What Happened to Lil Durk’s father Dontay Banks?

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Dontay Banks is the father of popular American rapper Durk Derrick Banks who is popularly known as Lil Durk. On 11th March Lil Durk released an album and some of the songs in the album tell the story of his family. He has talked about many things but what caught the attention of his fans is his song ‘Love Dior’ where he has talked about his niece Dior Banks.

In the song, he also has a line where he talks about Dior’s late father and his brother DThang. His brother was shot dead in 2021 outside Harvey Club. Most fans even know about his brother as he was also a music artist but they are now more into other members of Lil Durk’s family like his father Dontay Banks.

This piece will cover everything you need to know about rapper Lil Durk’s father Dontay Banks. More importantly, they are curious to know why Lil Durk’s father was in prison.

Who is Dontay Banks?

As mentioned, Dontay Banks is the father of popular American rapper Lil Durk. There is not much information about Dontay however, according to the reports, Dontay is from Chicago. His son Durk was only seven months old when Dontay was arrested and put behind bars.

According to ‘The Focus News’ Dontay had $8 million in his possession when he was imprisoned and all his wealth was seized. Because all of his possession was seized, Durk had to go through a lot of hardships in his childhood. We can all imagine how hard it must have been really hard for Durk because his father was not around.

So why was Dontay imprisoned? let’s find out.

Why was Dontay Banks in prison?

Dontay was arrested back in 1993 and he was arrested because he was distributing crack cocaine in Chicago. Other than Banks there were four men involved in the distribution. He received a life sentence in prison along with those four involved in the case.

He was imprisoned in 1994 and was in prison for nearly 25 years. On 15th July 1994 ‘The Chicago Tribune’ reported, “The two suppliers, Carneil Simmons, 48, and L.C. Godfrey, 54, testified at trial that they delivered more than 85 kilos of cocaine to Banks from fall 1991 to May 1993.”

He was released in 2019 after spending 22 years in jail. He filed for an appeal and was granted in February 2019. Upon his release, on February 13, 2019, Lil Durk tweeted, “Big Durk home !!!!”

Lil Durk’s parents are together

As mentioned Durk’s father was arrested and he was in prison for more than two decades. In an interview with Streets Rap War, Durk said that it is a bit crazy having both his mother and father together after 26 years. After Dontay’s release, they have already reconnected and are together, they are also pretty close even after they were apart for 26 years.

“It’s like a load off my back. It’s crazy to know I’ve got my mummy and my daddy because I’ve never been one of the ones who could say that,” Durk said in the interview.

Dontay is now a grandfather of Durk and his brother DThang’s children. From his deceased son, he has two grandchildren Dior Banks and her brother Dontay Banks III, and from his son Lil Durk he has seven children, Angelo Banks, Willow Banks, Skyler Banks, Bella Banks, Du’mier Banks, and Zayden Banks.

He does love his children even though he can’t give them all his time. He seems to manage time and spend time with his kids and once even posted a story where he wrote, “Who needs friends when you got 7 kids”

Lil Durk set a goal to be a better father

On May 13, Lil Durk shared a post on his Twitter and he also wrote “I’m sorry to all my babies lock in time,” of course, he has set a goal to be a better father to his kids. Certainly, Durk has many children but he still manages time and spends time together with his kids.

He was seen together with his kids in a Chicago Cubs game. Wait a minute, that is not all but he also took his kids to Disneyland. His fiance India Royale told him that he was obsessed with her when she was pregnant and she also mentioned that he wants more children which the rapper himself also twitted.

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