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FSD Feature: Why Isn’t This On The Radio: Lil Durk & Chief Keef’s “Decline”


Words by Carlos Arrieta (@LOSO.70)

It’s always hard to see when a group or partnership breaks up. No one enjoyed when the Diplomats had friction. Dipset always claimed to be “more than music.” It was a movement and it was upsetting to all hip-hop fans to see that movement stall due to internal conflict. “Powerful music” — that’s the way the Dips labeled themselves. “Powerful Music” is also the perfect way to describe the sound coming from a group of rappers from the Southside in the early part of this decade.

It was as if Chicago had its own Dipset. Only instead of talking about life in Harlem this group talked about what it was like to grow up on the Southside of Chicago. There was no official name for the group, but the loose collection consisted of Chief Keef, Lil Reese, Lil Durk, Fredo Santana and Young Chop. From “I Don’t Like,” to “Us,” to “Ls Anthem,” to “Traffic,” to “Right Here,” no other sound in Chicago was as widespread as there’s. That’s why it was so disheartening to hear about issues between Lil Durk and Chief Keef.

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