Not for the first time, Lil Durk is facing legal troubles. The Chicago rapper was arrested Wednesday on a gun-related charge, according to the Chicago Tribune. The charge of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon comes only months after the 22-year-old, whose real name is Durk Banks, pleaded guilty in a separate gun case and pledged not to set foot before a judge again.
Police saw two guns in plain view near Lil Durk at a house in suburban Orland Hills, which they visited as part of a murder probe, according to the Tribune‘s account of the police report. “I got those pipes (guns) ’cause (expletive) always be trying’ to take my bands (money),” he’s quoted as saying in the police report. The report said police found a Glock .45-caliber handgun and a Springfield .45 caliber, each with a magazine and about a dozen live rounds.
Lil Durk’s lawyer professed his innocence. “No gun was ever in the possession of Mr. Banks,” the attorney, Sam Adam Jr., told the Tribune. “At all.”
In August, Lil Durk pleaded guilty to a previous charge of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon. He was sentenced to probation. He could have been sentenced to as long as five years in prison after a 2013 arrest for allegedly throwing a loaded gun into his car. At the time of the arrest, he had almost finished serving his parole for a conviction on gun charge stemming from a 2011 arrest.
“The key word is I’ll be staying out of trouble,” he told the Tribune after the guilty plea. “You can put a capital ‘N’ — for never.”
The Def Jam signee has said his debut album will be titled Remember My Name. He has released several mixtapes and has rapped on tracks by other MCs from Chicago’s scene, including Chief Keef, with whom he briefly had a war of words earlier this year. Listen to Lil Durk’s 2013 single “Dis Ain’t What U Want” below.