Chicago’s Lil Durk released the deluxe edition of his latest album, The Voice, today, which includes a collaboration with rising Memphis rapper Pooh Shiesty that’s attracting a lot of attention. The song, titled “Should’ve Ducked,” addresses the murder of rival Chicago rapper FBG Duck. The rapper, born Carlton Weekly, was shot and killed outside a Dolce & Gabana store in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood last August.
Durk makes no illusions about who he’s referencing on the song, calling out Duck directly and referencing his death:You come outside without your gun, lil' boy, you dumb as f-ckAin’t no quick run to the store, they pop out, fire you upI told my PO through the gate that I get high as f-ckShe ask me how high do I get, I told her high as Duck
He continues by calling Duck a “goofy” and questioning his gang affiliations:Man, he talkin' ‘bout gang in this b-tchHe ain’t get back from that one sh-t, man his gang ain’t on sh-t'Fonem posted up outside, Dracos hanging and sh-tBefore he died, his a-s a goofy, now he famous and sh-t
Durk also seems to reference a 2018 incident where rapper FBG Wooski survived being shot in the head at the funeral of a fellow rapper:One b-tch thought I told her, “Yeah,” I said, “You better block me”He survived one to the head, but it f-cked up his bodyYou think he off a eight or red the way that n-gga noddin'?He don’t even know ‘bout drugs, he sell lean, OxyContin
Durk hinted at the direction of the song in a tweet shortly before he dropped:
He previewed the track back in December, eliciting an angry response from FBG Duck’s mother. “Y’all really showing y’all rich off mentioning my motherf-cking son,” she said. “Y’all rich off mentioning Tooka, show your craft. Do something else besides dissing music.”
Duck had issues with the late King Von, a Lil Durk signee who is featured on the cover art of The Voice and was shot and killed outside an Atlanta nightclub in November 2020. Von claimed they had squashed their beef before Duck was murdered.
Although it’s not as common to hear rappers diss the dead on wax, it’s not unprecedented. Mobb Deep’s 2Pac diss record, “Drop A Gem On ‘Em,” appeared on their album Hell On Earth in 1996 after Pac was shot and killed in Las Vegas. However, the duo had recorded the song beforehand and did attempt to pull it from radio stations.