At 21 years old and with a handful of impressive mixtapes to his name, Lil Durk made XXL Magazine's 2014 Freshman Class earlier this year — along with fellow up-and-comers Kevin Gates, Chance the Rapper, and Vic Mensa. Raised on Chicago's South Side, Lil Durk has come out in the last three years as a stand-out of the area's drill scene — trap-influenced beats overlaid with often gritty lyrics that attest to the violence happening in the area. For some time, Durk was well-known in Chicago, but lagged behind on a national level. It seems like 2014 has already been the year he's beginning to break out, though, and he still has a new mixtape and full-length album planned for later this year.
With six groups combining traditional instrumentation and vocals with the use of live drum machines, "Man vs. Machine 2," a follow-up to last year's show, sets out to explore the creative possibilities of incorporating the machine into live sets. Each act will be paired with someone playing drum machines, pushing for experimentation and innovation on stage. Hosted by The Lobby, "Man vs. Machine 2" will feature emcee Moses Rockwell vs. Kae Biz; emcee Benny Beyond vs. The Archaeologist; folk-hop artist Mitch Jones and the Shocking; experimental group A Victory for Upfish; electronic producer Cody Sparks vs. Brady Mueller; and soul-singer Matthew Corey vs. DreamVox. There will also be a live art performance from Anything Project.