Pitchfork (Website) - "Sonically speaking, there is a great deal of variety on 2X, a project that still revolves primarily around gun violence -- shootouts, revenge killings, and even gangland posturing -- but isn't beholden to its gloom."
Recording information: JDR Studios, Chicago.
Photographer: Christian Lantry.
Arriving a year after his Def Jam full-length debut, Remember My Name, Chicago-based drill rapper Lil Durk returned with his sophomore effort, Lil Durk 2X. The album was initially slated to be a mixtape, but it was gradually expanded into his second proper album. Featuring production by Zaytoven, Sonny Digital, Young Chop, and others, the album features guest appearances by Young Thug ("So What"), Yo Gotti ("Money Walk"), DeJ Loaf ("My Beyoncé," which previously appeared on the 2015 mixtape 300 Days, 300 Nights), and Ty Dolla $ign ("She Just Wanna," the album's first official single). The album shows much more of an emotional and musical range than Remember My Name; Durk sounds re-energized and more optimistic than before, as he strives to create a bright future for his children.