Born In: Englewood, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Lil Durk is one of the upcoming American Rappers from Chicago. He was born as Durk Banks and later adopted the stage name Lil Durk. He started showing interest in music from a young age and self-released his early mix tapes through his own OTF (Only the Family) label. After his initial success, he started considering music as his full-time career option starting from the early 2010. He later signed with the recording label ‘Def Jam Recordings’ and is now rated by analysts as the best rapper to be associated with the prestigious recording label. The violent neighborhood where he was born and brought up had an adverse impact on his family. His father was imprisoned for life in the year 1994, on drug related charges and his family faced financial hardships during his childhood. Chicago’s street violence had an impact on many of his early releases.
Also Known As: Durk Derrick Banks
Spouse/Ex-: Nicole Covone
father: Dontay Banks
children: Angelo, Bella, Zayden
Born Country: United States
City: Chicago, Illinois
U.S. State: Illinois
Lil Durk was born on October 19, 1992 to Dontay Banks Sr and a nurse in Chicago. The name of his mother is not known. He had a brother, Dontay Banks Jr, popularly known D Thang, who was a popular rapper and Instagram star was also seen in some of the videos of Lil Durk. D Thag was shot dead in June 2021.
He started his first break through social media channels like Myspace and YouTube. He was encouraged when his online fan base started growing rapidly. Durk could focus more on his career after he became a father at the age of seventeen as he felt more responsible in raising people dependent on him.
In the early years of his career, Lil Durk was associated with the Glo Gang label promoted by another Chicago-based rapper, Chief Keef. But he was never signed into the label. Due to this reason Lil Durk started to create his own image in the music world.
The year 2015, marked a giant leap in his career with the release of his first album, ‘Remember My Name’. The album is full of songs based on the street violence of Chicago that he experienced in his childhood. The album was a big hit and ranked fourteen on the Billboard 200 list. But the sales of the album lagged with just 24,000 copies sold in the first week after its release. But a single in the album ‘Like Me’ made the album a sleeper hit as the song was downloaded/streamed multiple times on platforms like iTunes and Spotify.
On December 15, 2015, Lil Durk released his sixth mix tape called ‘300 Days, 300 Nights’. A single, ‘My Beyonce’ was released to promote this mix tape. The single featured his love interest Dej Loaf. Critics called this mix tape a refreshing change from his earlier releases which mostly chronicled drug violence in the neighborhood where he was born. The mix tape was received very well by his fans and solidified the image of Lil Durk as a growing star in the American music industry.
Lil Durk was romantically linked to Instagram star India Royale. In December 2021, the couple announced their engagement. however, they parted ways in September 2022. Lil Durk has six children named Willow, Zayden, Du'mier, Bella, Angelo and Skyler.
In the year 2014, Durk’s cousin McArthur Swindle was murdered by mobsters in Chicago. McArther Swindle was working to become a rapper with Lil Durk and was part of his OTF crew at the time of his murder.
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