When drill broke and Chicago became the hottest hip-hop city in America, Lil Durk and Lil Reese persisted through fleeting industry attention with their unique, captivating styles. Today, The two realase a joint project that was long awaited. My personal fav is "Distance," the first single from their collaborative EP . The stark, melodic track features vivid autobiography from Durk and Reese's gruff, chest-puffing bars, a fine contrast full of chemistry that's apparent in the fun video.
Between the two, Lil Durk and Lil Reese have contributed a thorough catalog of Chicago classics—and these are just from 2012 alone. Though these days the drill movement is often reduced to Chief Keef's breakout year, the city had a diverse artistic impact from day one, and a deep dive into both Durk and Reese's catalog reveals a wide range of songs that had a major impact, both within Chicago and without. Durk's style was influenced by Meek Mill and a melodic approach he'd gleaned from Bone Thugs 'N' Harmony; Reese had a choppier, more percussive approach, which quickly became one of hip-hop's most influential. Before the Migos flow took over the game, everyone from Drake to Future to Jay Z emulated Reese's stop-start style.