Assembled loosely around Chicago rapper Lil Durk's label of the same name, Only the Family collected artists from Chicago's drill scene into a roster that has shifted over the years.
The label began releasing mixtapes in the early 2010s, coagulating into more of a group with the powerful interplay of collections like 2018's Only the Family Involved Volumes 1 & 2 and 2019's Family Over Everything.
Lil Durk began Only the Family records as a proving ground for talented rappers and vocalists he was associated with. Originally the label acted as a home for Durk's own mixtapes as well as work from signees like Lil Reese and Tee Grizzley. With 2018's two-volume series Only the Family Involved, Only the Family took on more of a classic rap posse feel. Lil Durk remained in the center of the project, but his melodic, partially sung raps were filled out with street-minded lyrics from King Von, YFN Lucci, Doodie Lo, OTF Ikey, and others. In December 2019, a somewhat different iteration of OTF returned with the mixtape Family Over Everything, which spent time in the Billboard charts. ~ Fred Thomas, Rovi