Lil Herb/G Herbo
Lil Herb (born Herbert Wright), or G Herbo is an American rap music artist from Chicago, Illinois. featuring His third mixtape, Welcome To Fazoland, was met with critical acclaim. He has collaborated with major artists like Nicki Minaj, Chance The Rapper, and Common. On September 3, 2015 he signed a deal with Cinematic Music Group whilst officially changing his name to G Herbo. His latest project, Ballin’ Like I’m Kobe was released on September 29, 2015. Lil Herb (G Herbo) grew up in Terror Town, a neighborhood within East Side, Chicago known for its high levels of violence and gang activity. He was influenced by artists such as Young Jeezy, Gucci Mane, Yo Gotti, Meek Mill, Lil Wayne, and Nas. He is close friends with fellow rapper Lil Bibby, with whom he has collaborated on numerous songs.
Lil Herb and Lil Bibby first gained attention with the song “Kill Shit,” which has since been viewed over 10 million times on YouTube. Lil Herb and Lil Bibby gained broader attention within the hip-hop community when the rapper Drake tweeted that they were “the future”.
Herb’s first mixtape Road to Fazoland, was released on September 11, 2012. His second mixtape, Road 2 Riches, was released on May 22, 2013. His third mixtape, Welcome To Fazoland, was released on February 17, 2014. The mixtape features guest appearances from King L, Lil Durk, Lil Reese, Lil Bibby. It currently has over 300,000 downloads on Datpiff.
Welcome to Fazoland was met with broad critical acclaim. Complex magazine praised Herb’s “dexterous” rapping style as well as the mixtape’s “Titanic drill beats” and “contemporary vitality.” BET awarded the mixtape four out of five stars, lauding the mixtape’s use of “heavy bass, rapid fire snare and the occasional synth to accompany [Herb’s] stories of paranoia, drug dealing and constant danger that tend to consume his psyche,” while also commenting that Lil Herb, like other Drill artists, has helped “to do for his city what N.W.A did for Compton in the ’80s: bringing awareness to what life is like in a city that has spent recent years as one of America’s most dangerous places to live.” The Chicago Reader described Lil Herb as “a fierce, gifted rapper who captures all the intensity, hostility, and emotion of a particular moment in just a few lines, and [who] can do it with such speed that by the time you’ve unpacked what Herb’s said, he’s already moved onto the next few grim portraits of his environment.”
XXL magazine gave the mixtape an L (3/5), saying “Herb does a solid job of taking drill music and adding his own twist to it through his variation of soul-inspired production on the tape and lyrical approach,” while also praising the mixtape’s “vivid imagery and creativity” and calling it “a vicious curveball.” The Fader commented that, “since drill rose to prominence a few years ago, lyrical bankruptcy has remained one of its most common critiques; Herb’s way with words defies the stereotype.” Welcome to Fazoland is named in honor of Fazon Robinson, one of the first of Herb’s friends to be killed by gun violence in Chicago.
In April 2014, Herb did a collaboration with Nicki Minaj. He contributed Common‘s “The Neighborhood” on his album, Nobody’s Smiling. Herb was also selected for XXL’s Show & Prove segment of the 2014 Freshman Class issue. Herb has recently recorded “Fight or Flight (Remix)” with Chance The Rapper and Common.
BioGiven Name: Herbert Wright
AKA: Lil Herb, G Herbo
DOB: October 8, 1995
Label: Cinematic Music Group