When we talk about the synergy between trap’s gritty storytelling and melodic hooks, the tandem of Future Hendrix and Lil Durk takes center stage. Their collaborations are more than just tracks; they’re sonic landscapes where the rawness of Chicago’s drill scene meets ATL’s trap royalty. Their work together is a masterclass in blending pain with opulence, heartbreak with flexing—contrasts that both artists navigate with seamless ease. Pulling in features from heavyweights like Jeezy, the unapologetic flow of Young Thug, and the captivating flair of Latto, they’ve created a diverse tableau that resonates with the streets and airwaves alike.
Whether they’re dropping jewels on the struggle in “Hated On Me,” pitching woo in the rhythm of “Mean To Me,” or lining up with Chris Brown to do some kind of “Go Crazy” remix, Future and Durk remind us of what happens when two forces of the hip-hop realm join up. Each track delivers a blow with the weight of their combined experiences, speaking truths that many can only nod to in understanding.
So let’s get into it. From “Hated On Me” to “Mad Max,” here’s the best Future & Lil Durk songs ranked.
10. Hated On Me
The track hits hard with Durk’s acknowledgment of the heavy burden that comes with elevating one’s crew and trapping millions—fed by the hunger to secure the bag for his circle. The lean-soaked chorus highlights the bitterness that success evokes, embodying the grind and the hostility of those left in the wake of their rise.
9. Mean To Me (feat. Zona Man & Future)
The cut throbs with street wisdom, outlining the code of the streets amidst the backdrop of hedonistic highs and the weight of street pharmaceuticals. Durk, alongside Zona Man and Future, melds the harsh realities with a relentlessly narcotic beat, speaking on the existential currency of realness in a circle crowded with facades.
8. Made A Way
Durk’s verse is brimming with the kind of real talk that resonates with those who’ve faced similar struggles, transforming pain into triumph. His frequent references to overcoming legal battles and elevating his crew show that even when he’s reached the top, he’s firmly rooted in the life lessons of his past.
7. Spin The Block (feat. Future)
This track comes hard with back-to-back lyrical exchanges, emulating the back-to-back action on the block they’re painting over heavy-hitting production. The imagery is raw, with nods to the street codes and the all-too-real consequences of living in their reality—where spinning the block is both a metaphor and a maneuver.
6. AFFILIATED (feat. Lil Durk)
Their rhymes tread through the trenches, unloading bars that hit hard about loyalty, street savviness, and the turbulence that accompanies their hustle. It’s a gritty banger that details the reality of gang life and the price of staying ten toes down in a world where every corner turned could be your last.
5. Last Name (feat. Lil Durk)
They weave a narrative that’s drenched in paranoia and haunted by the specter of street violence, juxtaposing the allure of fast money with the weight of personal loss. It’s a raw testament to the trials of hood life and the pressures that can distort one’s reality, as they struggle to balance the survival in the streets with the responsibilities that fame and fortune bring.
4. Go Crazy (feat. Young Thug, Future, Lil Durk & Latto)
The collaborative synergy complements the track’s hedonistic vibe, as Durkio shares his rags-to-riches storyline, reflecting on past pain but now cruising at the pinnacle of success—a powerful contrast to the song’s celebration of opulence and late-night rendezvous.
3. Never Imagined (feat. Future)
With the street narratives woven into metaphors that flex survival and success, we’re taken on a journey from the corners to celestial heights. Durk and Future meld their gritty experiences with luxury, a testament to the elevation from hard beginnings to unimaginable victories, aligning with the ethos of resilience and reward so deeply etched in the culture.
2. Petty Too (feat. Future)
Through this track, they navigate the trivial spats and one-upmanship that come with life in the fast lane, wrapping their flexes and connections with a self-awareness that’s rare in a scene often dominated by bravado and posturing. It’s a tongue-in-cheek ode to the pettiness that both rappers navigate as effortlessly as the beat.
1. Mad Max
Durkio’s laying down the law of the streets, colorin’ his bars with a reality that’s gritty and raw. The atmospherics in the beat got that dark energy, setting up a backdrop for tales of loyalty and the code of the concrete jungle. Peep the playbook—trust in your circle, the iron by your side, and keep your moves stealth. It’s all about survival, and Durk’s painting a picture of a chess game where every move is life or death.