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I Know Why The Caged Durk Sings

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On Monday, Chicago’s Lil Durk released the video for “Traumatized,” the intro track off his Signed To The Streets mixtape. The video finds Durk navigating his way through various ‘Chiraq’ locales singing, more-so than rapping, a song interwoven with tales of peril, concern, and even apprehension. Listening to this ballad of sorts by Durk reminded me of a poem by the great Maya Angelou. Likening Durk to the caged bird in “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings;” his auto-tuned-out voice is reminiscent of the shrill cry of said bird longing for escape.

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With an intermittent, almost schizophrenic delivery, Durk recounts being in the scope of the “Opps,” but in the same breath tempts and almost dares his foes to come for him. With a final verse detailing everything from homicide to vengeance he closes with the resounding sound of automatic gunfire bringing you back to where he began. Traumatized.

But a bird that stalks
down his narrow cage
can seldom see through
his bars of rage
his wings are clipped and
his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings
with fearful trill
of the things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom

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