From Kanye and Chief Keef to Chance The Rapper and Lil Durk, Chicago is one of the most storied hip-hop hotbeds in the world. Even with all this competition, Smurk feels like he's the top dog in the city.
As a pioneer of Chicago drill in the early 2010s, Lil Durk has always been the type to mold his own influence rather than follow others. If there's one artist he looks to for inspiration it's Ye, whether recreating his iconic videos with "Kanye Krazy" or bringing him out at Rolling Loud.
Still, Durk aka The Voice thinks he's surpassed Yeezy and his significance in the streets of Chicago. He rapped these lyrics in his hard-hitting collab called "F**k My Cousin Pt. II" with Lil Zay Osama: "In the 'Raq, ask the streets, I'm bigger than Yeezy, I'm the GOAT / Ain't no G's, we catch 'em, squeeze before the keys get in the door!"
(Recall that he crowned himself "Chicago's Jay-Z" a couple of years ago, too.)
Durk appears to be making a habit of name-dropping other artists to assert his status. He sparked headlines earlier this year when he flaunted a million dollars cash and claimed he's bigger than Drizzy in the trenches.
"To my people, 'cause we touch people," Smurk told Million Dollaz Worth of Game. "Drake at a rate where it's like, he can stay in the f****n' house if he wants to. … And I'm in the middle of the trenches with a million dollars doing a f****n' interview. That's why."
While he's yet to respond to Durkio, Ye has sharp thoughts about his standing in the whole GOAT rapper debate. "I affect people 20 years older than me. I affect people 20 years younger than me," the 45-year-old explained during his viral interview with Drink Champs.
Not to mention Kanye once said, "I am unquestionably, undoubtedly, the greatest human artist of all time."
It's impossible to actually prove this flex, but considering Ye's impact across music, fashion and culture over the past three decades, maybe he's got a point!