By: Shirley Ju (@shirju)
G Herbo is here to put on for his city of Chicago.
Growing up on the East Side, one of the city’s most poverty-stricken neighborhoods, Herbert Wright III not only turned to music as an outlet for his own struggles, but on behalf of the youth as a whole.
In a recent shocking outburst of violence, over 40 people were shot in Chi-Town in one weekend.
AllHipHop caught up with G Herbo in Los Angeles to ask his thoughts on the root of the violence.
“The root is no guidance, no leadership, and really no opportunities for people," G Herbo stated. “I feel like it's so violent there because the kids really don't have any guidance, nobody to really push them to do better. Or they’re not in the environment to do better for themselves. They don't have ways to take care of their family or themselves, or even be what they really want to be in life. They don't really have anything positive set up for them, so it forces them to negativity.”
The 22-year-old recently unleashed "Swervo," which is arguably one of the best projects in his seven-year lifespan rapping.
"Swervo" serves as a collaborative effort with one of hip-hop’s most well-respected producers, Southside.
The 14-track project features guest appearances from 21 Savage, Chief Keef, Young Thug, and Juice WLRD.
Swervo features a standout record called “Letter,” which he dedicates to his son. As for fatherhood, his four-month-old son teaches him one thing: patience.
“You got to be patient and consistent, and you got to be understanding. He can't talk or nothing like that, so you have to take your time and try to nurture him. Just be there.”
On another song, “Pac N Dre,” G Herbo rhymes openly about doing percs.
“The thing with me is I’ve always been an understander of what I was always into, G Herbo told AllHipHop. “Everything that was going on in my life and everything that I was a part of. I'm saying that to say when I did percs and lean and all of that, I understood the effects and side effects of it. I knew you could overdose and die from it. We have our certain demons that we’re fighting and the reasons why we do drugs and stuff like that, so I am more aware of course, and I know that it’s possible.”
G Herbo reminds us there’s no "typical user" that comes with somebody who does percs or any other drugs.
“Everybody's body is different. You could do it more and probably be cool, somebody could do less than you and then they overdose," G Herbo said."
"You can't really judge by all that stuff. If you going to still be doing whatever you're doing, all you can do is try to stay healthy, as healthy as you can on top of it. Drink water, eat right, etc. But long live my boy Fredo, that’s my brother.”