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3D3N Review: Did Lil Durk Reach Elite Status?

Lil Durk's new mixtape

There was a point over the summer when we thought Chicago drill rapper, Lil Durk, was going to name this tape “Signed To The Streets 3”.

Instead, Durk decided to run with “300 Days 300 Nights“, which is a play-off from his crews name “300”, who has members such as Chief Keef, Lil Reese, and Fredo Santana.

This is the “OTF” Godfather’s fifth mixtape. Durk also released his first studio album this past Summer, entitled, “Remember My Name”. 

This tape has features from Dej Loaf (Durk’s alleged girlfriend), Meek Mill (he’s still alive?), Future, and etc.

Okay, let me stop faking and get down to dissecting the mixtape.

Intro” – Big Durk, Lil Durk’s father, graced the opening of “3D3N” by delivering a chilling message. He’s been in jail for 22 years for pushing tons of weight.

Here’s the track:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jA8X2os5aXE

This was a great tone setter, as Durk expresses his pain after dealing with two major losses this year. Durk’s manager, OTF Chino and first cousin, OTF Nunu, were both killed due to gun violence.

Gunz N Money” – After the first few seconds, you instantly got the ‘old Durk’ feel here. He came out very aggressive, which was evident by some of his lines in the first verse.

 We see a opp we punish him
Word to Nuski killer
Word to Chino killer
Word to Moski killer
We know we gon’ kill you
You know we don’t feel you
You know we gon’ get ’em
They know we them n*ggas
They know we them n*ggas

The hook is very catchy and when you couple that with the savage beat, you have something to ride out to in your coupe for the next few weeks.

Check out the video:

“Make It Back” – For a tape that has tons of energy, this song is the complete opposite. Not sure why, but it sounds like Durk is emulating Chief Keef’s voice in this one a bit.

This track was very underwhelming for me.

Lil Durk drops waffle house

“Waffle House” Feat. Young Dolph – The highlight of this tape may have been learning that Durk’s trap house has a ‘Waffle House’.

In the hook, Durk utilizes his voice to the best of his ability, which makes the sound much more appealing to the ear, even if he isn’t a Bryson Tiller.

However, Young Dolph’s verse could’ve been much harder.

“This Case” – Here’s another one (DJ Khaled voice) with an old Durk touch. It’s a very up-tempo track with some very hardcore lyrics.

 Feds ain’t picking up this case
The feds ain’t picking up this case
Feds ain’t picking up this case
The rugger i got, pick up his face
The feds ain’t picking up this case
The feds ain’t picking up this case
Feds ain’t picking up this case
The rugger i got, pick up his face

Expect to hear a lot of people say this is their favorite song off the tape. 

My Beyonce

“My Beyonce” Feat. Dej Loaf – When this song was released a few weeks ago, it was instantly meant to be pushed as a single.

I mean, come on, Durk and Dej are currently the most relevant young rap couple and with this being their first song together, you just knew it was going to break the internet.

Similar to Future and Blac Chyna, these two will be releasing an official music video soon.

Here’s the preview:

“On Em” – On this one, Durk is clearly sending a message to people that have been keeping his name in their mouth.

Whoever he is addressing, they may want to watch their back because he doesn’t seem to be playing any games.

“Believe It Or Not” – As weird as this may sound, apparently there’s folks out there questioning Durk’s street cred.

So, on this track, Durk addresses those claims by explaining the work he’s put in on the block. Once again, Durk displays his unique sound via auto tune with a catchy hook that will have you singing along in the whip.

“Every Night” – There’s multiple producers who have their fingerprints all over this mixtape, but this is the only track with D. Brookz behind it, which is evident.

In the background, there’s different instruments on display and with an unique baseline to compliment Durk’s voice, it makes for a very good sound. The production here is simply amazing.

“Spent Time” Feat. Meek Mill – When I saw Meek Mill featured on the tape, I was highly anticipating to hear from the Philly rapper.

Nonetheless, I came away very disappointed as Meek just scored 10 points instead of going for a 30 ball.

Here’s his verse:

 N*gga counted me out, should’ve counted me in
F*ck up the count on the milli, f*ck it we count it again
N*ggas they never could kill me, I’m going out with the win
I’m going out with my 30, banging on you and your friend
Bending the corner just me and Omelly we riding the seven
I pull up on n*ggas they never could touch in bulletproof Caddies
I’m hitting up BB and I’m calling Lolo to bring through the ladders
They bend through your corner they hitting whoever it don’t even matter
Creeping through my block I’m looking for my man
Pussy n*gga made me go and spend a hundred grand
The type of murder that your mama wouldn’t understand
I bring it to him brown bag with the rubber band

That verse would’ve been cool if Meek wasn’t still recovering from being bodied by a ‘singing n*gga’ , but since he’s still trying to repair his image, he had to come way harder than this.

“Jump Off” – Maybe I’m looking too deep into this, but this seems to be a response to his opp, Lil Jay, who proclaims Durk isn’t about that life and that he hasn’t been in the field because he stays on the porch.

Well, Durk, wants people to know that he hopped off the porch along time ago and that he’s well respected in the Chicago streets.

The first few lines of the hook tell you all you need to know.

Playing with Glocks that was a sport
Momma told me to get back on that porch
Handing out money, trap house slow
Robbing & hustling was so damn important

Overall, this was one of the better songs on the tape. Durk flowed well throughout, from his hook to his verse and the beat is easy to nod your head to.

“On My Soul” – Nowadays, whenever an artist becomes famous, some fans on social media love to proclaim they somehow sold their soul for the same.

In the hook, Durk brushes off those rumors and he uses it against the naysayers by saying his oppositions will get exposed on ‘his’ soul.

It was also interesting to hear Durk push his vocals on this track, which didn’t end up sounding too bad. He’s still not T-Pain or Future with the auto tune but he’s getting there slowly.

“Nobody” – In case you weren’t aware, “OTF” stands for “Only the Family”.

Durk and his boys really live by that motto. The squad only hangs around one another because they can’t afford to trust a soul.

Just like in “On My Soul”, Durk pushes his vocals on the hook here and it works.

“Street N*gga” – Durk has never been known for ‘elite’ lyrics, but on this song, he keeps it super vanilla with repetitive word play.

Luckily, the beat and overall sound makes this track tolerable to ride to, but this won’t be one of those songs you ask to hear back to back.

“Mud” – He’s reminiscing here on how things were so tough growing up and that there was really nobody in his corner as he started from scratch.

Now, that he’s famous, Durk doesn’t want people in his face that weren’t with him when he got everything from the mud.

“Drug Party” – In every recent Durk project, he’ll have at least one of these type of songs. This is a very upbeat and feel good track.

Obviously, this track is about drugs and liquor. However, the beat and chorus almost makes you forget all about the illegal things being mentioned because it has such a good feel to it.

Expect to hear this at your next local kickback.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66rCUZdLVQs

“Ride 4 Me” – No other song on this mixtape sounds quite like this one, which is why I’m very fond of this piece of art.

The sound is amazing because you hear this soft and heavenly female voice in the background as Durk is spitting some deep stuff.

“Mean To Me” Feat. Zona Man & Future – Look what we have here, a Future sighting. As expected, Future set the tone by killing the hook with his classic raspy voice that appeals to the masses.

All three guys here had good verses, even though Future named about a million drugs throughout his verse.

Here’s the official music video:

Final Statement: All in all, this mixtape was a good listen. For the most part, you can play this all the way through with maybe an exception of a couple tracks. However, this project didn’t push Durk to elite status.

In order for the 23-year-old to elevate his game to the next level, he’ll have to stop giving his opps so much attention in his songs. At the same time, with OTF Chino and OTF Nunu dying this year, it was expected for Durk to speak on it throughout this tape. It’ll be interesting to see how Durk performs in 2016.

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