Another rapper booked
G Herbo was arrested in his hometown of Chicago after a traffic stop in the South Loop led to police finding loaded weapons in the car. According to Chicago Police, Herbo and two other men were booked following a stop on Thursday night.
According to the city’s Fox affiliate, G Herbo and the two men were all charged with one felony count each of aggravated unlawful use of a loaded weapon in a vehicle without a FOID card. They are expected to appear in bond court today.
After several years of building buzz, G Herbo finally dropped his debut album Humble Beast last fall. And he recently re-released the album as a sprawling 27-song deluxe edition that included features from a number of stars including Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Bibby, Lil Durk, and Chance The Rapper.
With all those big names behind him, it’s easy to see that things were looking up for the young rapper. He even has a baby on the way, news that he shared to Instagram late last year.
“MY BABY HAVING MY BABY,” he wrote. “YOU KNOW WHEN LIFE BE REAL & YOU BE REALLY LOST FOR WORDS SO A CAPTION BE THE LAST THING YOU TRYNA FIGURE OUT… S**T IS REAL!!! I LOVE YOU.”
On the Way
That Herbo is on an upswing is undeniable to anyone who listened to his string of mixtapes or his official debut. He’s been moving away from the drill movement that helped put him on into a more lyrically considerate style with a longer shelf life.
All that being said, he still has a soft spot for his breakout tape.
“The reason I say [“Welcome to Fazoland” is] my favorite is because it came out so good, and I ain’t even give a f**k about rap when I made that s**t,” Herbo told VIBE. “I ain’t even care. I cared about rap, I wanted to rap, but I was in the streets. I was missing studio sessions, missing everything, high off drink, risking my life every day while I’m recording this s**t. My homies getting killed, I’m coming to the studio the next day recording songs.”
However, that changed in the run-up to Beast. Herbo said that he’s progressing as an artist and began to release tracks that fans could sink their teeth into. As Herbo tells it, he’s endlessly committed to making sure his fans leave satisfied.
“When people see me, I want to leave them with something. I’ve been out here in New York on some late-night s**t at three, four in the morning in Times Square, talking to people for 40 minutes because they asking me questions,” Herbo said
Still, Herbo can’t escape the gloom and macabre aspects of drill entirely. It’s a big part of who he is and how he was raised. It’s followed him onto his newer projects in tracks like “Red Snow.”
“It shaped me as a man and an artist, just losing people and watching people die right in front of my face,” he told Billboard around the release of the original Beast. “It does a lot to you and it made me think differently; it makes you aware of your surroundings. It makes you numb to pain — heartless, unsympathetic — and it’s not good to think like that. It makes you immune to violence, it makes you want to be violent. Unless you have business in Chicago, it’s really not a place you want to be.”
Herbo added that he’s not glamorizing the violence of his hometown. He just believes that you have to say the devil’s name to shun him.
“I believe you have to speak on a situation in order to fix it. I am from the streets, I am the streets, I am everything that comes with the streets,” he said. He continued:
“I’m talking this way to try to convert you from that to this or to live a different way, be in the streets to get out the streets. I ain’t never think I was gonna be anything but a street n**ga. So for me to be able to think differently, and use my brain on a level I never even thought I could — especially at such a young age — and know that I’m still learning and progressing is a blessing.”
Unfortunately, it seems like that need to be vigilant and bring a bit of the streets with him has landed him in jail. What do you think? Are you sad to see another young rapper locked up? Sound off in the comments and be sure to SHARE this article.