Lil Bibby and Lil Herb are the next wave of young Chicago talent to gain widespread acceptance in hip-hop. While Bibby is riding high after the release of Free Crack, his partner-in-rhyme and childhood friend Lil Herb has been patiently waiting his turn. The duo first blew up from their “Kill Shit” video, which brought the focus to their narratives of the streets. Another turning point of their careers came when the likes of Drake and Joey I.E. tweeted their appreciation for the rising stars. Since the co-signs and bigger recognition, the grind hasn’t stop for either of them.

Lil Herb believes it’s his moment to shine. The 17-year-old MC is dropping his solo debut, Welcome To Fazoland, on the same day as Fazon's birthday on February 17. The tape—which will include production by C-Sick, Young Chop and more—is set to be a proper introduction to his music, as well as a homage to his fallen friend. If Herb has the same explosion as Bibby when he dropped his tape, he could have a bright future ahead of him.

During a week of heavy snow in the East Coast, we caught up with Herb from the Chi to talk about learning hip-hop from his late uncle K-Tone, meeting Lil Bibby and his new tape. We also get his response to everyone's favorite question: Why should you make the 2014 XXL Freshman class? All that and more in The Come Up.—Eric Diep