Lil Durk had to become the man of his household at a very young age after his father Dontay Banks was sentenced to life in prison in 1994 for his role in distributing crack-c—— in South Side Chicago.
A then-25-year-old Banks was labeled the ringleader of a criminal enterprise that included associates Robert Shipp, 21; and 25-year-old Mario Dunlap and Alton Mills, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Banks was a reputed member of the notorious Gangster Disciples street gang.
Lil Durk often makes mention of his father in his music.
In “52 Bars,” Durk raps, “Son needed his daddy, I still need him right now/He doing life in the Feds need that appeal right now.”
Durk references his father again in “Dis Ain’t What U Want,” rapping, “Daddy doing life, snitches doing months.”
Banks’ suppliers received significantly lower sentences due to their cooperation with prosecutors.
Carneil Simmons, 48, and L.C. Godfrey, 54, plead guilty for their roles in drug distribution and testified against Banks and his cohorts.
They told prosecutors they distributed more than 85 kilos of c—— to Banks from fall 1991 to May 1993, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Banks will be eligible for parole in 2024.
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