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Phil Durl

You won't hear tales of towering money stacks, walnut-sized jewelry or sparkling rims in the music of rapper Phil Durl.

"I don't own one ounce of jewelry," he said. "I'm trying to talk about real life in my music."

And that Durl does: One song from his 2006 album "Durl McVaye" is about a girlfriend who keeps nagging him for stuff. It's called "Wanting Mo' Stuff."

Another one is an account of Durl cussing out a woman who is holding up a cash register line. Its title? "Cussing Hoes Out."

Durl, 33, uses a twangy delivery and a sly sense of humor to describe everyday Midwestern life. Durl said the album's follow-up, which he's currently working on with local hip-hop producers Familia Ties, should be out sometime next month. Like "Durl McVaye," he plans to sell it online at CD Baby (

But, Durl said, don't expect to hear it on the radio.

"We have a problem with DJs at local radio stations here pushing their own artists," he said.

To work around that with his last album, Durl took an unusual tack: He bought commercial airtime on local radio stations and used it to play his songs.

"I was basically trying to get on the radio however I could," he said. "And it worked out pretty good actually. I sold a few copies more than I thought I would that way."

If you're looking for ego-driven rappers boasting about their style, look elsewhere. But if you're interested in true-life storytelling over mellow, funk-inflected beats, get to know Phil Durl.

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