Lil Durk & J. Cole Preview Upcoming Collaboration

Durk and Cole have a hit on their hands.

BYAron A.
Lil Durk & J. Cole Preview Upcoming Collaboration

Lil Durk might have his first #1 record on his hands with his upcoming collaboration with J Cole. The two rappers linked up to film the music video for their upcoming single, which is supposed to land on Durk’s next album. Though a collab between the two artists can really go in any direction, it sounds like they have a hit on their hands. Lil Durk took to Instagram where he shared a snippet of the record from the video shoot. Surrounded by a group of kids, Cole holds the camera as he raps along to his verse.

Cole goes the melodic direction with his verse, clearly following Lil Durk’s lead. “Lately, I just wanna show up and body of shit, yeah, yeah/ Always been a lil’ mathematician, lately it’s cash I’m gettin/ I’m losin’ count of these bags, I been movin’ too fast/ Hard times don’t last, remember when cops harassed,” Cole raps. Durk delivers a monstrous hook that sounds prepared to top the charts. “All my life, they been trying to keep me down/ All my life, they thought I wouldn’t make it out,” Durk sings, backed by a choir of children.

Lil Durk’s Collab With J Cole Is On The Way

The Chicago rapper seems to be preparing the upcoming collab with J. Cole as the first single from his forthcoming album. Although it doesn’t have a date yet, he said that if his Instagram post reaches a certain quota, he’ll share the cover art and its release. “100K comments I’m dropping album cover and date call my bluff s/o Cole,” he wrote. “IM BACK.” At the time of writing, the post has racked up 465,000+ likes and nearly 69K comments. 

Durk announced the collaboration in early April when he was performing at Dreamville Festival. Although he explained that he wanted to perform at the North Carolina festival to get his feet wet in that space, he explained that he and J Cole recorded new music together. He didn’t necessarily provide any other information besides that but evidently, there’s a mutual respect for each other. We’ll keep you posted on a release date. Check out the snippet above. 

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Aron A. is a features editor for HotNewHipHop. Beginning his tenure at HotNewHipHop in July 2017, he has comprehensively documented the biggest stories in the culture over the past few years. Throughout his time, Aron’s helped introduce a number of buzzing up-and-coming artists to our audience, identifying regional trends and highlighting hip-hop from across the globe. As a Canadian-based music journalist, he has also made a concerted effort to put spotlights on artists hailing from North of the border as part of Rise & Grind, the weekly interview series that he created and launched in 2021. Aron also broke a number of stories through his extensive interviews with beloved figures in the culture. These include industry vets (Quality Control co-founder Kevin "Coach K" Lee, Wayno Clark), definitive producers (DJ Paul, Hit-Boy, Zaytoven), cultural disruptors (Soulja Boy), lyrical heavyweights (Pusha T, Styles P, Danny Brown), cultural pioneers (Dapper Dan, Big Daddy Kane), and the next generation of stars (Lil Durk, Latto, Fivio Foreign, Denzel Curry). Aron also penned cover stories with the likes of Rick Ross, Central Cee, Moneybagg Yo, Vince Staples, and Bobby Shmurda.