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On Wednesday (Jan. 11), rumors of a Lil Durk and Future joint album began setting the internet ablaze.
These whispers first began after Durkio posted a photo with Pluto on the set of their music video for their track “Mad Max” — a song that landed on Durk and his label OTF‘s December compilation project Loyal Bros 2. A model who claimed she was present for the video shoot was the first to mention the potential for the album on a livestream.
On Jan. 9, DJ Akademiks posted a photo of a wide-eyed Durk that had been going viral, to which Durk jokingly commented underneath saying “I seen who I’m doing my collaboration tape with.”
The next day (Jan. 10), Durk’s official DJ, DJ Bandz, reposted an Instagram post proclaiming “the culture need(s) this” in reference to the coveted Durk-Future collab.
In response to these puzzle pieces beginning to align, hip-hop outlet Debating Hip-Hop reported that the project is now imminent. As these rumors mounted, we decided to dig for more information regarding the matter.
In our quest to validate these projections that a Lil Durk and Future album is on the horizon, we spoke with an inside source who confirmed to us that they were present at studio sessions toward the end of 2022 where Durk and Future were working on new music.
Our source revealed that Metro Boomin has contributed to the tape as well, which could perhaps reignite hope for Metro and Durk’s No Auto Durk collab album that was first rumored in 2020 but never released. Additionally, our source told us that the album will see a new evolution in Durk’s sound, which is being coined “supertrap,” and that the LP is set to drop in the first quarter of 2023.
Lil Durk and Future have a documented history of incredible collaborative tracks, dating all the way back 2018’s “Spin the Block” and 2019’s “Last Name.” In 2022, aside from “Mad Max,” the duo linked up for hits like “Petty Too” from Durk’s 7220 album and “AFFILIATED” from Future’s I NEVER LIKED YOU.
Ultimately, this potential full-length joint album will be the grandest and most anticipated chapter of Durk and Future’s friendship, which has always been mutually beneficial.
This story will be updated.
Check out “Mad Max” below!