No shade to the other artists in Chicago... but if you got confidence in yourself and you know you're Number One, say it.
I was 17 when I first started rapping and 18 before I started taking it seriously -- when I really knew I could rap and have fans and be a trendsetter.
If you got a vibe with a producer I think you should go full-fledged instead of being satisfied with two songs.
My thing is to get new fans. So I love when people say, 'Oh, I've heard of him before.' Or 'I've never heard of Durk.' Or 'I'm a fan of Durk today.' This is what I like to see, because it lets me know when I come out with something that it's going to work.
You've got Lil Uzi Vert -- you do a song with him, you ain't doing nothing but gaining new fans. You gotta keep up with the time and the pace.
I just want to paint that picture of Chicago that everybody's missing, and I just want to rap about it.
I just wanted to speak to the streets and give them motivation on making it out. Whatever situation they're in, know that they can make do and have a better life.
When I began to rap, I wasn't taking it real serious. As I start seeing good things, it's getting serious.
My father being incarcerated for 25 years, 26 years, so I had a rough past, but me moving to Atlanta, I just thought that changed my whole identity -- my thinking.
I ain't expect it. I just expected to be Chicago famous -- 'hood famous. I ain't expect to be outside-of-Chicago famous.
When I do shows, I take pictures and make the fans feel like family. All of that really matters. That's the cheat code if you ain't got a hit.
I'm a good guy at the end of the day, you know what I'm saying? A lot of people will believe what they see in the media from a long time ago. I'm just growing as an artist and as a person.
Once upon a time, I was really lost. I was 18 going on 19, and I was shy. All I want to do is get money, and the way I was thinking I was going to do that was a negative route.
I would say I grew without a doubt. My whole energy in life -- as an artist and as a person -- has definitely got me smarter and wiser.
Stay working. Stay busy. It should be motivation instead of down time because down time is like being depressed. It shouldn't be like that. It should really be motivation to keep going.
I let my partners and my DJ listen to my songs and if they say, 'Oh yeah I felt that one' or 'I am feeling that' then I write it down and we just continue building the album from there.
I was 17 and out of school, living with my mom, starving, not eating, getting locked up, no focus, no guidance. When you ain't got no guidance, you can't do too much. But then I had my first son and started working. I got the right people around me.
Bone Thugs is one of my favorite rap groups of all time. I listened to them all the time when I was a kid.
You got to want to evolve. It's something you can practice on but it just came to me. I wasn't really sitting there like, 'What can I do to get better?' It just came to me, talking to my people and my crew. They just tell me what my strongest and weakest points are at.
Death can happen anywhere, but kids in Chicago, like 4 years old, can get shot. You don't really hear that in too many places.
'Trap House' is one of my favorite songs off '300 Days 300 Nights' mixtape, I sent it to Thug, he loved it and knocked it out on the spot in Atlanta.
It's either you finna create your own wave, you finna sound like me or you finna sound like G Herbo, you finna sound like Chance The Rapper, you finna sound like Juice Wrld. You ain't gonna get too far 'cause you sound like somebody. So, create your own lane and do your own style.