By Hayden Wright
Lil Durk’s 2015 debut album My Name is My Name didn’t show fans the softer side he exhibited on 2016’s 300 Days, 300 Nights mixtape. The tape’s biggest hits include “My Beyoncé,” the duet with Dej Loaf that set hearts aflutter. As he preps the release of his sophomore album Lil Durk 2X, he says he’s feeling less guarded and describes the album as a “second chance” to introduce himself. It doesn’t hurt that he promises Lil Durk 2X contains “more potential hits” and “more beat selection.”
“I ain’t sayin’ I switched up,” he told Billboard. “I just had more fun being me.”
He also said that he’s troubled by the spate of police brutality in America, and questions the kind of world in which his children might have to grow up.
“There’s violence everywhere. With [my kids], I can’t even say it’s a race thing because they’re mixed but my youngest son is black. That’s why I’m doing what I’m doing now,” he said. “My job is to put ’em up somewhere, playing baseball, soccer. I don’t want my kids to be on the streets period. I want my kids to be nerds. I want them to be book smart or playing sports—I don’t want them to know nothing about the streets.”