26. Lil Durk "Dis Ain't What U Want"
Producer: Paris Beuller
Label: OTF,Coke Boys Records,Def Jam
In a world increasingly devoted to commerce and the hard sell, it's refreshing to hear from someone who's not trying to get you to buy something. Jay-Z makes you get a certain phone to cop his album early? That's cool, but Lil Durk is here to tell you about some stuff you don't want: him, his city, his worldview, shit, pretty much everything. Which isn't to say the 20-year-old Chicagoan doesn't have anything to offer. His melodic flow sets him apart from the latest crop of Chi-Town MCs, and "Dis Ain't What U Want," his first foray since signing to Def Jam, finds him boasting with an ominous Autotune swagger that fits his city's zeitgeist. Here's hoping dude can stay clear of the law and offer more for us in the future. —Jack Erwin