For an unsigned artist, the mixtape is a medium geared towards prolificacy. But when a rapper signs with a major label, many other people begin to get in the way of that artist-to-consumer relationship. So it is going for Lil Durk, who tweeted this morning that Def Jam has stopped him from releasing his new mixtape Fuckery, which was slated to hit the web yesterday.
DEFJAM told me not to drop a Mixtapeâ€” LIL DURK (@lildurk_) January 6, 2014
Of course, as Angel Haze and Danny Brown showed recently, there are ways to force a label's hand. But with Durk's fantastic July tape Signed to the Streets still percolating maybe it is best for him to take it slow.
That said, if you're fiending for new Durk, you can check out French Montana's new Coke Boys 4 tape, which features five appearnces from the young Chicago rapper.