The only thing colder than the winter is the city of Sorrow, Chicago. The city police reported 650 homicides and 2,785 shooting, which is a 16 percent drop from the previous year.
G Herbo formerly known as Lil Herb, a native of Chicago, takes you on the tour with Mass Appeal to explore the culture of Chicago’s East Side in a new mini-documentary titled City of Sorrow. The doc shows you where it started for the 22-year-old rapper. Herbo open the doc saying, “Nobody wants to stay in Chicago where it’s like, 800 murders. You got to strive for something.” City of Sorrow takes you to the neighborhood Herbo grew up in to Hyde Park Academy, where he attended middle school. The doc touching on how the violence of the Chicago has shaped him into the person he is now.
Herbo speaking on the choices beside the street life said, “Leave the streets to do what? Go work in McDonalds? ‘So the people that was trying to kill me last week, can see me in McDonalds?’” The rapper didn’t see anything but rapping getting out of the streets.
The documentary truly covers G Herbo’s humble beginnings, from rapping into a voice notes to send to friends and videos of him rapping for whoever wanted to listen. The doc had appearance from a former teacher, Ralph Bennett, and his manager Mikkey Halstead, who speaks about seeing the potential in Herbo. Mikkey said, “I damn near saw, like, Nas and Tupac,” when Herbo showed him his talents.
In September G Herbo released his debut album, Humble Beast, which was met with praise by publications like XXL, Complex, and Billboard. Humble Beast landed number 21 on the Billboard 200. The album had collaborations from Lil Yachty, Lil Uzi Vert, Bump J, Jeremih and Lil Bibby.
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