Lil Durk Details His Mourning Process

Rather than burden his loved ones or take to social media, his grief is something he would prefer to express alone.

BYGabriel Bras Nevares
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Lil Durk may be an incredibly successful and praised MC, but that status came after years of hardship, struggle, and grief. Moreover, he recently sat down to reflect on that process in an interview with DJ Akademiks on his Off The Record podcast. Of course, that conversation broached a lot of topics, including Gunna's plea deal, Kanye West producing his next album Almost Healed before he scrapped the idea, and much more. However, this part of their talk ended up resonating with many who either struggle with grief themselves or understand the dark subject matter he conveys in his music. Regardless, the Chicago rapper detailed his mourning process and how he doesn't want to burden others with it.

"Everybody mourns," Lil Durk began, responding to Ak remarking how he never shows emotions and questioning whether he mourns. "Everybody shows emotions. But I just can't see myself just doing this." Then, Smurk grabbed his phone and acted as if he was recording himself crying and going through a rough time. "'Damn man, this s**t crazy, man.' It's like, nah.

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Lil Durk Reflects On Processing Grief

"When I started getting more into my religion, and just like, talked to my pops while he was locked up, talked to my uncle and them," Lil Durk continued. "They're like 'Man, we had the money, the fame andd the cars, we had the city on lock, and we went to jail and got life. What you're going through, we've been through. When you call, call and get to your pops, call and get to your unc. Let's talk, let's have a conversation. But I don't want to hear no crying. I don't want to hear no complaining, I don't want to hear no 'I can't do this, I can't do that.''

"I'm telling you, like, that rug is powerful," The Voice went on. "I lay the rug down, I pray- I cry on the rug, I cry while I'm praying, I cry during Ramadan. But guess what? India ain't ever seen me cry. My daddy ain't ever seen me cry. My momma ain't ever seen me cry, you know what I'm saying? 'Cause it's only one person that can help the hurt, you know what I mean?" For more news and the latest updates on Lil Durk, stay posted on HNHH.

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Gabriel Bras Nevares is a music and pop culture news writer for HotNewHipHop. He started in 2022 as a weekend writer and, since joining the team full-time, has developed a strong knowledge in hip-hop news and releases. Whether it’s regular coverage or occasional interviews and album reviews, he continues to search for the most relevant news for his audience and find the best new releases in the genre. What excites him the most is finding pop culture stories of interest, as well as a deeper passion for the art form of hip-hop and its contemporary output. Specifically, Gabriel enjoys the fringes of rap music: the experimental, boundary-pushing, and raw alternatives to the mainstream sound. As a proud native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, he also stays up-to-date with the archipelago’s local scene and its biggest musical exponents in reggaetón, salsa, indie, and beyond. Before working at HotNewHipHop, Gabriel produced multiple short documentaries, artist interviews, venue spotlights, and audio podcasts on a variety of genres and musical figures. Hardcore punk and Go-go music defined much of his coverage during his time at the George Washington University in D.C. His favorite hip-hop artists working today are Tyler, The Creator, Boldy James, JPEGMAFIA, and Earl Sweatshirt.