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OTF Nunu Dead: Rapper, Cousin of Lil Durk, Fatally Shot

By Josh McGhee | June 1, 2014 10:26am | Updated on June 2, 2014 8:35am
 McArthur Swindle, aka rapper OTF Nunu, left, is seen with his cousin Lil Durk, right.
McArthur Swindle, aka rapper OTF Nunu, left, is seen with his cousin Lil Durk, right.
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CHICAGO — A 21-year-old man fatally shot in Chatham Saturday afternoon has been identified as McArthur Swindle, a rapper who performs as OTF Nunu, and the cousin of prominent Chicago rap star Lil Durk.

Around 3:20 p.m. Saturday, Swindle was seated in an SUV in a parking lot in the 700 block of East 87th Street when someone approached on foot and fired shots. Swindle then crashed the SUV into a nearby storefront window, said Officer Amina Greer, a police spokeswoman.

Swindle, of the 7200 block of South Halsted Avenue in Englewood, was pronounced dead at the scene at 3:25 p.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.

No one is in custody for the shooting, which appears to be gang-related, Greer said.

Swindle, who goes by the rap moniker OTF Nunu, is a cousin of Lil Durk, a prominent Chicago rapper signed to Def Jam records, confirmed Merk Murphy, who runs a studio in Chicago that the artist was recording new music at. Murphy said, he was working with family to make funeral arrangements for Swindle Sunday morning.

OTF Nunu was scheduled to release a mixtape called "Nuski Got Da Strap" this summer. "OTF" is an acronym meaning "only the family," and is commonly used by Lil Durk and other Chicago rappers.

Durk was silent on social media following the shooting but tweeted a link to "OC," a video featuring him and OTF Nunu hours before the shooting.

Young Chop, a producer famous for making "drill" beats for Chicago artists such as Lil Durk and Chief Keef, tweeted he was on his way to see the artist after the shooting.

"Just seeing him r.i.p. lil bro," YoungChopbeatz posted to Twitter and instagram Saturday afternoon.

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy has repeatedly linked Chicago's rap scene with crime in the city using the 18-year-old Interscope signee Chief Keef as the poster child. Chief Keef, whose real name is Keith Cozart has been in and out jail for the last year after pointing a gun at an officer, getting caught driving 110 mph on the Edens Expy., and failing drug tests.

When another rapper, Lil Jojo, whose real name was Joseph Coleman, 18, was gunned down in September 2012, Chief Keef - later claiming he'd been hacked - tweeted disparaging remarks towards the slain rapper. Lil Jojo was reportedly affiliated with the Brick Squad faction of the Gangster Disciples, which was feuding with the Black Disciples and its Lamron faction, to which Chief Keef reportedly belongs.

In April, Mario Hess, 30, a cousin of Chief Keef and a budding rap star who went by the moniker Big Glo, was killed in West Englewood after signing a contract with Interscope Records. LA' Capone, a rapper and friend of Lil Durk, was gunned down in September outside of a studio in the South Shore neighborhood.

Two other Durk associates, Clint Massey, who raps under the name RondoNumbaNine, and Courtney Ealy, aka Cdai, were charged in March for the shooting death of a livery driver.