BEST NEW MUSIC: LIL DURK - NEIGHBORHOOD HERO
Lil Durk’s “Neighborhood Hero” is some bonafide uplifting shit. Sure the tune has got a more somber tone, with numerous serious lines about friends dead and in prison, but this track also serves as a wake up call for us all, and especially for those in Durk’s old Chicago neighborhood.
Lil Durk is here to help, now a real Neighborhood Hero himself, by starting a charitable organization to help turn his neighborhood (and surrounding Chi-town ones) around-- from poverty to prosperity.
Durk is Atlanta based now in 2018 (Durk moved after his manager Chino Dolla was shot in 2015-- he is name-dropped all over this song, RIP), but he’s clearly got mad love for the place he grew up. It shows unabashedly with this song, accompanying video, and neighborhood hero organization. Now Lil Durk is spreading his success as wide as he possibly can.
This is more than a tune, it’s a rallying cry.
LIL DURK - NEIGHBORHOOD HERO
This track was produced by Niaggi, and it’s sure doing a lot in it’s minimal simplicity. Cashmere Cat style strings and big trap beats subtly highlight Durk’s compassionate and mumble-adjacent flow. He’s mellow and passionate, shouting love to his people but also bringing up his own shortcomings. “Neighborhood Hero” is the fourth single off of Little Durk’s “Signed to the Streets 3” but the first one out there trying to change shit for the better. The full album drops November 9th, which is just around the corner (or in the past depending when you’re reading this). The album’s got major features and collabs from Future, Ty Dolla $ign and Young Dolph as well as up and comers like Gunna, Lil Baby and Juice Wrld.
If you down with the hip or the hop his is about to be your new shit.
The black and white video above shows what life is really like over in Durk’s old stomping grounds. The video makes sure to focus on and highlight the more positive aspects, with Durk’s new Neighborhood Hero organization showing up to high schools and giving students mad love. They’re freaking out, and he’s giving back.
There is the feeling of hope all over this thing, showing that Durk and “Neighborhood Hero” are working overtime to make these small Chicago communities flourish. Nice to see someone really giving back. Lil Durk out here, slangin hope for all of us.
Make sure to give this whole record a listen this weekend. If it speaks to you, figure out how to donate to Neighborhood Hero.
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