Label: Alamo/Geffen Records
Released: May 8

Lil Durk makes pain music. The Chicago rapper, who is one of the faces of the city’s post-drill movement raps from a traditional blueprint but does it with a specificity that separates him from the pack. On Just Cause Y’all Waited 2, he moves from tragedy to triumph, a phoenix-like rising from street hustles to gold records and an Alamo record deal. His story makes it easy to root for him, and the consistent quality of his music just seals the deal. —Will Schube