White country star Morgan Wallen—who was filmed saying the n-word last February while intoxicated—recently said he’d be interested in working with Kendrick Lamar or Moneybagg Yo, and his collaborator Lil Durk is in his corner.
TMZ asked the Chicago rapper if he thought Wallen was racist, to which Durk replied, “Nah, he ain’t no racist. That’s my boy, you know? So we had a long talk—he had his public situation, we had [a talk] behind closed doors, and I’ll vouch for him and he good. … He ain’t canceled.”
Asked if Kendrick and other rappers should follow Durkio and work with Wallen, the “Who Want Smoke??” artist answered, “For sure, for sure.”
Durk and Wallen collaborated on their track “Broadway Girls” a few weeks ago before 2021 closed out. As a part of a redemption tour of sorts, Wallen spoke with comedian Druski on Clubhouse, where he talked about the controversy, how much he loves hip-hop, and who he’d like to work with following Durk.
“I do love Moneybagg [Yo],” Wallen said. “He’s definitely at the top of the list. … But, like overall, ever…I’m trying to think of not just in the past little bit…Kendrick Lamar would be pretty cool.”
In terms of his relationship with Durk, Wallen explained that he reached out to the rapper to put the song together. “That song kind of came about over this summer, and I was really, really, really pumped on it,” Wallen told Druski. “Durk commented on my Instagram. … So I hit him up. Me and him had been talking a little bit throughout the year and kind of developed a friendship.”
TMZ initially posted back a video of Wallen yelling the racial slur and other profanities outside a home in Nashville in early 2021. After the incident, Wallen was immediately dropped from his deal with Republic Records subsidiary Big Loud Records.
“I used an unacceptable and inappropriate racial slur that I wish I could take back,” Wallen wrote in a statement. “There are no excuses to use this type of language, ever. I want to sincerely apologize for using the word. I promise to do better.”