Lil Durk has kept his promise to reveal details about his new album after receiving over 100,000 comments from eager fans.
In an Instagram post on Friday (May 5), Smurkio dropped the cover art for Almost Healed as well as its release date and new title – after he originally announced it would be titled The Voice 2.0.
“Y’all won,” he wrote with a trophy emoji. “100k comments ✔ May 12th Pre save now [link in bio].”
The post arrived just two days after his initial post that showed the behind-the-scenes of a video with J. Cole for the album, where he captioned it, “100k comments I’m dropping album cover and date call my bluff s/o Cole …. Goooooooooooooo IM BACK!!!!!!”
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In an interview with XXL last month before he decided to change the title, Lil Durk explained that the 2.0 represented the progression he’s made since his last album.
“Growth, that’s what the 2.0 stand for,” he said. “Just be on another level. Just not only music-wise, like the things around me like I told you, growing from the friends around me, management. Sitting with the mayor. We doin’ big charity things. Neighborhood Heroes, the foundation I got.”
While it’s unclear who – if anyone – will be featured on the project, one person fans can hope to see is SZA after Lil Durk publicly requested her appearance a few weeks back.
“@Sza the goat y’all better not sleep or get blind every female every car every sale she really her,” he wrote on his Instagram Story. “I need you on my album ASAP a hit not a regular song. Go tag SZA blow her shit down tell her Smurk need her.”
Durk shared another cryptic update on the album in a separate Story, writing: “This bi$ch done without half the help I been asking for let’s goooooo sorry I ain’t been connecting to fans I’m almost healed.”
The 30-year-old OTF honcho kept busy in 2022 with the release of his 7220 album, which served as his first project to reach the Billboard 200 summit after selling 120,500 total album-equivalent units in the first week last March.
“I got a real #1 album I came a long way and really ain’t suppose to be here,” Durk wrote to Instagram while reflecting on the achievement. “I been here 10years and still feel like a new artist thank my team and thank my label and the fans …. Ps a real #1 not a fake one.”
Durk returned in December to deliver his Loyal Bros 2 compilation album featuring his Only The Family collective. The effort was headlined by Smurk’s standout “Mad Max” collaboration with Future, which saw him taunt the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office in bizarre fashion.