Lil Durk is an American rapper born on October 19, 1992, in Chicago, Illinois. Born as Durk Banks, he showed interest in music from an early age and was always involved in rapping events as a teenager. He was self-producing his first tapes under the OTF label (Only the Family), which was also his. The record label and collective OTF had been successfully producing since 2010.
Lil Dirk’s early works are fully inspired by the harsh Chicago streets life and early childhood. Lil Durk’s father got a life sentence in 1994 on drug charges. The rest of the family had financial hardships while the rapper was growing up, so a professional music career was the only exit from the ghetto life. His father was released from prison in 2019, which added the missing part of his life.
As for NFT investments, Lil Durk is known for having invested in Bored Ape NFTs, which are some of the most popular ones out there. If you want to know more about this artist and his NFT investments, keep reading!
Lil Durk’s First Singles
The Chicago rapper is one the most renowned of his era, and he has an unreal talent for what he’s doing. “Sneak Dissin'” and “I’ma Hitta” are the first singles that made him famous among the established rap world, and his career hasn’t stopped ever since. The real fame comes with his third mixtape, “Life Ain’t No Joke,” released on October 19, 2012. It was this hit that launched Lil Durk to the stars and brought him collaborations with rap giants such as Drake. By September 2015 this mixtape was downloaded 216,000 times on DatPiff.
After having success with his first rap work, he dedicated himself to rap full-time by signing a contract with the renowned ‘Def Jam Recordings.’ However, he stayed as part of Only the Family and kept working with the collective. His track “L’s Anthem” was a huge hit, including French Montana in the re-release. The fourth mixtape, “Signed to the Streets” included famous names such as Lil Reese, Paris Bueller, and Young Chop, among other artists. According to Rolling Stone magazine, “Signed to the Streets” was the eighth-best mixtape in 2013, which surely increased Lil Durk’s fame and well as his bank account. Eight videos were promoting the mixtape at that time, including
- Bars Pt. 2
- Oh My God
- 100 Rounds
- Dis Ain’t What U Want
- Bang Bros
First Studio Album
The sequel of “Signed to the Streets” and his fifth mixtape was released in 2014, while he announced his first studio album under Def Jam, “Remember My Name” for 2015. Overall, the first single of that album, “Like Me” was released on May 12, and it features Lil Durk’s guest star, Jeremih. A week later than June 2, 2015, when the album was released, there were already 24,000 copies sold, and Lil Durk’s debut album got on 14th position on Billboard 200.
Record Number of Copies for “My Beyonce”
The same year when Lil Durk surprised the world with his debut album, he also released the sixth mixtape called “300 Days, 300 Nights” including the super popular single “My Beyonce” sold in over 500,000 copies. By setting a personal record, Lil Durk showed the world his determination, hard work, and impeccable talent for rapping.
Further Career Developments and Personal Life Issues
2017 had been a fruitful year for Lil Durk as he released several mixtapes including, Love Songs for the Streets in February, Supa Vultures, a mixtape with the collaboration of Lil Reese, in August, Signed to the Streets 2.5 in October, and Bloodas, a mixtape with the guest Tee Grizzley, in December.
In 2018, he left Def Jam Recordings and released “Just Cause Y’all Waited” exclusively on Apple Music and the iTunes Store only one day after closing the contract with the label. The non-album project was also successful, but not like the previous works. Overall, the single was number 28 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and 57th on Billboard 200.
In the following years, Lil Durk continued his successful rap career and got involved in various disputes using firearms. He got arrested a couple of times for owning a firearm and gang shootings. As part of the Black Disciples, a rival gang of the Gangster Disciples, he had many troubles with Lil Reese, his former collaborator from the early days.
Lil Durk Today and His NFT Investment
Now, Lil Durk is a father of six to different mothers and the newest rapper to join the cyber world of NFT investments. Following the epic colleague Eminem, as well as Meek Mill, Lil Durk invested close to $250,000 or 79 ETH in Bored Ape NFT.
NFT stands for a non-fungible token, which means that the data is stored on the blockchain and is not interchangeable. One of the most wanted NFTs among rappers is Bored Monkey. Its floor price is skyrocketing in the past few weeks due to the enormous interest of people buying it. Lil Durk is the #2414 in the collection of 10,000 Apes, although he purchased Ape #9979. His Ape is wearing a leather jacket, a blindfold, and gold earrings. The leather jacket is the rarest item among the Apes, and only 2,1% of them have it.
Other high-profile Bored Ape collectors besides Lil Durk include names such as Snoop Dogg, Jimmy Fallon, the basketball player Steph Curry, Lil Baby, DJ Khaled, Eminem, and Meek Mill.
Lil Durk’s purchase of Bored Apes contributed to the price-raise of the collectible. Knowing that there are only 10,000 Bored Apes on the market, this NFT token is becoming a luxurious item that all famous rappers want a part of. They even compare the Apes to Rolex watches and even say there are only 10,000 Apes, while Rolex produces a million watches per day. There’s no doubt that all these celebrities don’t help regular traders with the prices, but as always, they are the ones who must have the most luxurious traits, even if it is online.
The Bored Ape Yacht Club is the master collector of Bored Apes. Awaiting for the Bored Ape tokens to be released, the founders threw two spectacular parties for NFT NY, one on a yacht and another one on a different location with a world-known DJ. Besides the Bored Ape Yacht Club, there’s also a Mutant Ape Yacht Club, also a great Ape collector. An important thing to mention here is that Bored Apes is a digital collection, part of the Ethereum blockchain. Lil Durk traded 79 ETH for a Bored Ape, which instantly increased the price of the collectible.
The Chicago rapper is now the proud owner of a high-ranking Bored Ape, making him even more respected among fellow rappers and fans alike. Despite all the hardship that he had in the past, Lil Durk is still one of the most sold rap artists of today, and he will surely keep making headlines with his controversial lifestyle. Hopefully, we will hear more about Lil Durk and his NFTs than his arrests. Nevertheless, no matter what he does – he always wins his followers’ respect and support, being the great rap artist he is.