The Come Up: Lil Herb

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On Welcome To Fazoland:

The inspiration behind the title of Welcome To Fazoland it’s an introduction of who I am as far as me breaking into my career. Who I am, where I am from. It is called Welcome To Fazoland because it’s named after my homie Fazon. He passed away in 2010. I just named my mixtape after him. [It’s] a message to him. You know, that’s what we named our hood after him. It’s really just introducing who I am in the end. We just gonna do all this for Chicago. You are gonna get a real inside look of my life in Chicago and what’s really going on in my point of view. A younger point of view.

[Me and Fazo] grew up together. Me and my homie, we grind. It’s in memory of him [so] I just named it Welcome To Fazoland. I’ve been listening to that tape for almost two years. Literally. I was going hard at the time, and I never changed the name of it. It was always Welcome To Fazoland. Fake Shore Drive dropped a compilation tape [Heir Apparents] with me and Bibby, but that was just a tape that we let them put together. That was really pushing my tape, Welcome To Fazoland.

I was working with Tink for her mixtape, but pretty much my tape is me, Bibby, King Louie, Lil Reese on my tape. Pretty much it’s just me on my first mixtape. As far as putting everything in one, we did a lot that fits in that category. I have some good features on there too.

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On What’s Next:

The date I was pushing for my mixtape is February 17. That’s actually his birthday. I was gonna tweet it the day I was actually gonna put it with my videos or something. But I told myself XXL gonna ask the day it might be out, I was gonna tell you the date.

As far as after my mixtape drops, [I'm going to] keep working. Whatever the future holds. I know when I drop my tape it’ll be a breakout of my career. The doors will open from there. Keep working, probably not gonna slack or anything. You’ll get a lot more Herb coming. I’m excited. I’ve been pushing my tape for almost two years. I’m actually excited that I am dropping my tape around the corner. There isn’t really pressure. Keep working.

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On Why He Should Be A XXL Freshman:

I feel like I should be a Freshman because my mixtape that I am pushing. I feel like it’ll be a classic. It’s gonna tell a story. I am actually excited that it’s my first mixtape so people could get a look at the way I am moving. I feel like it’ll tell people even now ‘till 2015. I feel like my mixtape should and would be considered a classic when I drop it. It’s really tells the story of who I am and where I from. I feel like it’s real rap. It’s real lyrics. I am telling real stories. I feel like a lot of people will feel it worldwide, across the country.

  • Ross S

    thought he changed to herbo? whats the real name?!

    • M. Rod

      Herbie and herbo just nicknames. Lil Herb his rap name.