We use our CoSign feature to highlight music’s best and brightest up-and-coming performers. In this edition of Top Songs of the Week, not one but two recent recipients of the CoSign check into the countdown with excellent new tracks: Chicago rapper ShowYouSuck brings the positive mental attitude, while Louisville garage rockers White Reaper deliver a fiery new cut from their upcoming debut. Add to that the likes of electronic wizard Nicolas Jaar, metal riffers High on Fire, and more, and you have a list locked and loaded for a wild weekend.
10. Lil Durk – “What Your Life Like”
Lil Durk is one of Chicago drill rap’s most popular voices, which is a double-edged sword: He gets credit for being at the forefront of an ever-evolving movement (the term “drill” hardly encompasses the variety of the city’s darker rap sounds) and finds himself cited as a scapegoat for the glorification of violence. Maybe more than any Durk song since 2013’s “Dis Ain’t What U Want”, “What Your Life Like” distills the finer points of his often misunderstood artistry. He acknowledges the magnetic pull of the streets and recognizes the importance of staying out of them for the benefit of what has proved to be a successful rap career. “I ride with too much Auto-Tune/ I heard that shit before,” Durk shrugs, and here, over Young Chop’s sinister beat, the effect is used for good, not evil. His braying is altered to intensify his determination: “I’m addicted to sidewalks/ I’m workin’, no time off/ Gotta gain that time lost.” Find the song on his Def Jam debut, Remember My Name, out June 2nd. –Michael Madden