At 28, Lil Durk is only two years older than Lil Baby, though he comes from another era entirely. When he was still a teenager in the early 2010s, Durk recorded many of the songs that would make drill music a phenomenon in Chicago and then nationwide; Def Jam signed him, intent on packaging the sound for a mass audience, then botched his debut. Instead of disappearing from the pop charts or from rap's stylistic cutting edge, Durk gritted his teeth and kept working.
Whether you want to admit it or not, superstar rapper team-up projects have become stale. Gone are the days where the conjoined forces of two rappers at the top of their game generate musical moments that transcend their legacies; in its place, a saturation of star-studded collaborative efforts favoring the passable over the historic. There are obvious issues with Watch The Throne and What A Time To Be Alive, but they still felt like moments where you had to link up with your friends and listen.
Rap collaborations can be infuriating beasts. Uniting disparate MCs in the studio isn't easy, with many being so protective of their individual passions and ambitions that the chemistry simply doesn't gel. It's a mark of the clear respect and friendship between Lil Baby and Lil Durk, then, that 'The Voice Of The Heroes' develops a coherent voice, with the two working towards a common goal.