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Lil Durk

Lil Durk
Background information
Birth name Durk D. Banks
Born (1992-10-19) October 19, 1992
Origin Chicago, Illinois
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper
Years active 2010–present
Labels OTF, Coke Boys, Def Jam
Associated acts French Montana, Lil Reese, Fredo Santana, KbandzSSR, Chief Keef

Durk D. Banks[1] (born October 19, 1992), better known by his stage name Lil Durk is an American rapper from Chicago, Illinois. He is signed to the major record label Def Jam and French Montana's Coke Boys imprint.


  • Early life 1
  • Musical career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • Legal issues 4
  • Discography 5
    • Studio albums 5.1
    • Mixtapes 5.2
    • Singles 5.3
    • Guest appearances 5.4
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early life

Banks was raised in Englewood, a violent neighborhood on Chicago's South Side.[2]

Musical career

Durk was affiliated with Glory Boys Entertainment early in his career but never signed. He considered rap as a full-time career after the release of his two singles, "Sneak Dissin" and "Ima Hitta", which received generally positive feedback.[3] In December 2012, Durk released a remix to his song "L's Anthem" featuring French Montana[4] On May 21, 2013, Lil Durk inked a deal on French Montana's label, Coke Boys.[5]

After a couple of delays, on October 10, 2013, his fourth mixtape Signed To the Streets was released on DatPiff under his own label OTF and Coke Boys. It features two guest appearances from Lil Reese and production credits from Paris Bueller, Young Chop and more.[6] 8 music videos have been released for the mixtape: "Bars Pt. 2", "Oh My God", "100 Rounds", "Dis Ain't What U Want", "Bang Bros", "Traumatized", "Hittaz" and "Times". Signed to the Streets would be named the eighth best mixtape of 2013 by Rolling Stone.[7] On October 22, 2013, in an interview with XXL Lil Durk said he was working on his debut album with Def Jam and the Coke Boys collaboration album.[8] He was planning to release his fifth mixtape, Fuckery, on January 5, 2014. However, on January 6, 2014, Lil Durk stated on Twitter that Def Jam told him not to release the free mixtape.[9] Durk was named part of the 2014 XXL Freshmen Class.[10]

On March 27, 2015, Durk's manager Uchenna "Chino" Agina was shot and killed in Chicago's Avalon Park neighborhood.[11] This shooting death came just two days after Durk announced his forthcoming debut album Remember My Name would be released on May 12, 2015 and the release of the album's first single "Like Me".

However, on April 20, 2015, Durk revealed the official album cover for Remember My Name and announced a new release date of June 2, 2015.[12]

Personal life

On the night of March 27, 2015, Lil Durk's Manager OTF Chino(real name Uchenna Agina), was shot and killed in Chicago. The Chicago Tribune reported that at about 1:50 a.m., Chino was shot multiple times while sitting in a car outside a restaurant in Avalon Park. According to reports, he was sitting in a car in the 8400 block of South Stony Island Avenue when a gunman approached on foot and fired shots into the vehicle, hitting the man repeatedly including once in his head. The Chicago Sun Times reports that he was driven to Advocate Trinity Hospital by a friend, where he was declared dead at 2:04 a.m. Chino was aged 24.[13] Agina's death came after the 2014 shooting death of Durk's cousin OTF NuNu (real name Mcarthur Swindle)

Legal issues

In 2011, Banks was arrested on a weapons charge and sentenced to three months in jail. He was later released on bond, only to be sent back to serve 87 more days. [14][15]

On June 5, 2013, Banks was arrested after allegedly throwing a loaded .40 caliber handgun into his car when police approached him on South Green Street in Chicago. He was charged with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon.[16] He was held on $100,000 bond and his lawyer would claim to have nine affidavits from witnesses who confirm Durk's innocence. One witness also admitted the gun was his.[17] Banks was released on July 18, 2013.[15]


Studio albums

List of albums with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
Remember My Name[18]
  • Release: June 2, 2015
  • Label: OTF, Def Jam
  • Format: CD, digital download
14 2 2


List of mixtapes, with year released
Title Album details
I'm A Hitta[19]
  • Released: August 26, 2011
  • Label: OTF
  • Format: Digital download
I'm Still A Hitta
  • Released: April 3, 2012
  • Label: OTF
  • Format: Digital download
Life Ain't No Joke[20]
  • Released: November 5, 2012
  • Label: OTF
  • Format: Digital download
Signed to the Streets[21]
  • Released: October 10, 2013
  • Label: OTF, Coke Boys
  • Format: Digital download
Coke Boys 4
(with Coke Boys)
  • Released: January 2, 2014[22]
  • Label: Coke Boys, Evil Empire
  • Format: Digital download
Signed to the Streets 2[23]
  • Release date: July 7, 2014
  • Label: OTF, Coke Boys
  • Format: Digital download
300 Days 300 Nights
  • Scheduled: November 5, 2015
  • Label: OTF, Coke Boys
  • Format: Digital download


List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Mixtape
US Rap
"L's Anthem" 2012 I'm Still A Hitta
"Dis Ain't What U Want" 2013 Signed to the Streets
"Like Me"
(featuring Jeremih)
2015 109 43 Remember My Name
"What Your Life Like"

Guest appearances

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Beef" 2012 Lil Reese, Fredo Santana Don't Like
"Wild Niggas" Fredo Santana It's A Scary Site
"I Want It All" Queen Louie ShowTime
"It's On" Bo Deal Welcome To Klanville
"Katrina" Lil Mouse Mouse Trap
"I Gotta Sack" Chief Keef N/A
"I Love Money" King Louie
"We That" Frenchie, Yodie GBE's For Greater Glory 2.5
"Both Sides"[24] 2013 Juelz Santana, Jim Jones God Will'n
"Been About It" Chaz Gotti, Trae tha Truth Voice of Dunk
"S.O.S. (Smash On Sight)" Cap1, Lil Reese It
"Change Fredo Santana, Gino Marley, Capo & Ballout Fredo Kruger
"Usher Raymond" Fly-Ty, Cap1, Juelz Santana N/A
"All We Do" Chinx Drugz Cocaine Riot 3
"Frontline" SBOE All We Got Is Us
"Clout" 485 Duwop Gang
"Wassup" Lil Reese, Fredo Santana Supa Savage
"Ride" RondoNumbaNine Real Nigga 4 Life
"Only In Broward" Maro-Murk, Kidd Kidd N/A
"Lettin Up" Lil Bibby, Lil Herb We Mean Biz
"Brothers" L'A Capone, RondoNumbaNine Separate Myself and Real Nigga 4 Life 2
"On The Corner" 2014 Lil Herb, KD Young Cocky Welcome To Fazoland
"ChiRaq"(Remix) Meek Mill, Shy Glizzy N/A
"Gone Lie" Chinx Cocaine Riot 4
"On Fait Pas Ça" Lacrim Corleone
"Murder Team" Young Chop Still
"5 MO" 2015 French Montana, Travi$ Scott Casino Life 2: Brown Bag Legend
"All Hustle No Luck" French Montana,
"Hard Work" French Montana
"Where Yo Trap At" Fredo Santana, Lil Reese Ain't No Money Like Trap Money
"Life Like This (Prod. By Young Chop)" J Rock, South Single


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  2. ^ David Drake (October 17, 2012). "Growing Up in Chicago and Getting Noticed".  
  3. ^ "Lil Durk Started When?".  
  4. ^ """Lil Durk to Feature Yo Gotti, Juelz Santana, Meek Mill & Future on "Ls Anthem (Remix).  
  5. ^ "Lil Durk Goes From Glory Boy To Coke Boy – XXL". 2013-05-28. Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  6. ^ Ortiz, Edwin (2013-10-10). """Mixtape: Lil Durk "Signed To The Streets. Complex. Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  7. ^ "Lil Durk, 'Signed to the Streets' – 10 Best Mixtapes of 2013". Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  8. ^ "Lil Durk Draws Inspiration From Chicago’s Most Violent Neighborhoods – Page 3 of 3 – XXL". 2013-10-22. Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  9. ^ Sargent, Jordan (2014-01-06). "Lil Durk Says Def Jam Put His "F**kery" Mixtape On Hold". Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  10. ^ Sia, Niccole. "XXL Freshmen 2014 Cover Revealed". XXL Magazine. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  11. ^ Hudson, Tanay. "Lil’ Durk’s Manager Chino Dolla Shot And Killed In Chicago". AllHipHop. 
  12. ^ Zeichner, Naomi. "Lil Durk Announces Debut Album, Premieres "Like Me" Video With Jeremih". The Fader. The Fader. 
  13. ^ "Lil Durk's Manager Shot and Killed – XXL". 2015-03-27. Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  14. ^ David Drake (November 18, 2012). "Durk Returning to Jail".  
  15. ^ a b "Lil Durk Released From Jail – XXL". 2013-07-20. Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  16. ^ Drake, David. "Lil Durk Arrested With .40 Caliber Handgun in Chicago". Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  17. ^ Diep, Eric (2013-06-06). "Lil Durk Held On $100,000 Bond For Gun Charge; Lawyer Says He's Innocent – XXL". Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  18. ^ "iTunes – Music – Remember My Name (Deluxe) by Lil Durk". 1992-10-19. Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  19. ^ "Lil Durk – Ima Hitta The Mixtape Hosted by Dj Twin Dj Victoriouz Mixtape – Stream & Download". 2011-09-26. Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  20. ^ "Lil Durk – Life Ain't No Joke – DJ Victoriouz, DJ Moondawg, DJ Pharris". Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  21. ^ "Lil Durk – Signed To The Streets Hosted by DJ Drama Mixtape – Stream & Download". Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  22. ^ [1]
  23. ^ "Lil Durk – Signed To The Streets 2 Hosted by DJ Drama & Don Cannon Mixtape – Stream & Download". Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  24. ^ Kuperstein, Slava (January 14, 2013). "Juelz Santana "God Will'n" Mixtape Download & Stream". HipHopDX. Cheri Media Group. Retrieved January 14, 2013. 

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