Lil Durk on ‘Signed to the Streets’ and Being Famous in Prison

Lil Durk is eager to take the throne. Once relegated to an ancillary position in Chief Keef’s cadre, the 20-year-old Chicago native has spent the last year upping his own star wattage, including recently inking a partnership with French Montana’s Coke Boys. Durk recently opened up to Hive about his forthcoming mixtape Signed to the Streets (slated for July release) during a requisite press haul and explained the method to DJ Drama’s madness, wise words from Meek Mill and why being locked up in jail sucks.

You’re doing back-to-back interviews today, which gets repetitive very quickly I’m sure. What’s the most annoying question interviewers ask?

It gets tiring. That’s all. Uh, “Where do you see yourself in five years?” [Laughs]. Uh, [I answer], “Same?” “Success?”

That’s a pretty stupid question … So, where do you see yourself in 10 years?

[Pauses.] Uh. At the top?

I was kidding, but good answer. Anyways, how do you sum up your new mixtape Signed to the Streets?

It’s a lot more interesting. There’s a lot more storytelling. It’s different from my last mixtape but it’s still real rapping. I just stepped it up a notch. I got DJ Drama and he made it bigger. I got more attention on this mixtape, so it’s gotta be more interesting and live. It can’t be dull and turned down. Every word gotta count.

I’m guessing “Turned down” is the opposite of “Turned up,” a phrase that I hate with a passion. Put me on some new slang. What are they saying in Chicago right now?

Um. “Thots.” It means “Bitches.” There’s a lot of words. We talk way different anyways. Chicago got the Drill scene. Everybody say the same words. Like, “Brogas.”

I don’t think I can say any of those words. Chicago’s been getting a lot of love in hip-hop and I interviewed Chance the Rapper recently. Are you a fan of Acid Rap?

First. I looked at him like, he a cool dude. Then I went to SXSW and I went to [King] Louie’s show and he was there. He performed real crazy, hype. I like him, cause he got his own little style.

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