You must have heard the following inspirational quote that says “hard times can either make you or break you, depending upon what choice you make”, If you haven’t then allow us to explain what this quote means and lets discuss about Lil Durk net worth.
Most people aren’t born with silver spoons in their mouths as they are burdened with hardships and struggles that overall society doesn’t have any general idea about. While nobody has a choice regarding what tribulations they are going to face but they do have power in deciding whether to use these hard times as a bridge to rebuild their lives for better or let the hard times get the best of them for worse. It all comes down to the person who has to decide which option they will go for.
In most cases, we have seen that when a person is presented with the right opportunity and when they take advantage of it, then they are rewarded with the fruits of their hard work as long they are willing to preserve and fight. In his earlier childhood days, when Lil Durk was going through rough times, instead of being left at mercy of the current circumstances, he choose this time to develop himself for a brighter future.
Now he doesn’t need to introduce himself as everyone knows who Lil Durk is, one of the most well-known American Black rapper and singer from Chicago. Without any further ado, let’s move one ahead to read more about the upcoming rapper, his rise in his music career as well Lil Durk net worth.
The Early Life of Lil Durk
Durk Derrick Banks was born on 19th October 1992 in Englewood which is situated in Illinois, Chicago. He is the son of Dontay Banks Senior. While the identity of his mother is not known but we do know she used to work as a nurse. Durk has only one elder brother named Dontay Banks Junior who like him is also a rapper.
When he was just seven months old, Durk’s father Dontay Banks was found guilty of distributing cocaine along with his four accomplices, which resulted in the culprits earning a lifetime sentence in prison of twenty-five years. With no paternal figure around, all the responsibility of becoming the man of the house fell on him. The family was also struggling financially as Durk recalls that there were times that they didn’t have enough food to feed themselves comfortably.
In addition to financial struggles, the neighborhood in which they resided was notorious for gang warfare. The gang war impacted Durk because soon after he hit the adolescent, he joined the Black Disciplines street gang. During his time as a gang member of the Black Disciplines, Durk become active in criminal activities which didn’t last long as he was caught by police for possessing firearms, leading him to serve prison time for a brief period.
After his release, Durk started to shift his focus on developing his career in his music. Since he didn’t receive any proper education in music he self-taught himself by watching music videos on television.
Later on, when he uploaded his videos on social media platforms including YouTube and MySpace, his online fan base started to expand which prompted him to pursue a career in music as a rap artist. Another reason behind this major decision was due to birth of the child. At age seventeen, Durk became a father which further strengthened his commitment to future goals.
The start of his career as a rapper
With a clear resolution ahead, Durk start establishing his rapping career by first joining the Glo Gang Label which was owned by another American rapper & songwriter named Chief Keef. However, the differences in opinions from both parties lead to the cancellation of signing the label contract. After the dismissal from Glo Gang Label, Durk took the whole authority of creating his rapping in his way.
He did this by releasing his very two singles, “Sneak Dissin” and “I’m Hitta” which achieved immediate success as they received overall positive reviews. The success of the first two singles motivated Durk to work harder in expanding his rapping profession.
Soon after next year in 2012, Durk released the mix tape “Life Ain’t No Joke”. Unlike his first two singles, this mix tape has been downloaded 216,000 times on an online distribution platform called DattPiff in 2015. Other than DattPiff, different social media platforms also played a positive role in promoting this mix tape. By the end of the same year, Durk released a new track known as “L’s Anthem” which also displayed the French Montana remix version.
For three years, Durk continuously kept working on and releasing his rap music with a few of them performed with the collaboration of some other rapper artists as well. Due to the increased popularity of the “L’s anthem” and his third single “Dis ain’t you want”, Durk took a creative approach towards expanding his rap music by signing a joint venture deal with his rap group Only the Family (OTP) and Def Jam Recordings on 2013.
Under this joint venture, Durk released his fourth mix tape “Signed to the Streets” which was exclusively available in DattPiff, labeled with OTP tags. For the promotion of this video, an additional eight music videos were released.
In 2013, “Signed to the Streets” was ranked in 8th position for being the best mix tape by America’s most popular monthly magazine Rolling Stone. The accomplishment of this’ fourth mixtape drastically boosted Lil Durk net worth.
The previous singles and mix tapes did play a significant part in making him a flourishing rapper however it was in the year 2015 that Durk finally got a breakthrough in his rapping music. For the first time, instead of releasing a single or mixtape, Durk released his first official album called “Remember My Name” which contained songs about the street violence he witnessed in his childhood days. The album was ranked 14th position in Billboard 200.
Though the album was a big hit however it only managed to sell a total of 24,000 copies within the first week. Within the year, Durk proceeded to release his sixth mixtape “300 days, 300 nights”. To promote his sixth mixtape, a new single was released “My Beyonce” which featured his love interest female rapper Dej Loaf.
In 2016, Lil Durk released his second album “Lil Durk 2X”. In this second album, not only new songs were released but an additional music video for “My Beyonce” was included as well. Though the album received appraisals by music critics who stated that it was refreshing to hear something new rather than the street violence that earlier singles depicted but it only managed to reach 29th position on Billboard 200.
From 2018 – Present
In March 2018, after his contract with Def Jam Records came to end, Lil Durk advanced towards releasing his twelfth mixtape which he christened “Just Cause Y’all Waited”. Like his first mixtape, this was also released exclusively on Apple Music and iTunes Stores. In Billboard 200, it was ranked 57th position while in the Top R&B/ Hip-Hop Albums chart it was awarded 28th position.
Then two years later, Lil Durk released his fifth album “Just Cause Y’all Waited 2” in which he along with other two rappers namely Lil Baby and Polo G performed on the song label “3 Headed Goat”. The song achieved huge popularity, causing it to make number two on Billboard 200. Recently he released his seventh studio album “7220” which consists of seventeen songs with guest appearances from some notable rappers and musicians.
Personal Life of Lil Durk
Lil Durk is engaged to his long-time girlfriend India Royale. Currently, he has six children named Angelo, Bella, Zayden, Skyler, Willow, and Dumier.
Unfortunately from the year 2014 and onwards, tragedy stuck one after another for Lil Durk. On 31st May 2014, his cousin McArthur was shot who was aspiring towards becoming a successful rapper.
Then next year, his close friend and manager Uchenna Agina was murdered by mobsters in Chicago. In 2020 his close friend King Von was killed in Atlanta. Not much time passed away, sadly his elder brother Dontay Banks Junior was shot outside the Chicago nightclub.
Lil Durk Net Worth 2022
If you are curious to know Lil Durk net worth, then it is estimated to be around $3 million. The main source of his wealth is from releasing his rap music, giving live performances in concerts, and through various other brand endorsements.
The music collaboration with other famous rappers has significantly amplified Lil Durk net worth.
Some Random facts about Lil Durk
1. Lil Durk dropped out the Paul Robeson High School with intention of assisting Black Disciples in gang war.
2. At first, Lil Durk had given no serious thought of becoming professional rap artist. It was when he started uploading his music content on social media and gaining popularity, only then Lil Durk made up his mind to monetize his talent.
3. All six children have different mothers respectively. From his first girlfriend Nicole Covene, Bella and Angela were born. The identity of other children’ mother is not disclosed but from his fiancée India Royale he had two children, Skyler and Willow.
4. His brief appearance in music videos of renowned rap artists Drake and Kanye West has extensively boosted Lil Durk net worth 2022.
5. His zodiac sign is Libra.