Lil Durk says he’s been blackballed. Over the weekend, the Chicago rapper took to Instagram to say that he’s done well for himself in the music industry despite having no help. “I been doing this s— black balled,” he wrote alongside the laughing tears emoji.
He didn’t add much context to the accusation which is why some fans were confused about his cryptic post. “How is he blackballed with the whole industry on his albums with mainstream features,” tweeted one fan. One fan didn’t believe the rapper writing, “He’s obviously trolling.”
Despite Durk’s “blackballed” claims, the rapper posted some behind-the-scenes photos of him and J. Cole for their upcoming collab “All My Life” recently. Durk spoke to XXL about how the collab came about.
“We were just trying to figure out like what’s the right person to put on it,” Durk said of the Dr. Luke-produced track. “‘Cause it’s one of those songs where if it’s not the right person to do the second verse… I feel like Cole can bring the energy that I’m looking for to it. So, if it wasn’t J. Cole, it’d be [Kanye], but Ye, he tucked away somewhere.”
The song will be on Durk’s upcoming album The Voice 2.0, which is expected to arrive sometime soon. Last month the rapper said that the project is “done.” “Growth. That’s what the 2.0 stand for, just be on another level,” he said of the follow-up to 2020’s The Voice. “Just not only music-wise, like the things around me like I told you, growing from the friends around me, management. Sitting with the mayor. We doin’ big charity things. Neighborhood Heroes, the foundation I got.”
He added: “So, we just doing different things, ’cause if you say you The Voice, it’s like, OK, you The Voice of the Streets, so what happened? What you do? I did this, this, cool. OK, now what you do for the kids? Nah’m sayin’? So, now we just breaking it down. So, we doing this, we doing this, we doing this. Not only on Thanksgiving, not only on Christmas, just on a regular basis, helping people.”
A released date for “All My Life” has not yet been announced.