Durk Derrick Banks, commonly known as Lil Durk, is an American singer and rapper. He’s from Chicago, Illinois. Durk is the founder and lead member of OTF (Only the Family), a collective and record label.
Durk gained a cult following after he released his mixtape series “Signed to the Streets”. This release resulted in a record deal with Def Jam Recordings.
Def Jam Recordings would release his debut studio Albums, Lil Durk 2x and Remember My Name. However, the record label dropped Lil Durk in 2018.
Durk Derrick Banks was born on October 19, 1992. He grew up with a lot of responsibilities at hand since his father was imprisoned when he was still 7 months old.
According to Durk, he remembers that there were times when he didn’t have enough food at home when he was still young.
Durk started his first breakthrough on social media websites, such as YouTube and Myspace. As his fan base began to grow, he also grew fond of the idea of becoming a popular rapper.
Durk went to Paul Robeson High School. However, he dropped out of school at 17 after becoming a father.
After dropping out, Durk took his career more seriously. He joined a street gang in Chicago called the Black Disciples.
After he joined the gang, he started to get into trouble with the law. In October 2011, Durk served time due to gun charges. This includes possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number.
Later on, Durk pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of aggravated unauthorized use of a weapon.
In 2011, Durk would start taking music seriously. After his plans of signing with French Montana and Chief Keef’s label failed, he considered rapping as a full-time career.
He released two singles titled “I’ma Hitta” and “Sneak Dissin”. Both of the singles gained positive feedback in general.
On October 19, 2012, Durk released “Life Ain’t No Joke”. It is his 3rd mixtape.
Since then, Lil Durk has become one of the most popular rappers in the United States.
Throughout his life, Durk’s father, Dontay Banks Sr., had been serving two life sentences without the chance of parole. The details aren’t disclosed.
Durk also has an older brother named Dontay Banks Jr., which is also known as “D Thang”.
Durk is in a relationship with India Royale. He also has 6 kids.
Rapper McArthur “OTF Nunu” Swindle was murdered on May 31, 2014. He was one of Durk’s cousins. Next, Uchenna “OTF Chino Dolla” Agina was also shot dead on March 27, 2015. He was Durk’s manager and friend.
King Von was murdered in Atlanta on November 6, 2020. He was the close friend of Lil Durk. Dontay “D Thang” Banks Jr was shot and killed on June 6 2021 outside a Chicago Nightclub.
Durk was targeted in a home invasion in the early hours of July 11, 2021. Both Durk and his girlfriend exchanged gunfire with the suspects.
No one was harmed during the event and the suspects fled the scene.
Durk was arrested in 2011 on a weapon charge. He was sentenced to 3 months in jail. Later on, he was released on bond. However, he was sent back to serve 87 more days.
Durk was arrested on June 5 2013 after reportedly throwing a loaded .40 caliber handgun into his car when police approached him on South Green Street in Chicago.
Durk was charged with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon. Durk was held on $100,000 bond. His attorney would claim to have 9 affidavits from witnesses who verifies Durk’s innocence.
On July 18, 2013, Durk was released.
Hours before a scheduled concert performance on September 4, 2015 at the Theatre of Living Arts in Center City, Philadelphia, a shootout happened.
The event left Durk’s tour bus damaged by gunfire and one man died during the scene. Durk wasn’t questioned or arrested by police.
Durk was cleared of disregarding probation on August 19, 2016 when he was arrested on felony gun charges. The judge dropped the charges.
Lil Durk and King Von were arrested in June 2019 on attempted murder charges. According to reports, they robbed and shot a man outside a well-known Atlanta drive-in for a Jeep Cherokee and $30,000.
After spending a couple of days in jail, Von and Durk were released on $300,000 and $250,000 bonds.
Durk was also involved in a rivalry between Disciple Joseph “Lil Jojo” Coleman and Chief Keef. The feud ended in tragedy after Lil Jojo was murdered on September 5, 2012.
Lil Durk Total Net Worth
Aside from being the lead member of the OTF rap collective, Durk is also the richest member of the group.
As of 2021, Durk has a net worth of $3 million. If you compare him with the other members of the group, the next richest member is Memo600. He has a net worth of around $1 million.
The next on the line is Booka600. He has a net worth of around $550,000.
Lil Durk has a lot of successful musical projects. This includes the album Remember My Name (2015). This album peaked at #14 on the Billboard 200. During the first week, the album sold 24,000 copies.
He also released a Mixtape on March 29, 2018 called Just Cause Y’all Waited. It charted at the numbers 22, 28, and 57 on the Rap Albums chart, the Top R&B / Hip-Hop Albums chart, and the Billboard 200.
On October 19, 2012, Durk released a mixtape called Life Ain’t No Joke. The mixtape got more than 215,000 downloads on DatPiff by 2015.
Durk released a single on November 20, 2015 called My Beyonce. The single was certified gold on June 5, 2017, by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America). The single sold more than 500,000 copies.