Lil Durk has responded to ex-president Donald Trump’s criticism of the high crime rate in his hometown of Chicago.
Appearing on a show hosted by MSNBC’s Ari Melber a few days ago, the Almost Healed rapper was played a series of quotes from various figures bemoaning the city’s reputation as a hotbed for crime.
In one soundbite, Trump is heard sharing his thoughts on criminal activities that have plagued the city over the years.
“What’s going on in Chicago? I said the other day, what the hell is going on?” Donald Trump said in the clip.
Durk reasoned that Chicago isn’t the only town in the nation with significant crime rates while shrugging off the sentiments of Trump and others.
“I really don’t pay it no mind because it’s violence everywhere,” the 31-year-old began. “You can get self-defense everywhere, you can kill anywhere, you can stab anywhere, you can choke anywhere, and you can kidnap anywhere.”
The rapper continued, “It’s just every city has the moment of the rates. If you look up right now who got the most murder rate, I bet you it ain’t Chicago. So now the story transpire to that city. That’s why I never comment on it because every city has its day.”
Durk went ahead to speak about his charitable and philanthropic works through his Neighborhood Heroes Foundation, which is primarily involved in youth-focused initiatives and programmes within the city. He opined that “it is different when you are up close and personal with them.”
“It is different when you doing non-profit like the Neighborhood Heroes and in one of the worst neighborhoods in Chicago giving out turkeys or bookbags or showing them how to open bank accounts to save money.”
Lil Durk is the latest rapper to make reference to or respond to Donald Trump’s sociopolitical views.
Musicians Kodak Black and Sexyy Red have both expressed their support for Trump, voicing their desire to see him voted back into office in the 2024 Presidential Elections.