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When Chicago Rapper Lil Durk was still a teenager in the early 2010s, he recorded many of the songs that would make drill music a phenomenon in Chicago and eventually nationwide. On his latest album, The Voice of the Heroes, he teamed up with Lil Baby. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. In fact, just to give you an idea of how solidly successful the album is, 16 of the 18 songs featured on the album are currently on the Hot 100.
Durk’s chart topping album is more than likely not top of mind for him. June 5th, his older brother, OTF DThang (born Dontay Banks Jr.), was murdered in Chicago. The funeral was held June 10th.
Durk is not new to tragedy. Some of you may remember his Only The Family (OTF) labelmate, King Von, was murdered last year at his album release party in Atlanta for “Welcome to O’Block.” More recently, in one of Durk’s posts a week before his brother’s passing, he expressed his feelings about the murder of one of his producers, Turn Me Up Josh.
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More info from the Streaming Platforms
- YouTube – Lil Durk: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaxOQZrF5llUMp-JjesUz1A
- Spotify – Lil Durk: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3hcs9uc56yIGFCSy9leWe7
- SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/LILDURK
- Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/lil-durk/541282483
- iHeart: https://www.iheart.com/artist/lil-durk-788837/
- Tidal – Lil Durk: https://tidal.com/browse/artist/4743579
- Last.fm: https://www.last.fm/music/Lil+Durk
- Lil Baby / Lil Durk: The Voice of the Heroes Album Review. https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/lil-baby-lil-durk-the-voice-of-the-heroes/. Accessed 16 June 2021.
- Lil Baby & Lil Durk’s ‘The Voice of the Heroes’ Tops Billboard 200. https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/hip-hop/9586539/lil-baby-lil-durk-the-voice-of-the-heroes-number-one-billboard-200-albums-chart/. Accessed 16 June 2021.
- Lil Durk Attends Brother OTF DThang’s Funeral. https://hiphopdx.com/news/id.62642/title.lil-durk-braves-a-smile-for-instagram–following-brother-otf-dthangs-funeral. 17 June 2021.
- Lil Durk’s Brother, OTF DThang, Dead at 32 after Reportedly Being Shot. https://www.tmz.com/2021/06/06/lil-durk-brother-otf-dthang-dead-dies-reportedly-shot-killed/. 17 June 2021.
- Lil Durk and Lil Baby Dominate The Hot 100 This Week with 19 Charting Hits. https://www.forbes.com/sites/hughmcintyre/2021/06/15/lil-baby-and-lil-durk-dominate-the-hot-100-this-week-with-19-simultaneous-charting-hits/?sh=31e93f215a38. Accessed 17 June 2021.
- Chicago rapper Lil Durk’s brother, ‘DThang,’ killed outside Harvey Club. https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/2021/6/7/22522788/dontay-banks-lil-durk-brother-dthang-shot-harvey-club. Accessed 17 June 2021.