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Herbert Randall Wright III (born October 8, 1995),[1][2] better known by his stage name G Herbo, (formerly Lil Herb) is an American rapper and songwriter from Chicago, Illinois.

G Herbo
G Herbo portrait.jpg
Wright in 2018
Background information
Birth nameHerbert Randall Wright III
Also known as
  • Lil Herb
  • Swervo
Born (1995-10-08) October 8, 1995 (age 24)
OriginChicago, Illinois, United States
GenresHip hop
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2012–present
LabelsMachine Entertainment Group, Cinematic, Epic, 150 Dream Team, RED, 808 Mafia
Associated acts
Websitegherbo.com

Herbo is signed to Machine Entertainment Group. He has released the mixtapes Welcome to Fazoland (2014), Pistol P Project (2014), Ballin Like I'm Kobe (2015), and Strictly 4 My Fans (2016). His studio albums are his debut Humble Beast (2017) and with Southside of 808 Mafia, Swervo (2018), his first major release through Epic Records.

Early lifeEdit

Wright grew up in Chicago. He dropped out of school when he was 16.[3] He was influenced by Meek Mill, Jeezy, Gucci Mane, Yo Gotti and Lil Wayne.[4] He is close friends 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 careerEdit

2012–2014: Career beginnings and Welcome to FazolandEdit

G Herbo and Lil Bibby first gained attention with the song "Kill Shit", which has since been viewed over 15 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]

Herbo'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 Herbo'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, Herbo collaborated with East Coast rapper 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] Herbo also recorded "Fight or Flight (Remix)" with Chance The Rapper and Common.[18]

2014–2016: Pistol P Project and Ballin Like I'm KobeEdit

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

On April 2, 2015, Herbo 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, Herbo 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 Herbo.[22]

On August 4, 2015, Herbo 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 Wright 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, Herbo released a collaborative single, titled "Lord Knows", with New York rapper Joey Badass.[26][27]

2016–2018: Humble Beast and Strictly 4 My Fans / Welcome to Fazoland 1.5Edit

In an interview at SXSW on April 4, 2016, Herbo announced his debut albums' 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". Herbo also dropped the single "Yeah I Know" in March 2016. Herbo also released a fourth single "Ain't Nothing to Me", with a music video being released on October 10, 2016. Herbo 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 Herbo and Lil Bibby have a collaborative project, No Limitation, in the works. On March 17, 2017, Herbo 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] Later that month, on September 22, 2017, Humble Beast was released. Herbo later drops a deluxe edition of the album Humble Beast with more songs in 2018.

2018 - present: Swervo and Still SwervinEdit

On March 16, 2018, Herbo went on radio station K104 in Dallas, Texas, and did a freestyle to the beat used in the song "Who Run It".[34] Six days later, the full remix was released on all music platforms. The freestyle caught so much attention, later the rapper Lil Uzi Vert eventually featured on his own remix to "Who Run It". Before this collaboration happened, Herbo released the single "Shook"[35]. This song appeared on the deluxe edition to his album Humble Beast, which was released in 2018. Throughout the year, he released a couple of other singles titled "Focused"[36] and "Swervo"[37]. On July 27, 2018, Herbo released the album Swervo, which included features from rappers 21 Savage, Chief Keef, Young Thug, and Juice WRLD. This album included the singles "Swervo", "Focused", and "Who Run It", but not the remix featuring Lil Uzi Vert. This album was entirely produced by Southside. They had worked together before but never on a full album. On December 14, 2018, Vic Mensa released his album titled HOOLIGANS.[38] Herbo was featured on the song "Rowdy"[39]. In early 2019, the single "Up It"[40] was released, this appeared on his second album entirely produced by Southside titled Still Swervin, which was released on February 1, 2019.

Legal issuesEdit

In February 2018, Wright and two other men were arrested after their limousine driver informed police that some of his passengers had weapons.[41] Wright 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.[41] None of the three had firearm owner’s identification cards, and all three were charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.[41]

Wright was arrested in Atlanta on April 19, 2019 for simple battery after an alleged physical altercation with the mother of his child, Ariana Fletcher, also known as Ari. Fletcher shared her story on Instagram on Thursday, April 18th stating “He kicked my door down to get in my house because I wouldn’t let him in, beat the f**k out of me in front of my son. Then he took my son outside to his friends and had them drive off with my son, hid all my knifes in my house, broke my phone and locked me inside and beat the f**out of me again…” She stated there were physical signs of abuse as well, such as a black eye, and scrapes, cuts and bruises all over her body.

Wright was released one week later on $2,000 bail.[42][43] Upon his release, the Chicago rapper took to Instagram Live to discuss the altercation with Fletcher. In the video session, Herbo states that Fletcher had stolen jewelry from his mother’s house. Specifically he stated, “I've been quiet all this time. I ain't do no insurance claim or try to get you locked up. Nothing. You told me to come to Atlanta to get the jewelry back."

CharityEdit

Wright is contributing to the redevelopment of Anthony Overton Elementary School. In this building, Wright’s goal is to include equipment that could potentially help young people who want to become musicians. He is also looking to include free programs and sports to keep youngsters busy so they are not involved in street life.[44]

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

List of studio albums, with year released
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[45]
Humble Beast 21
Swervo
  • Released: July 27, 2018
  • Labels: Machine, Epic, Cinematic, 150 Dream Team, 808 Mafia
  • Format: Digital download
15
Still Swervin[46]
  • Released: February 1, 2019
  • Labels: Machine, Epic, Cinematic, 150 Dream Team, 808 Mafia
  • Format: Digital download
41

MixtapesEdit

List of mixtapes, with selected chart positions
Title Details Peak chart positions
US Heat
[47]
Welcome to Fazoland
  • Released: February 17, 2014
  • Label: Machine, N.L.M.B.
  • Format: Digital download
Pistol P Project
  • Released: December 26, 2014
  • Label: Machine, 150 Dream Team
  • Format: Digital download
Ballin Like I'm Kobe
  • Released: September 29, 2015
  • Label: Machine, 150 Dream Team, Cinematic
  • Format: Digital download
Strictly 4 My Fans
  • Released: November 24, 2016
  • Label: Machine, 150 Dream Team
  • Format: Digital download
8
No Limitations[48]
(with Lil Bibby)
To be released
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

EPsEdit

List of extended plays, with selected details
Title Album details
Welcome to Fazoland 1.5
  • Released: March 17, 2017
  • Label: Machine
  • Format: Digital download
Strictly 4 My Fans 2: Road to Humble Beast
  • Released: September 17, 2017
  • Label: Machine
  • Format: Digital download

SinglesEdit

As lead artistEdit

List of singles as lead artist, showing year released and album name
Title Year Album
"Lord Knows"[49]
(featuring Joey Badass)
2015 Non-album singles
"Get 2 Bussin"[50]
(featuring Lil Bibby)
"Take Me Away"[51] 2016
"Red Snow"[52] 2017 Humble Beast
"Retro Flow"[53] Non-album singles
"Back On Tour"[54]
"Yeah I Know"[54]
"I Like"[55] Humble Beast
"Legend"[56] Non-album single
"Everything"[57]
(featuring Lil Uzi Vert)
Humble Beast
"Story Telling (Bless the Booth)"[58] Non-album singles
"Who Run It (Remix)"[59]
(featuring Lil Uzi Vert)
2018
"Who Run It (Remix)"[60]
(with Southside)
Swervo
"Focused"[61]
(with Southside)
"Swervo"[62]
(with Southside)
"Bon Appétit"[63]
(featuring Z-Money and Key Glock)
Non-album single
"Some Nights"[64]
(with Southside)
Swervo

As featured artistEdit

List of singles as featured artist, showing year released and album name
Title Year Album
"Money and Nem"[65]
(Ceetheworld featuring G Herbo)
2014 Non-album singles
"Noone or Nothing"[66]
(Goodbye Tomorrow featuring G Herbo)
2015
"Right & Wrong"[67]
(Christaun featuring G Herbo)
"Who Knew"[68]
(Turnpikerap featuring G Herbo)
2016
"59 to 79"[69]
(Philthy Rich featuring G Herbo)
Hood Rich 4
"Heaven"[70]
(Logan featuring G Herbo and Tuge)
Non-album singles
"They Ain't Know"[71]
(JayKieff featuring G Herbo)
"Lay Me Down"[72]
(Travis Marsh featuring G Herbo)
2017
"Nonsense"[73]
(Ceosonson featuring G Herbo)
"Just So You Know"[74]
(Rare Jamz featuring Pop and G Herbo)
"10 Limit"[75]
(O.P. featuring G Herbo)
"Pull Up"[76]
(King Deazel featuring G Herbo)
"Moneyman"[77]
(TGUT feat. Hoodrich Pablo Juan, G Herbo, and Tee Grizzley)
2018
"Lookahere"[78]
(Bo Deal featuring Waka Flocka and G Herbo)
Good Side Bad Side Pt. 2

Guest appearancesEdit

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 Non-album single
"Game Over" Lil Bibby Free Crack 2
"Finer Things" Young Chop Still
"Knucklehead" Earl Sweatshirt Non-album single
"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 Non-album single

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