Lil Durk and J. Cole have the internet rocking with their new collaboration “All My Life”.
Clocking in at close to 4 minutes, “All My Life” is set to appear on Durkio’s forthcoming 8th studio album entitled “Almost Healed,” which follows Durk’s 2022 effort “7220”, which dropped last March.
The single arrives along with a music video, which was directed by Steve Cannon. The song, which Lil Durk teased on Instagram earlier this week, features a children’s choir as the rapper reflects on how far he’s come: “All my life, they’re never gonna keep me down. All this time, they never thought I’d make it out.”
Durkio raps introspectively about his rise to fame and his determination to change the public’s perception of him as some type of a menace.
“I decided that I have to finish/But the media call me a menace/I done sat down with the mayor and politicians, I’m tryin’ to change up the image,” he spits over melodic keyboards. “You can’t blame my past no more, I come from the trenches/Some say that I’ll never be a superstar but I know I’m different (oh no-no-no).”
J. Cole follows as he vents about the multiple deaths of young rappers before they reach any kind of stardom.
“These days seems rappers are dyin’ way before they even gettin’ their shine/I never even heard little buddy/Til somebody murder lil buddy/Now I’m on the phone searchin’ lil buddy name,” he raps. “Got to play his tunes, all day in my room/Thinkin’ ‘Damn, this shit is wicked/To get their names buzzin’ some n***as got to lay in a tomb.”
Before the single’s release, Durk spoke to Apple Music about his inspiration behind “All My Life” and wanting Cole to join the track. “I just feel like a positive vibe went up with Dr. Luke, you know what I’m saying?” he said regarding the single. “That’s the first song he played, and I just felt it, and I’m like, ‘Man, I want J. Cole on this.’” Durk shared he worked his way up to asking the “No Role Modelz” songwriter to do the feature. “And I made it happen,” he revealed.
The 30-year-old Chicago native also shared Cole is a rapper he highly respects. “He like one that I looked up to that give out a positive message too.” Regarding their verses on “All My Life,” Durk admitted to Complex Music the 38-year-old lyricist “smoked my a** on there first off. Barely. You know, that barely happens. Shoutout, J. Cole. Shoutout, Dr. Luke.”
Watch Lil Durk and J. Cole’s “All My Life” visual below.