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First Impressions Of Lil Durk’s New Album ‘Almost Healed’

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First Impressions Of Lil Durk’s New Album ‘Almost Healed’

Lil Durk has been working on himself lately. Ahead of the release of his latest album, Almost Healed, Durk shared the project’s lead single, “All My Life,” featuring J. Cole. The song opens with Cole crooning, “Durkio told me he been on some positive shit.” This message is a prelude to what Almost Healed has to offer: the reflections and revelations of a Chicago staple trying to overcome the demons of his past with positivity.

Over the course of 21 tracks, Durk takes listeners through his healing process and how he’s been dealing with the losses of his brother and labelmate King Von, who died within two years of each other. Tapping artists like 21 Savage, Young Thug, Alicia Keys, and more, the Chicago rapper gets vulnerable while still delivering tracks for the streets that were present on previous projects like 7220 and The Voice. As his nickname suggests, Durk feels responsible for being “the voice” of his streets, and uses this new album to reflect and try to move beyond the trauma he’s experienced.

So where is Lil Durk in his healing process? How do these vulnerable songs translate over hard-hitting beats? Some members of the Complex music staff share our first-listen thoughts.

Best song?

Jordan: “All My Life” encapsulates everything that Almost Healed is meant to embody—trying to change behaviors in order to help the next generation—and it’s also the best-sounding song on the album.

Jessica: “Never Imagined” with Future stands out the most to me. Future’s flow is captivating and exciting, and the transition into Lil Durk’s verse is also seamless. I think the most enjoyable songs from Durk are when he’s floating over a sentimental beat with a melodic flow. So, this song checks all the boxes for me.

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Dee-1’s Perspective on Joe Budden’s Critique: A Discussion for SNLVIFE

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In the world of hip-hop and podcasting, debates and disagreements are not uncommon. One such instance that has caught our attention at SNLVIFE involves Joe Budden and Christian rapper Dee-1. Budden, a well-known figure in the industry, has openly criticized Dee-1’s approach in the rap scene. According to Budden, Dee-1, at 34, might be stepping out of line by calling out various individuals without establishing his own credibility first. Budden’s advice, albeit delivered in his characteristic blunt manner, raises an important question: Is Joe Budden right in his assessment, or does Dee-1 have a valid point in his approach?

Budden’s stance is clear. He believes that Dee-1 should first establish himself more firmly in the industry before taking the liberty to call out others. “I’m telling you as somebody that knows the history of the people you’re speaking about. Leave them alone — especially those who might not take kindly to your words,” Budden stated in a recent podcast.

Dee-1, on the other hand, responded to Budden’s criticism with a message of his own. He suggested that Budden is not fulfilling his higher purpose, a purpose that Dee-1 believes is ordained by God. “God doesn’t call the qualified, God qualifies the called,” Dee-1 remarked, indicating his belief that his mission transcends conventional industry norms. He even mentioned preparing a diss track about Budden but chose not to release it, fearing it would detract from his overarching goal of unity and improvement.

This exchange between Dee-1 and Joe Budden opens up several intriguing questions for our readers at SNLVIFE:

  1. Is Joe Budden’s Critique Justified? – Do you think Budden’s advice about establishing credibility before calling out others is valid in the rap industry?
  2. Dee-1’s Approach: Bold or Reckless? – Is Dee-1’s method of addressing issues in the industry a sign of boldness or a reckless disregard for industry norms?
  3. The Role of Purpose in Artistry – Dee-1 speaks of a higher purpose in his music. How important do you think it is for artists to have a sense of purpose beyond fame and recognition?
  4. Impact of Public Disagreements – What impact do public disagreements like this have on the hip-hop community and its audience?

We at SNLVIFE are keen to hear your thoughts on these questions. Your insights and opinions are valuable to us, and we plan to feature some of the top ideas in an upcoming podcast. This is your chance to be part of a larger conversation about artistry, purpose, and the dynamics of the hip-hop industry. Share your views in the comments section below, and stay tuned for more updates and discussions on this topic.

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Lil Durk, Alicia Keys – Therapy Session / Pelle Coat (Official Video)

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Stream “Pelle Coat” off Lil Durk’s New Album, Almost Healed. Out Now: https://lilDurk.lnk.to/AlmostHealed Tour On Sale: http://almost-healed.com/ Follow Lil Durk: https://LilDurk.lnk.to/instagram https://LilDurk.lnk.to/twitter https://LilDurk.lnk.to/TikTok https://LilDurk.lnk.to/Facebook Listen To Lil Durk: https://LilDurk.lnk.to/spotify https://LilDurk.lnk.to/applemusic https://LilDurk.lnk.to/soundcloud Shop: https://otfgear.com/ Subscribe: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-Durk Director : Steve Cannon Executive Producer : Nolan Riddle Executive producer :Peter Jideonwo “unnecessaryballing” Producer : Tashi Bhutia DP: Liam Reardon & BBTHDP Editor : Keats Sound Design : Ayo Douson Titles : Damien O DeAnda

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Diddy, City Girls, and Fabolous get freaky in new “Act Bad” video

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Diddy, City Girls, and Fabolous get freaky in new “Act Bad” video

“If you look good, act bad” might be the platonic ideal of a summer slogan — a simple mantra that can be used to write off bad behavior as the weather gets steamy. With this emphatic statement of intent, Diddy, City Girls, and Fabolous are laying it all on the line in an attempt to do for summer 2023 what Meg, Nicki, and Ty did for summer 2019: provide an unimpeachable summer anthem for rash decisions and guilt-free entanglements.

 

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