Charleston White appeared on Say Cheese! where he proclaimed Lil Durk is bigger than Tupac Shakur and Elvis.
Lil Durk has been on a successful run for a few years now. From his own solo projects, to a collab album with Lil Baby and a hit single with Drake, Lil Durk is the self proclaimed “voice” of his generation. With that comes a lot of responsibility to which some believe Durkio is not using his voice for to spread positivity.
Weighing in on the debate was Charleston White who spoke about the evolution of hip hop which was moved from the east to the west to the south to Atlanta and now in Chicago. “I can’t see nothing after this,” White said on Say Cheese. “I think drill music is it for us. This is what will wipe us out. I think that energy is stuck up there with Chicago’s drill music.”
Charleston noted that Lil Durk is indeed the “voice” stating many of the younger generation follow him. “He’s on the top,” White explained. “Chicago’s rappers are a bunch of hurt people. They hurt and they trying to recover from the hurt. And the process of them trying to recover, they’re still hurting people because hurt people gonna hurt people.”
Closing out the seven minute clip, White made a huge statement when it comes to Lil Durk’s impact now and the future. “That little ni**a is bigger than Tupac. He’s gonna be bigger than Elvis. He’s gonna be more powerful than John F. Kennedy would when he was president,” Charleston White said.
Back in 2021, Fat Joe stated DaBaby was the Tupac of his generation. When appearing on BET’s Rap City ’21 Special hosted by Big Tigger, Joe was asked who is this generation’s Tupac. (View: Fat Joe Names DaBaby “Tupac Of 2021”, DaBaby)
“I should know the Tupac one. I don’t know, it’s hard to be these guys. You be asking some crazy stuff. I would say DaBaby,” Fat Joe said. DaBaby co-signed the comparison as he shared the clip on his official Instagram account. “Agreed.📌but they gone salt that down too Crack🤫,” DaBaby wrote in the video caption.
Tupac’s brother, Mopreme Shakur, thinks otherwise. Speaking with Hip Hop XXIV (Watch here) Mopreme doesn’t think anyone has matched his brother’s energy even if they show glimpse of his lyrical content. “There’s a few brothers that try to be on message like Pac. They try to do the best they can to stay on message, but it is hard to match Tupac’s energy,” Mopreme explained. “Even though their music may resemble, but there is a whole lot to the Tupac experience.”