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Lil Durk, 'Signed to the Streets'

Lil Durk, Signed to the Streets
Courtesy of Lil Durk

Fellow first-wave Chicago drill rappers Chief Keef and Lil Reese may have struggled to replicate the success of 2012, but Lil Durk avoided any pitfalls with July's Signed to the Streets. (He's actually signed to Def Jam.) Like many young rappers, Durk favors music that blurs the line between rapping and Auto-Tuned singing, but on STTS he displays the chops that earned him his major label deal, be it on the surreal dreamscape of "Bang Bros" or his melodic, defiant street hit "Dis Ain't What U Want."

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