Ball Like I’m Kobe (BLIK)
Recent violence has taken a toll on everyone. Many rappers have chosen their own way to speak upon it. Lil Herb or G Herbo, who became popular in 2012, recently released “Ball Like I’m Kobe”, taking Chicago by storm. Ball Like I’m Kobe (BLIK) is an ode to Herb’s fallen friend Jacobi who was a victim of gun violence. The entire tape itself describes G Herbo’s struggle and pain while also highlighting his rise to fame. G Herbo has highlighted violence in Chicago with past projects such as Welcome to Fazoland and Pistol P Project, which were also odes to friends victimized by gun violence.
Although G Herbo raps about the violence in Chicago his own way, he receives criticism because he also glorifies the use of drugs. G Herbo released a statement on Twitter stating that he will continue to write about unfortunate realities that occur in his neighborhood regardless of what others want to hear. Rapping is a form of art. Whether it is good or bad rap is entirely subjective. However, as G Herbo knows, someone’s expression cannot be silenced.
From “L’s” to “Watch Me Ball”, G Herbo highlights the everyday struggle to stay alive and not become a part of a statistic. Herbo says he raps because it saved him from a life of crime that ultimately would have led to a jail or grave. He wants others to know the things he rap about are true, but not to be glorified but to be taken as a warning. Herbo says that he raps to make others aware there are countless other still trapped in a never ending cycle of underfunded schools, lack of police protection, and endless crime. BLIK was a beautifully crafted, controversial mixtape that bared nothing from its audience and allowed them to see what the Eastside of Chicago endures.