|Specializing in heartfelt, hard-nosed, and melodic street anthems, Chicago’s Lil Durk turns heads with every track. Emoting in the rain and bemoaning gun violence in his hometown, Durk reflects on personal loss in “Cross Roads,” his latest video. Mourning lost loved ones, including the recently departed Chicago rap icon Fredo Santana, Durk shows off his singing voice as the Complex-premiered video cycles through different backgrounds, including black-and-white clips of those no longer with us and a white room with a coffin. The latest video from Durk’s recent Just Cause Y’all Waited EP, “Cross Roads” channels the famous chorus from “Tha Crossroads,” by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, one of Durk’s favorite rap groups.
“The ‘Crossroads’ video means a lot to me because Bone Thugs was a big influence on me growing up,” explained Lil Durk to Complex. “I wish I could’ve had them in the video but this was a way to capture the lyrics of the song into a visual that makes people think. RIP Fredo. Put the cup down, because I did.”
His first project since departing Def Jam, Just Cause Y’all Waited is a twelve-track collection of melodic bangers that thrive on Durk’s trademark emotional honesty. Further evidence of the Chicago-bred aritst’s seamless fit within the vibrant scene of his new hometown of Atlanta, Just Cause Y’all Waited EP is an important transitional record for Durk. Praised by Pitchfork, who wrote “Lil Durk writes about Chicago the way Joan Didion once captured California,” Just Cause Y’all Waited features tracks such as the DY of 808 Mafia-produced “Durkio Krazy,” which has over 5 million combined plays for its audio on YouTube, the buzzing “1-773 Vulture,” a street remix to Logic’s hit single “1-800-273-8255” that reached the 7 million view mark on YouTube, the Lil Baby-featuring lead single “How I Know,” currently featured on Spotify’s Most Necessary playlist, and the flashy “When I Was Little,” which has 813,000 views since its premiere last week. Featuring additional appearances from PartyNextDoor, Ty Dolla $ign, Gunna, and TK Kravitz, and with production from 808 Mafia and others, Just Cause Y’all Waited EP is a formidable appetizer for Signed to the Streets 3, due later this year.