t really know me.”

Loyalty is hard to come by for Durk. When Durk was down and out, he had few friends by his side, especially when he caught a gun charge.

Durk raps, “N*ggas talking bout they my mans and we friends/Where you was at when that man with that lanz offered me ten?”

Durk got you to feel his pain up until this point. Now he wants you to turn the f*ck up. This is a guaranteed to get listeners on their feet because this a DJ L beat. If you don’t know who DJ L is, you’re sleeping. Durk links up with fellow label mate Logic for this hot record.

Durk raps, “How many licks do it take til you get to the center of her mouth?/She geekin, she tweakin we turnt up we got, we all in the pot/KOD QOD, Magic, we f*cking the sacks up in five.”

Durk’s again taps DJ L for track seven. Durk’s “Higher” is a motivational record. Durk only wants to go onward and upward. He also wants to take his City with him. Durk’s hook has him rapping, “I just put on for me and my city and ever since, sh*t been on fire/I’m good but I’m tryna get higher/B*tch, I’m a dog, I’m a fighter.”

Durk knows he was put on this earth to accomplish a mission. At age 21, Durk has a clear sight of what that mission is.

Durk raps, “This is my blessing, my plan/I wanna thank all my fans/To yall, I’m forever the man/Fall off like most of these rappers/I don’t even like most of these rappers.”

Durk calls fu on all supposed gangsters in “Resume,” a Young Chop production. Durk again says he’s as real as they come. Durk has been a street guy since he fell into it. Durk is g checking wanksters in this record.

He asks, “What’s yo resume, n*gga?/You ain’t no killer/I’m asking what’s your resume, n*gga/I heard you ain’t no killer.”

Durk again collabs with Young Chop on song “What Your Life Like.” Durk talks the perils of the streets in this record. Durk’s time on the block was no cakewalk. While others grew up in a two-parent household with a white picket fence, Durk grew up around snakes in the ghetto.

Durk’s hook has him rapping, “The streets is my hustle/I’ve been through the struggle/Where them people be with you, but they really don’t love you/I’m addicted to sidewalks, I’m working, no time off/Gotta gain that time lost.”

Durk wants to know why she choosing in song “Why Me,” a London On Da Track production.

Durk raps, “I don’t know, I don’t know/Why she wanna f*ck I don’t know/Might even be for the clothes or the bands for the rolls/Might be the bottles and the bottle in the club we go.”

Durk grew up in the “Ghetto.” He’s not ashamed of it. Durk gives his new OTF artist Hypno Carlito some shine on this record. Though Durk is trying to make it out of the ghetto, he still has love for it.

Durk hits his Young Chop production, rapping, “I grew up with n*ggas doing like in the can/One time, fighting for land/But I grew up in the ghetto/Times I ain’t eat nun,
go to school just to eat lunch/No kid watching re-runs, wake up doing re-runs.”

Durk finishes his project with his album-titled record “Remember My Name.” Mr. Popo handles the vocals on this record. Popo reveals in this hook that Durk’s mission is bigger than money and fame. Durk’s name is what he wants to be remembered for. Durk ended this project perfectly. Durk wants fans to know where he came from and where he’s going. Hip Hop was Durk’s way out of the struggle. It hasn’t gotten less difficult for Durk, but he like’s the position he’s in now than a year ago. Durk laid the foundation of his legacy with this project. The scary thing is he can only get better.

Durk’s project is available in stores and iTunes.

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