SLAM: What’s your background with basketball? When did you develop a passion for the game?
Durk: Grammar school. I used to play in grammar school. But I don’t ever say, I used to play, because I was always in trouble with my grades, so I could never play on teams. But definitely grammar school. I went to Guggenheim Elementary. Shout out Chicago.
SLAM: Who was your favorite player growing up?
Durk: Allen Iverson. Definitely the GOAT. His whole background, everything – I related to it. So definitely AI.
SLAM: Which rapper is the best hooper?
Durk: That’s easy – Me. There’s a couple dudes out there that rap. I like Chris Brown. I like his game. I like Quavo game too.
SLAM: Which NBA player is the best rapper?
Durk: Damian Lillard. He can actually rap. You know how some be like, I ain’t listening to him. But [Dame] can actually rap.
SLAM: What about Iman Shumpert?
Durk: He can rap too, but their styles are way different. Shout out Shump.
SLAM: We saw you put out a video challenging a bunch of rappers to play you.
Durk: I beat Bow Wow for $10,000 already. PnB Rock. Tory Lanez. Swae Lee. G Herbo. YFN Lucci. Chris Brown ain’t say nothing to me yet. We just making it a fun thing. All the hoopers who say they got skills – you got to show it.
SLAM: Which of those guys has the best jump shot?
Durk: Quavo was in there too. I got to give it to Quavo.
SLAM: Coming from Chicago, do you have a favorite Jordan memory?
Durk: When the Bulls won a championship in 1998. The whole city was going crazy. And I’m young, I ain’t know what was going on. I’m like, damn the city just going up.
SLAM: What was the inspiration for your latest album?
Durk: It was just like the new and improved Durk. Just dropping that new energy, leaving Def Jam [and not] being held back. Fans been wanting to see what’s going on. So that was like the first project. It’s the new me.
SLAM: What’s in the works now?
Durk: Turn up. Consistent music, consistent videos, festivals. Just a lot more scenery things. Being more in the mix.
SLAM: Is there one rapper or artist you haven’t gotten the chance to collab with that you really want to?
Durk: It was Future, but I got a lot going on with him. So Drake.
SLAM: Is there any chance you collab with an NBA player on a song?
Durk: Definitely, man. That’s what it’s about. Being creative and opening new doors.
SLAM: Give us some quick NBA predictions. Who you got for Rookie of the Year?
Durk: I’m gonna say [Kyle] Kuzma. He’s been killing. He’s been holding up his team a lot too.
Durk: I’m gonna give it to James Harden. That boy been going crazy. He is leading a lot this year too.
SLAM: NBA Champions?
Durk: I’m a Golden State fan, so of course Golden State.