Lil Durk is one of the most popular Chicago rappers. He's known for his gangsta style - and it runs in his blood. You see, his father Dontay Banks, aka Big Durk, is a very well renowned figure in Chicago – a stamped OG.
Over the weekend, a rare photo of Big Durk surfaced online. Chicago videographer Will Gates posted the photo onto his IG account.
His caption read, “#tbt Lil Tone & Big Durk was the definition of real & gangster but they never encouraged me to be anything but great. They taught me the streets and how to conduct business but acted as my big brothers/father figures. #family #eachoneteachone don’t be a product of your environment.”
Big Durk was sentenced to life in prison on drug-related charges. Durk tapped his father to issue a message all to the brothers in the struggle in the opening of his new “300 Days, 300 Nights” mixtape:
“This Durk, better known on the South Side of Chicago and throughout the Midwest as Lil Durk’s father. As it started out, I had a life sentence for the stooge pigeons who told on me. I been doing that time for 22 years now. …But by the grace of Allah, I got that blessing and won the appeal and now I’ll be out in a few years… to be with my boy, to be with my sons and be where I’m supposed to be in life and do the things I’m supposed to do as a father. As always, for those who’s in the struggle, those who in this system, for those who in the state system, keep you head up, keep fighting. Rats, don’t never win over real dudes… so keep your head up soldier. We gon keep on letting this thing continue to flow and we’ll get out and do what we supposed to do as men and hold our own and be the fathers we supposed to be, and be the men of the community we supposed to be.”