The Come Up: Lil Herb
On Growing Up In Chicago:
Lil Herb:We from 79th and Essex “Roc Block” named after my brother Roc (RIP). That’s where we all grew up. The neighborhood really called Terror Town, but we roc block 79th and Essex N.L.M.B. Never Leave My Brothers. We just rap about what is going on out here and where we from. What you hear in our rap is really what’s going on. We just explaining what we looking at. Everyday.
I’m in the neighborhood right now. Everyday is story, everyday is life or death in this war zone. It made me who I am. The way I rap. The way I do everything. Everything about me.
I like that I got a good fanbase. I appreciate all my fans. I tried to gain my fans on Twitter or Instagram and all that. As far as being known and everything, I just stay humble with it. I like what I do, I rap about everyday and I write what I know so it won’t never get old to me. So, I just keep working and stay humble so I can become a celebrity. I hope. [Laughs]
All my friends support me, everybody behind me and what I got going on. Me and Bibby. We all got the same friends in the same place. That’s our homies. Almost 10 years, you know? We got a good support system, everybody behind me. Of course people are gon’ hate but inside our circle they won’t feel it.
On How He Got Into Rapping:
I been around [rap] because my uncle passed away. He’s real big in music. I just was around it. I started rapping for real after when I was growing up. My mans Bibby he used to be playing around with it. Me and him, messed around and started doing it over the phone. We really started taking it serious probably around 2010, 2011. Something like that. We really started taking it seriously. Started over the phone and then we started going to the studio with my homie DJ Kenn. Really, it started from there. We started recording. Bibby just dropped his first mixtape. I haven’t dropped mine, my tape. We are just recording, doing the videos, the YouTube. That’s how we created our buzz and our fanbase pretty much.
His name is K-Tone. He worked with people like Twista and Traxster. People like that. Mikkey Halsted, he’s familiar with who my Uncle was. He passed away when he was like 13. Being around him, [watching him play] like keyboards and stuff. I don’t really know how to work it, I just sitting around and [watched him.] I was just a big fan of hip-hop, where I am from, growing up. Just listening to hip-hop. I spent a lot of summers with [my uncle] growing up.
On Meeting Lil Bibby:
We from the same neighborhood. We met way, way before rap. Just growing up, homies. We used to play basketball together. Grew up in the neighborhood, we was always just been friends and we did this rap. We just started getting into rap and it started taking off quick. We started buzzing so we just kept on doing and pushing. I can’t even remember we’ve been friends for so long. [We’re] pushing everything together. I’m really just pushing my mixtape, Welcome To Fazoland, that’s the name of my tape.
“Kill Shit” was the song that really just buzzed us. It got almost five million views now on YouTube. It just really pushed us. We didn’t think it was gonna do what it do. That’s around the same time we was playing around. It was probably our third video or something like that. It’s really just [the place]. It ain’t about the visuals or nothing. I think people just mess with it hard because of lyrics.
Me and Bibby took it serious around the same time. After my homie Fazon died and we lost a couple of our homies, we just started rapping. I really just rap about what I am living in, my lifestyle, everyday. What I grew up around. When my mixtape drop, it’s really going to give you an inside look of Chicago and what is going on out here.
At the end of the day, we solo artists. Separate artists, but we homies at the end of the day. I know a lot of our fans when we rap together. We ain’t gonna stop doing shit like that. We still gonna drop a tape together after we drop our separate mixtapes. We really just going off our own buzz right now. He dropped his tape, he doing what he doing. And now, my fans or a lot of both our fans waiting on my tape.