Lil Durk Denied His Recent Meeting With Chicago’s New Mayor Was Album Promo: ‘It’s Saving Kids’ Lives’
Written by B87FM on May 10, 2023
Chicago rapper Lil Durk has taken to calling himself “The Voice” of his hometown, and it looks like he’s taking that self-declared position seriously. He recently met with Chicago’s new mayor Brandon Johnson in an effort to address the city’s violent reputation. Earlier this week, some behind-the-scenes footage surfaced online, prompting Durk to take the defensive against fans who cynically called the meet-up part of his album rollout.
Lil Durk sits down with Chicago’s mayor-elect Brandon Johnson to discuss Durk’s Neighborhood Hero Foundation 👨🏾💼🤝🏾 pic.twitter.com/pGxc4WtLnt
— The Chicago Wave (@TheChicagoWave) May 8, 2023
In the comments of a DJ Akademiks post featuring the footage, he wrote, “It ain’t album promo it’s saving kids’ [lives].”
Durk’s certainly been putting his money where his mouth is. In April, he donated over a quarter of a million dollars to HBCU scholarships, while late last year, he vowed to stop name-dropping slain enemies in his music. Even the music itself might be taking a more positive edge; Durk teased one of the new songs from the album, which features J. Cole, with the help of a large cadre of teens.
Lil Durk will rap about shooting somebody so much they twitch every 30 minutes and then go be a fake activist with the mayor
— Depressed Cowboys Fan (@ChickenColeman) May 8, 2023
Stop saying my name on all negativity I’m smarter then that post what we doing for these kids 🏆🌏 – the voice
— THE VOICE (@lildurk) May 8, 2023
While some skeptics could certainly view Durk’s uplifting turn as more of a shrewd business move than a newfound life philosophy, it at least looks like he wants to continue making a difference in the streets of the Windy City.