By Rey Banuelos
Many of us are continuning to adjust to the stay-at-home orders. I have felt somewhat angry and needed some sort of escapism. As someone who enjoys relishing in the backdrop of hip-hop, I was excited to hear about Lil Durk’s new mixtape Just Cause Y’all Waited 2, released on May 8, 2020. This is a follow up to his previous mixtape Just Cause Y’all Waited.
The first thing I did was find the loudest speaker to blast the new drill mixtape. Lil Durk has described himself as the inventor of “melodize drill.” This album delivers on his style of rap. Since its release, the mixtape has had great reviews.
Lil Durk is a rapper from Chicago who is known for specializing in drill, a subgenre of rap. The rapper has released at least one mixtape a year since 2011, but oftentimes many more. The project includes features from Chicago natives, Polo G and G Herbo. It also includes Atlanta rappers Lil Baby and Gunna. The tape has over 15 songs, most of which are less than three minutes long, made perfectly to fit streaming platforms.
As I listened to the first track, “Different Meaning,” Lil Durk’s classic mellow style starts to takeover. It is a great introduction song. “Different Meaning” is the perfect delivery of motivational lyrics and a trap-centric melodic beat. It gives a great opening to what the rest of the mixtape will sound like.
The next song, “Street Affection,” is probably one of my favorites on the mixtape. The theme of “Street Affection” discusses gang-related life by describing the daily problems many gangsters face and trust issues. The delivery of is song is a good reminder of Lil Durk’s street reputation and struggles with the legal system.
The third song on the tape, “3 Headed Goat,” features Polo G and Lil Baby. With help from these two artists, this song is the first club-banger on the album. Another song that is club-focused is “Gucci Gucci.” It combines parts of drill and the Atlanta trap style of rap. “Viral Moments” is Durk’s most popular streamed song on the mixtape.
Last month Lil Durk publicized the album after the releasing the song. I found the next four songs are what truly make this album a great listen. “248” through “Street Prayer” are traditional Lil Durk flows that many of his fans love. The songs sync up when transitioning and are all related to common topics Lil Durk likes to rap about: difficult love affairs, Chicago gang violence and the “come-up.”
“Chiraq Demons” is perhaps the most high-tempo song on the album. The song has an angry drill delivery mostly from G Herbo’s loud freestyling. The final few songs are, in my opinion, the weakest on the mixtape. The finale of the album is “Fabricated” and is another of my favorite songs from the tape.
After listening to each track, I can conclude that this album is going to played on multiple playlists throughout the world. It is not anything over-the-top, but this album will help calm the angst we may be feeling. The rap that we need ought to be raw and emotional with a positive underlining message. You can listen to his album on Spotify, Soundcloud, Apple Music and other streaming platforms.
Featured image by Rey Banuelos.