Lil Durk has said he wants to play a part in ending Chicago’s sequence of violence.
In a new interview with Rolling Stone magazine, the ‘Chi City’ rapper expressed his thoughts on rap music and violence and claimed that he would no longer make reference to the deceased in any of his future rap songs.
Durk said that he wanted to stop the ongoing gang violence in his native city’s altogether.
“I’m going to start by getting the city together,” Lil Durk said.
“To do my part to slow down the violence,” the rapper added.
Later in the interview, Durk spoke about his upbringing in the city and revealed that he experienced immense some really bad days before he recently hit his 30th birthday this year.
He spoke about how he wanted to play a part in halting violence by not rapping about the topic any more in his music.
Instead, Durk shared his ambition of becoming a more business focused man.
“Even if you do 99 percent of sh*t right, you still got 1 percent of the demons with you,” Lil Durk stated in the interview.
“You get angry fast, and one reply can f**k up a billion dollars,” he shared, “That’s why I’m not saying names no more [in my music].”
“I ain’t speaking on the dead no more — none of that,” Durk added.
Lil Durk spoke about his hopes for the future.
“I’m not chasing death no more,” Durk said.
“I’m chasing a billion dollars,” the rapper said, “I want our kids to grow up safe and sound, to be able to have fun, to have a real life.”
Over the last two years, Durk, who’s real name is Durk Derrick Banks, has had some of his closest friends and family die due to Chicago’s widespread gun violence.
In June 2021, Durk’s older brother, Dontay Banks Jr, known as the rapper D-Thang, was shot dead in the city.
Last month, Durk and fellow Chicago rapper King Von were cleared of attempted murder charges that relate to an incident that took place in Atlanta in 2019.
King Von was shot dead in 2020.
Last March Lil Durk released his album 7220 to much success.
The album was awarded gold status by the RIAA thanks to its high sales , which saw it peak at number one in the US Billboard 200 charts.
The rapper dropped the video for ‘Risky’ most recently, amassing 6 million views so far.