Lil Durk’s Father Says He Took Life Sentence After Refusing To Snitch On Larry Hoover 

Lil Durk’s Father Says He Took Life Sentence After Refusing To Snitch On Larry Hoover


Lil Durk’s father Dontay Banks, is speaking out about his 25 years behind bars.

During a recent interview, the former Chicago street legend revealed he received the lengthy prison sentence after he refused to snitch on Gangsta Disciple cofounder Larry Hoover. During the interview, Dontay Banks recounted the day he was arrested and the ultimatum he was allegedly given by authorities. According to Banks, the authorities told him,

“‘You give us Larry Hoover, we’ll put you back on 26th [Street] and you’ll work for us.”

That’s when he made the decision that he wasn’t going to become a rat. He explains,

“I went in my pocket, pulled out the card to my lawyer, slid it on the table and said, ‘Call my lawyer.’ And, from then on, here I am, 26 years later, a free man. Without telling, without compromising, without being something I’m not. Rats, stool pigeons, people who tell things to get out…We don’t live this type of life. I’m a Muslim first and foremost. No doubt about it. But, even in Islam, we don’t believe in telling. We don’t believe in rats. We don’t believe in stool pigeons.”

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According to reports, Lil Durk’s father was arrested in 1993, after being caught in a cocaine distribution ring. At the time of his arrest, he reportedly had $8 million in his possession, which was seized by authorities. In July of 1994, Dontay Banks was sentenced to life in prison along with three other men. He served 22 years behind bars before he was able to appeal the life sentence. He was released in 2019, after nearly 25 years in prison, and reunited with his son, rapper Lil Durk.

Lil Durk


Larry Hoover helped found Chicago’s infamous Gangster Disciples gang back in 1968 and has been in prison since 1973 for murdering a 19-year-old drug dealer.  He was later found guilty of continuing to run the gang from prison in 1997. Hoover is currently serving six life sentences in a Colorado supermax prison alongside infamous criminals like the Unabomber and Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán.

Hoover has since denounced the gang life and currently works to mentor the youth. Over the years, multiple efforts from the hip-hop community have been made to assist in getting him an appeal. Last December, Drake and Kanye West performed a Free Larry Hoover concert in Chicago in order to raise funds for the effort.

J.Prince, Drake, Kanye at Larry Hoover Concert

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Authored by: Monique Nicole