Lil Baby, Lil Durk both shine on collab album ‘The Voice of the Heroes’: After much anticipation, the OTF and 4PF captains join forces in the spotlight.
For the past few months, Lil Baby and Lil Durk have been inching towards the release of a joint collaboration. Lil Durk offered the first hint at the collab project when he added Lil Baby to the deluxe version of his most recent solo album, The Voice, in January.
Durk and Baby would then begin to spend much more time together. They would continuously post photos of themselves together on Instagram, would spend time together courtside at basketball games and, in some instances, would even perform together.
Anticipation continued to build in April when the two were featured on DJ Khaled’s album KHALED KHALED for the song “EVERY CHANCE I GET.” It was at that this point Durk and Baby began solidify themselves as a duo.
In May, the rollout began for the album as the duo took to Twitter to promote the record, share snippets, and announce a release date. On May 31, the lead single for the album, “Voice of the Heroes” was released.
On June 2, two days before the album’s release, the duo announced the tracklist showing features from Travis Scott, Young Thug, Rod Wave, and Meek Mill on the record. With a proper build-up and an elite roster of guests for the album, the hip-hop world was finally ready to hear what The Voice and The Hero had to offer.
The Voice of the Heroes was released on June 4. With 18 songs and a 59-minute runtime, the album offers everything that would make you a fan of Lil Baby and Lil Durk in the first place. From Lil Baby’s slick-tongued, aggressive verses, to catchy Lil Durk crooning hooks, this collaboration validates the praise each of these two have gotten over the past year.
“See, I’m the voice, but Baby, he the hero,” Durk sings as he ushers in the album on the hook of the opening title track and single “Voice of the Heroes.” Lil Durk’s choruses on the project are essential to the versatility of the album, because each of hooks he delivers is creative and unique from the others.
On “Who I Want,” Durk’s simply worded “but it’s you who I want” chorus complemented by his background vocals create the atmosphere of him and Baby committing to a woman on the track.
On the album’s eighth track “Medical,” the repetitive chorus from Durk helps depict the complex, positive and negative relationship people — like Lil Durk and Lil Baby — have with drugs.
All these drugs, I want medical
So high, I’m on Cloud 9, I need a parachute
He think I sold his ass some mud, I sold him Theraflu
Take prescription, I need love, that’s what I’m telling you
Medical, I need medical
I need medical“Medical” — Lil Baby, Lil Durk
On the album’s closing song “Bruised Up,” Durk’s contemplative hook wonderfully fits the somber mood of the song by demonstrating the pressure he is under being the “famous one” in his circle. If he were to go back to jail, he would not be able to provide for his family and comrades, and you can hear the emotion in his voice as he sings:
Ain’t no cars, ain’t no guns, ain’t no fun
What I’ma do if I get locked up? (Locked up)
Ain’t no bonds, ain’t no bonds, ain’t no bonds
What I’ma do if I get locked up? (Locked up)“Bruised Up” — Lil Baby, Lil Durk
As for Lil Baby, the past year has provided him a ticket to superstardom — capturing the hearts of hip-hop fans with his deep bag of bars that he’s been growing by the day. Delivering some of the best rap verses of the past year, Baby continues to impress in that category of this project.
On the album’s third song “Hats Off,” Baby opens with a commanding, long-winded verse that perfectly sets the tone for the trifecta of Lil Durk and feature Travis Scott to continue attacking the beat with. Typically, Travis Scott would be the marquee portion of any song due to his popularity, but all three artists execute their verses with elite wordplay and ability to insert their respective flair that make each of them unique.
Change my name to the kid, that’s a baby goat
Keep a Drac’ like I started up OVO
You can get a percent, but I want the most
Got a house with a lake, so I bought a boat
‘Bout to switch up a play, that’s an audible
State-to-state, private jet with some model hoes“Hats Off” — Lil Baby, Lil Durk
“Still Hood” sees Lil Baby handle the hook and first verse of the track with ease. He uses his time on the London on the Track beat to show that he doesn’t dwell on his past struggles and beefs because he’s too successful, but his success didn’t change his toughness because he’s “been all over the world, but I’m still hood.”
Lil Baby carries out the same combination of hook and first verse on the eleventh song, “How It Feels,” where he rides the groovy, piano-infused instrumentation with perfection.
I know how it feel to think everybody against you
I know how it feel to watch bullets go through a windshield
I know how it feel when you try your best to be real
I know how it feel when you think no one understands you
I know how it feel when the one you love gettin’ ran through
I know how it feel, I done really cut off my mans too
I know how it feel when you broke, and them bills past due
Oh, you thought this shit was a joke? We on your ass too“How It Feels” — Lil Baby, Lil Durk
Overall, The Voice of the Heroes should hit the right spot for fans craving a Lil Baby and Lil Durk collaboration. Each song where either Baby or Durk set the stage with a strong verse or entertaining hook, the other grabs the baton and fulfills their role to craft quality songs. Features like Rod Wave on “Rich Off Pain” and Young Thug on “Up The Side” command a lot of attention with their distinctive styles and attractive hooks.
However Durk and Baby do a great job of not only holding their own, but excelling with complimentary verses on each of the tracks.
These two are becoming hip-hop superstars in front of our eyes, and this project is only another step in the right direction for Lil Durk and Lil Baby to achieve that.
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