Lil Zay Osama and Lil Durk are two of the most prominent rappers in the Chicago drill scene, but are they related by blood? The answer is no, they are not. However, they do share a musical bond and a friendship that goes beyond family ties. Here is the truth behind their song “F*** My Cousin” and their relationship.
Who is Lil Zay Osama?
Lil Zay Osama, whose real name is Isaiah Dukes, was born on June 3, 1997, in Chicago, Illinois. He grew up in the Robert Taylor Homes, a notorious public housing project on the South Side of Chicago. He started rapping at the age of 8, inspired by his older brother, and joined a gang at the age of 12. He was shot in the chest at 15 and arrested on gun charges while in the hospital. He spent three years in a juvenile detention center, where he focused on writing rap songs influenced by pop and R&B.
After his release in 2017, he returned to the music scene with a new style and perspective, describing his music as “pain music” that reflects his violent upbringing and explores subjects such as grief, trauma and survival. He gained popularity with his hit song “Changed Up”, which has over 20 million views on YouTube. He signed with Warner Records in 2019 and released his mixtapes Hood Bible, Trench Baby and Trench Baby 2. Some of his notable songs include “Like a Pimp” with Stunna 4 Vegas, “Rumors”, “Ride 4 Me” with Jackboy and “61st to 64th”.
Who is Lil Durk?
Lil Durk, whose real name is Durk Derrick Banks, was born on October 19, 1992, in Chicago, Illinois. He also grew up on the South Side of Chicago, in the Englewood neighborhood. He started rapping at the age of 16 and joined the Black Disciples gang. He was arrested several times on charges such as weapon possession and attempted murder. He rose to fame with his mixtapes I’m a Hitta, Life Ain’t No Joke and Signed to the Streets. He signed with Def Jam Recordings in 2012 and later with Alamo Records and Interscope Records.
He is one of the most successful and influential rappers in the Chicago drill scene, blending street rap with melodic hooks and emotional lyrics. He has collaborated with artists such as Drake, Future, Meek Mill, Young Thug and King Von. Some of his popular songs include “Laugh Now Cry Later” with Drake, “Backdoor”, “3 Headed Goat” with Polo G and Lil Baby and “Stay Down” with 6lack and Young Thug. He has released several albums such as Remember My Name, Lil Durk 2X, Love Songs 4 the Streets 2 and The Voice.
What is their song “F*** My Cousin” about?
Lil Zay Osama and Lil Durk released a song titled “F*** My Cousin” as part of Lil Zay Osama’s mixtape Trench Baby 3 on March 14, 2022. The song is not about them being actual cousins or having an incestuous relationship. Rather, it is a slang term that means they are close friends who share similar experiences and backgrounds. The song is a hard-hitting drill anthem that showcases their loyalty to each other and their disdain for their enemies.
The song is a remix of Lil Zay Osama’s original version of “F*** My Cousin”, which was released on February 19, 2021. The remix features a new verse from Lil Durk, who adds his signature aggressive flow and witty wordplay to the track. The song has over 3 million views on YouTube and over 5 million streams on Spotify as of October 2, 2022.
How did they become friends?
Lil Zay Osama and Lil Durk have known each other for a long time, as they both come from the same city and rap scene. They have mutual respect and admiration for each other’s music and hustle. They have also supported each other through their personal struggles and losses.
In an interview with Complex in February 2021, Lil Zay Osama revealed that Lil Durk was one of his inspirations and mentors in the industry. He said:
> “Durk always been my big brother since I came home from jail…He always been there for me when I needed him…He always gave me advice…He always told me what I need to do to get to where I need to be. He always told me to stay focused and stay out the way.”
Lil Durk also showed his love and appreciation for Lil Zay Osama on social media. On February 19, 2021, he posted a picture of them together on Instagram and wrote:
> “I love you lil bro @lilzayosama63 keep going crazy you got the streets on fire #trenchbaby out now.”
Lil Zay Osama and Lil Durk are not related by blood, but they are related by music and friendship. They have a strong bond that stems from their shared experiences and challenges as rappers from Chicago. Their song “F*** My Cousin” is a testament to their loyalty and camaraderie, as well as their skills and talent.