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Lil Herb
G Herbo
Herbert Wright III
  • G Herbo
  • Lil Herb
Born (1995-10-08) October 8, 1995 (age 22)-
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Genres
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
Instruments Vocals
2011-present
Labels
Website gherbo.com

Herbert Wright III (born October 8, 1995),[1] better known by his stage name G Herbo (formerly known as Lil Herb) is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter from Chicago, Illinois. Herb released his debut mixtape, Welcome to Fazoland, to critical acclaim in February 2013, followed by a second mixtape Pistol P Project in December 2014. In September 2015, Herb signed a deal with Cinematic Music Group, under the division of Sony Music.[2] His third mixtape, Ballin Like I'm Kobe, was released on September 29, 2015. Herb's fourth mixtape, Strictly 4 My Fans, was released on November 24, 2016. His debut studio album Humble Beast was officially released on September 22, 2017.

Early life

Wright grew up in South Shore, a neighborhood on Chicago's Far Southeast Side. He graduated from Hyde Park Academy High School.[3] He was influenced by artists such as Jadakiss, Young Jeezy, Gucci Mane, Yo Gotti, Chief Keef, Lil Wayne.[4] He is cousins with fellow rapper Lil Bibby, with whom he has collaborated on numerous songs. Both artists are associated with the family N.L.M.B., which was originally formed from the merger of No Limit, a renegade faction of the Almighty Black P. Stone Nation, and the Muskegon Boyz, a renegade faction of the Gangster Disciples, although the initials N.L.M.B. are also currently used by the gang to signify "Never Leave My Brothers," and "No Limit Muskegon Boys." Lil Herb, however, has stated that N.L.M.B. is a "brotherhood" rather than a gang.[5][6][7]

Music career

2012-14: Career Beginnings and Welcome to Fazoland

Lil Herb and Lil Bibby first gained attention with the song "Kill Shit," which has since been viewed over 31 million times on YouTube.[8] Lil Herb and Lil Bibby gained broader attention within the hip-hop community when Canadian rapper Drake called them "the future."[9]

Herb's first mixtape, Welcome to Fazoland, was released on February 17, 2014.[10] The mixtape is named in honor of Fazon Robinson, one of the first of Herb's friends to be killed by gun violence in Chicago.[11][12]Welcome to Fazoland was met with broad critical acclaim, with Fader commenting 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."[13]

In April 2014, Herb collaborated with Nicki Minaj on "Chiraq."[14][15][16] He contributed to Common's "The Neighborhood" on his album, Nobody's Smiling. Herb was selected for XXL's Show & Prove segment of the 2014 Freshman Class issue.[17] Herb also recorded "Fight or Flight (Remix)" with Chance The Rapper and Common.[18]

2014-2016: Pistol P Project and Ballin Like I'm Kobe

On December 26, 2014, Herb released the surprise mixtape Pistol P Project, his second project of 2014.

On April 2, 2015, Herb guest featured on Chief Keef's "Faneto (Remix)" with fellow Chicago rappers King Louie, Lil Bibby.[19]

On June 9, 2015, after being omitted from the 2015 XXL Freshman Cover, Herb released a single titled "XXL."[20] In response, XXL gave compliments to the rapper, saying he "switches between different flows effortlessly."[21] On June 13, 2016, XXL announced the 2016 Freshman Class, which includes Herb.[22]

On August 4, 2015, Lil Herb announced his third mixtape, Ballin Like I'm Kobe, named in honor of his fallen friend Jacobi D. Herring.[23] On September 3, 2015, it was announced that Lil Herb had signed with Cinematic Music Group and had officially changed his rap moniker to G Herbo.[24] On September 27, 2015, Herb announced that Ballin Like I'm Kobe would be released on September 29, 2015.[25] On September 29, 2015, the mixtape was released to widespread critical acclaim.

On November 11, 2015, Herb released a collaborative single, titled "Lord Knows," with New York rapper Joey Bada$$.[26][27]

2016-present: Humble Beast and Strictly 4 My Fans // Welcome To Fazoland 1.5

In an interview at SXSW on April 4, 2016, Herb announced his debut album's title, Humble Beast, stating that "You can definitely expect an album in 2016."[28] In mid 2016, he released two singles, "Pull Up" and "Drop." Herb also dropped the single "Yeah I Know" in March 2016. Herb also released a fourth single "Ain't Nothing to Me," with a music video being released on October 10, 2016. Herb was featured on DJ Twin's song "They Know Us" with Sean Kingston and Lil Bibby. On November 17, 2016, Herb released the album art, release date, and track list for his fourth mixtape, Strictly 4 My Fans.[29] On the same day, he released the second single from the mixtape, "Strictly 4 My Fans (Intro)". It was also revealed that Herb and Lil Bibby have a collaborative project, No Limitation, in the works. On March 17, 2017, Herb released Welcome To Fazoland 1.5, containing unreleased songs from Welcome To Fazoland. The single "Yea I Know", was released in March 2016. Three singles has been released for Humble Beast. The lead single, "Red Snow", was released on March 9, 2017.[30] The second single, "I Like", was released on August 11, 2017.[31] The third and final single "Everything", was released on August 25, 2017.[32] "4 Minutes of Hell, Pt. 5" was released as a pre-order single on September 1, 2017.[33]

Legal issues

In February 2018 G Herbo and two other men were arrested after their limousine driver informed police that some of his passengers had weapons.[34] G Herbo was observed in the rear driver-side passenger seat placing a handgun in the seat rear pocket; it was a Fabrique National loaded with rounds designed to penetrate body armor.[34] None of the three had firearm owner's identification cards, and all three were charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.[34]

Discography

Studio albums

Mixtapes

EP's

  • Welcome to Fazoland 1.5 (2017)
  • Strictly 4 My Fans 2 - Road To Humble Beast (2017)

Singles

As lead artist

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
US R&B
US Rap
"No Limit" 2015 -- -- -- Ballin Like I'm Kobe
"L's" -- -- --
"Ain't Right" (feat. "Lil Durk") -- -- --
"Pull Up" 2016 -- -- -- Strictly 4 My Fans
"Strictly 4 My Fans (Intro)" -- -- --
"Red Snow" 2017 -- -- -- Humble Beast
"I Like" -- -- --
"Everything"
(featuring Lil Uzi Vert)
-- -- --
"Who Run It (Remix)"
(with Southside featuring Lil Uzi Vert)
2018 -- -- -- Non-album single
"--" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.

Guest appearances

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Artist(s) Album
"Know Somethin'" 2013 Lil Bibby Free Crack
"Shout Out" Lil Bibby, King L
"The Neighborhood" 2014 Common, Cocaine 80s Nobody's Smiling
"Chiraq" Nicki Minaj N/A
"Game Over" Lil Bibby Free Crack 2
"Finer Things" Young Chop Still
"Knucklehead" Earl Sweatshirt 20before15
"Ain't Heard Nuthin Bout You" 2015 Lil Bibby Free Crack 3
"Up Next 3" 2016 Lil Yachty Summer Songs 2
"They Know Us" DJ Twin, Lil Bibby, Sean Kingston Day 1
"No Hook" 2017 Dave East, Don Q Paranoia

References

  1. ^ "Happy Birthday, G Herbo!". XXL magazine. Archived from the original on October 9, 2015. Retrieved 2016. 2015 has proven to be Herb's busiest year yet. So far, the 20-year-old has signed a deal... 
  2. ^ "Lil Herb Signs Deal With Cinematic Music Group". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved 2016. 
  3. ^ Galil, Leor (January 4, 2017). "Producer Harry Fraud helps east-side rapper G Herbo burn brighter on 'Don't Forget It'". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 2017. 
  4. ^ "The Break Presents: Lil Herb". Xxlmag.com. Retrieved 2015. 
  5. ^ "Who Is Lil Herb?". Complex. Retrieved 2014. 
  6. ^ "The Come Up". XXL magazine. Retrieved 2014. 
  7. ^ "Lil Herb Interview". The Source. Retrieved 2014. 
  8. ^ "The Come Up: Lil Herb". XXL magazine. Retrieved 2015. 
  9. ^ "Lil Bibby Says Drake Scared Him". XXL magazine. Retrieved 2016. 
  10. ^ "Welcome To Fazoland". DatPiff. Retrieved 2014. 
  11. ^ "GEN F: Lil Herb Expands Drill from the Inside". The Fader. Archived from the original on September 3, 2014. Retrieved 2014. 
  12. ^ "4 Men, Boy Shot During Memorial Service". Chicago.cbslocal.com. Retrieved 2015. 
  13. ^ "GEN F: Lil Herb Expands Drill from the Inside". The Fader. Archived from the original on September 3, 2014. Retrieved 2014. 
  14. ^ "Chicago's Lil Herb a key voice in Nicki Minaj's latest song: Chiraq". Voices. Retrieved 2015. 
  15. ^ "Lil Herb & Nicki Minaj Chiraq". Complex. Retrieved 2014. 
  16. ^ Ben Travis. "Nicki Minaj - Chi-Raq: New Music". the Guardian. Retrieved 2015. 
  17. ^ "Vince Staples, Lil Herb And K Camp Show & Prove For The XXL Freshmen 2014 Issue". XXL. Retrieved 2015. 
  18. ^ "Fight Or Flight Remix". MTV. Retrieved 2014. 
  19. ^ "Chief Keef, Lil Bibby, Lil Herb, King Louie & Lil Durk's "Faneto" Remix Presented by DJ Pharris [LISTEN]". MusicTimes. Retrieved 2015. 
  20. ^ "Lil Herb Puts Himself On XXL's Freshman List". Vibe. Retrieved 2016. 
  21. ^ "XXL releases an article on Lil Herb's single 'XXL'". XXL. Retrieved 2015. 
  22. ^ "It's Here: The 2016 XXL Freshman Class". XXL magazine. Retrieved 2016. 
  23. ^ "G Herbo pays tribute to his fallen friend on Ballin Like I'm Kobe". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 2016. 
  24. ^ "Lil Herb Changes Name, Signs to Cinematic Music Group". XXL. Retrieved 2016. 
  25. ^ "Lil Herb Gives Release Date To "Ballin' Like I'm Kobe"". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved 2016. 
  26. ^ "G Herbo - Lord Knows Feat. Joey Bada$$ (Prod. By Metro Boomin) [New Song]". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved 2016. 
  27. ^ "[WATCH] G HERBO "LORD KNOWS" FEATURING JOEY BADA$$". Retrieved 2016. 
  28. ^ "G Herbo Is "Definitely" Dropping His Debut Album In 2016". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved 2016. 
  29. ^ "G Herbo Drops 'Strictly 4 My Fans' Intro, Unveils Release Date, Cover and Tracklist". XXL. Retrieved 2016. 
  30. ^ "Red Snow - Single by G Herbo". Apple Music. Retrieved 2017. 
  31. ^ "I Like - Single by G Herbo". Apple Music. Retrieved 2017. 
  32. ^ "Everything - Single by G Herbo". Apple Music. Retrieved 2017. 
  33. ^ Weinstein, Max (September 1, 2017). "G Herbo Shares '4 Minutes of Hell, Pt. 5' & 'Humble Beast' Tracklist". XXL. Retrieved 2017. 
  34. ^ a b c Chicago rapper G Herbo, 2 others arrested with loaded guns after limousine driver tips off police Deanese Williams-Harris and Megan Crepeau, Chicago Tribune February 23, 2018
  35. ^ Kyles, Yohance (April 10, 2018). "Chance The Rapper & G Herbo Discuss Collaborating For "Everything Remix"". AllHipHop. Retrieved 2018.  Additionally, Herbo confirmed his sophomore album Swervo is on the way.
  36. ^ "Lil Herb's 'Welcome To Fazoland' (No DJ)". DatPiff. Retrieved 2014. 
  37. ^ "Lil Herb's 'Welcome To Fazoland' (with DJ)". DatPiff. Retrieved 2014. 
  38. ^ "Lil Herb's 'Pistol P Project'". DatPiff. Retrieved 2014. 
  39. ^ "Lil Herb's 'Ballin Like I'm Kobe'". DatPiff. Retrieved 2015. 
  40. ^ "G Herbo - Strictly 4 My Fans Mixtape". DatPiff. Retrieved 2016. 

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