Lil Durk has proposed a solution to help end what he calls “petty beef” in Chicago, and it involves embracing the power of prayer.
The Almost Healed hitmaker took to his Instagram Story and wrote that he’d advocate for bringing all of Chicago’s Muslims together in order to hold a mass prayer ceremony. Afterward, Durkio said those involved would speak their mind and have a constructive discussion about the problems facing their neighborhood.
“I want to hold the biggest prayer in Chicago for the Muslims that bring everybody together soon,” Durkio wrote. “Pride to the side then after get problems off the chest help the petty beef go away private location – The Voice.”
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Durkio has long sought to help out his Chicago hometown, and most recently sat down with the city’s new mayor Brandon Johnson in May. When footage surfaced of his meeting with Mayor Johnson, The Voice clarified that the meeting had nothing to do with promoting his new album Almost Healed, and that he was speaking with the mayor about how to save the children.
“It ain’t album promo it’s saving kids’ [lives],” he wrote in response to hecklers in DJ Akademiks’ comment section.
Durk also recently changed the lives of two Howard University students via his newly formed Durk Banks Scholarship Fund in April. In collaboration with Amazon Music, Durk provided two students with $50,000 scholarships to attend the prestigious HBCU.
Two students were selected out of 20 participants in Lil Durk’s Neighborhood Heroes HBCU College & Career Readiness Cohort Program. The Chi-Town native also donated $250,000 to Howard’s GRACE Grant – a program created to help students needing tuition assistance.
“I’m the voice this the part they don’t show, I appreciate all the kids who are struggling to finish school and needed this blessing,” Durk wrote on Instagram at the time.
On the music side, Durk’s newest effort Almost Healed debuted at No. 3 on this week’s Billboard 200 chart after earning 125,000 album-equivalent units in its first week.
Of that sum, 122,000 came from 167.82 million on-demand official streams and 1,000 comprised of track equivalent albums (TEA), while pure album sales accounted for 2,000.
This marks the largest sales week of Durk’s solo career, surpassing his previous effort, 7220, which opened with 120,500 units last March.
However, his commercial peak remains his 2021 joint album with Lil Baby, The Voice of the Heroes, which debuted atop the Billboard 200 with an impressive 150,000 album-equivalent units in its first week.