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Chicago’s Loudest Kept Secret: G-Herbo

Chicago rapper G Herbo , formerly known as “Lil Herb” has been bumping in many headsets lately ; especially in New York City. Born in Chicago, illinois, he gained his first audience from his popular single with close friend Lil Bibby “kill shit” ; which later caught the attention of Drake and well known female rapper, Nicki Minaj who remixed it to “Chiraq”. He may not have been the originator of drill music but he is certainly paving the way for many chicago artist we hear today.

However, even with some of his contribution to “drill music” , according to his recent interview with HotNewHipHop, Herb made it very clear he is way more than just another Chicago rapper, he is also an influencer. He describes himself as being a “real lyricist” and being far from the “drill music” category, which is what he says separates him from the other drill rappers, he certainly does not want to limit himself from working with other chicago artist such as Kanye and also Chance the Rapper who he is currently working on a project with now.

His current singles H to the izzo (freestyle) ,and Bottom of the Bottoms have certainly caught my attention and many other young men from New York City, both singles highly promote his talent as a lyricist and his incredible versatility, and most importantly his awareness of the harsh and unfair “white supremacy” of a world we colored people suffer from in America. In the video for Bottom of the Bottoms he compares the history of white people’s hatred acts (such as lynching) towards African Americans, to the current injustice behavior minorities are being faced with today ( such as being sentenced hard time for something as petty as a bag of weed).

Growing up in the hood of Chicago Herb was unknowingly cast into the trap lifestyle. This involved being in a gang, selling drugs, and living in a life threatening environment forcing him to always have a firearm by his side. He was sad to admit that his dangerous lifestyle and emerging “beef” with rival gang members put a stop to his education. He admits it was no longer safe for him to attend school with people who wanted to end his life. With such a relateable upbringing, especially for a lot of young African American men growing up in the hood of New York City and other parts of America; there is no doubt that Herb is doing his part in making a difference in today’s society. Focusing mainly in his hometown Chicago, which is highly known for its enormous rate of violence and shoot-outs amongst young black teens, with such low positive influences in Chicago he hopes through his music to be one of the key triggers that helps more people come together rather than having unnecessary hatred towards one another, not just in his hometown but across America. He believes the lack of positive influence and lack of education in young men’s lives, has a huge negative impact on their future.

With that being said , you can see why this talented young man has grabbed our attention. Yes! We love the Young Thugs and Chief Keef’s of the world, but it is not on every radio station or music video you will hear an artist with the right amount of “swag” in their music that you can get dress to in the morning, and also a positive message that might make a young man in the hood think twice about his “thuggish” lifestyle.

 

-Kira Lind

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