G Herbo Discusses Why He’s Not Voting, Chicago Violence, And Nicki Minaj On The Breakfast Club
Chicago rapper G Herbo, whose real name is Herbert White III, stopped by The Breakfast Club to offer listeners some insight on who he is.
While Herbo is only 21 years-old, when he speaks he sounds wise beyond his years. Maybe it’s because of the troubled life he led. Certain circumstances in life, particularly poverty, often forces children to grow up.
Herbo spoke about being a product of his environment and often being involved in criminal activity due to lack of options. The Chicago rapper shared how he was involved in criminal activity to take care of his family while many of today’s youth are involved in crime for the wrong reasons.
They want a name. They’re morals are all backwards. It was about territory, money, progress, doing stuff for your family, still having morals at the end of the day.
Interestingly enough, G. Herbo talks about how you won’t see him at the polls on November 8th because he doesn’t believe that Trump or Clinton will do anything to help the inner cities of Chicago.
In order to stop the violence and help the youth, Herbo feels that this will only happen if the youth feels like someone cares about them.
The kids need someone they feel genuinely cares about them, that provides stuff for them to do… We’d go to summer camp with our youth centre, Six Flags whenever we had the chance growing up. Kids don’t have that no more, and a lot of times they don’t even want to choose the path they’re going down, they’re just followers.
G Herbo described that he got out of that life by being super-focused for the last two years.
You can’t be fifty-fifty, you can’t be eighty-twenty, you gotta be 100%. It’s only two things that come with the streets: jail or death, and I was ready for jail or death at any moment.
Herbo has worked with Nicki Minaj but he almost missed out on that opportunity.
When Nicki approached him about dropping a verse on her 2014 street single Chi-Raq. Herbo almost missed out his big chance when he hung up on Nicki Minaj when she called him.
I promise… We were like ‘Hell no, this ain’t Nicki calling at 3am in studio.’ Then it just came back around two days later and we realized it was her. She wasn’t playing around. I love Nicki, I can never thank her enough for it.
You can watch the full 47-minute interview below.
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