The Criminal History of Lil Durk

The Criminal History of Lil Durk

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Like it or not, Lil Durk has really made a name for himself in the Hip-Hop game. Even though he’s usually grouped in with the younger generation of rappers, he was dropping music as early as 2010. He’s actually been around longer than you’d think. And with that time comes plenty of run-ins with the law! Get ready, cause today, we’re diving into the criminal history of Lil Durk.  


Durk Derrick Banks, aka Lil Durk had it pretty rough during his early life. He grew up on the South Side of Chicago. His father was incarcerated when he was 7 months old and served 22 years before being released in 2019. His mother, a nurse, raised him and his three sisters. Times were hard, and their family struggled from lack of food.  Sometimes adversity is what helps us grow, and Lil Durk used these hard times as motivation to succeed. He first gained a following through Myspace and YouTube.  Lil Durk  took his career more seriously after becoming a father at 17. He attended Paul Robeson High School but dropped out in order to join the Black Disciples, a street gang in Chicago. But with gang life comes a lot of trouble. Soon after joining he began to get into trouble with the law and served time in October 2011 due to gun charges, including possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number. He later pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of aggravated unauthorized use of a weapon, according to court records.  


In 2010, Banks formed the music collective Only the Family. Lil Durk  started taking his music career seriously in 2011 after receiving positive feedback on his music video for “Sneak Dissin’. 

The song has close to a million views on youtube and really put him on people’s radar. 

 He released his mixtape Ima Hitta later that year. Def Jam Recordings sent A&R representatives to Chicago to reach out to him after the mixtape was released.  Durk then signed a record deal with the label in early 2012. Later in his career, Durk expressed that he wished he would have signed with French Montana’s label, Coke Boys. Well, he made the best of the situation.  

On March 25, 2015, Durk announced the title of his debut studio album Remember My Name and revealed its official release date to be May 12. On the same day, the album’s first single, “Like Me”, featuring Jeremih, was released. THe song has over 50 million views on youtube to date. It was eventually certified gold by the RIAA at the end of 2016.  On April 20, 2015, Durk revealed the album cover and announced the album was delayed. On June 2, 2015, Durk’s debut album, Remember My Name, was finally released as planned. The album peaked at number fourteen on the Billboard 200 with 28,000 equivalent album units; it sold 24,000 copies in its first week, with the remainder of its unit count attributed to streaming activity and track sales. Lil Durk was on the rise! But success aint always easy. And Lil durk has had plenty of issues with the law AND other rappers 


Lil Durk was involved in a rivalry between Chief Keef and rival Gangster Disciple Joseph “Lil Jojo” Coleman. After Glo Gang affiliate Lil Reese offended his gang set, The Brick Squad (not to be confused with rapper Gucci Mane’s label), Jojo responded with the diss track, “BDK (300K)”, calling out a vast majority of gang members, most namely Keef, Reese and Durk. The feud ended in tragedy after Lil Jojo was shot and killed on September 5, 2012.  

In 2011, Banks was arrested on a weapon charge and sentenced to three months in jail. He was later released on bond, only to be sent back to serve 87 more days.  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.  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. ] Banks was released on July 18, 2013.  

On September 4, 2015, hours before a scheduled concert performance at the Theatre of Living Arts in Center City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a shootout occurred leaving Durk’s tour bus damaged by gunfire and one man dead during the scene. Durk was not arrested or questioned by police.  

On August 19, 2016, he was cleared of disregarding probation when he was arrested on felony gun charges; the judge dropped the charges.  

Who knows what the future holds for Lil Durk. Between legal trouble and encounters with the law, he definitely stays busy. His most recent album called “The Voice” has been getting critical acclaim. On November 6, 2020, Lil Durk’s close friend King Von was murdered in Atlanta. The album is deep, dark, and personal. And reveals how Lil Durk feels about King Von’s death. On the LP, Durk depicts himself as someone who is battling own demons and addictions, heading down a path to destruction. He spends much of the album in confessional mode, angry at himself and at everyone out there trying to test him or get things from him. It’s definitely worth checking out

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