Late Thursday night, Chicago rapper G Herbo was arrested for illegal gun possession, along with two of his associates ( Deavonte Royale Kimbale, and Marchello Walton).
According to the Chicago police, the stop occurred in the south loop area around 10:35 PM, and upon stopping the vehicle for a traffic violation, they discovered that there were loaded weapons in the car. In order to have a loaded weapon in Chicago ( and in IL in general) you have to apply for a FOID ( Firearm Owners Identification).
This is only extends to storing one in your house or car. If you want to walk around with one on the street, you’ll have to take a training class and apply for a Conceal and Carry license- which will run you around $425.
Yeah, and you wonder why poor people in Chicago who can barely afford to pay their rent aren’t lining up to get conceal and carry licenses…
You might be thinking- sure that’s true for most people, but G-Herbo is a rapper! He and his crew must be balling right? G- Herbo has a net worth of 1 million, but guess what- all the money in the world won’t help you get a FOID if you have a previous felony conviction. Given his past, we’re pretty confident he’s got one.
So yeah, neither G- Herbo or any of the men in his car had a FOID card, so the cops did what Chicago cops do best- and that’s take your ass to jail.
This whole event is unfortunate given G- Herbo’s recent rise to prominence. He’s collaborated with artists like Chance The Rapper, Common and Nicki Minaj, and that’s just the start. Last September he put out his debut album, Humble Beast and also released the beefier Humble Beast Deluxe Version last week.
He’s also expecting a child soon- which means he better make sure his ass isn’t in prison.
G- Herbo has overcome a ton of obstacles in his life to get to where he is today. Growing up impoverished and surrounded by gangs is an environment that breeds failure about 99% of the time.
But G Herbo isn’t your average Joe.
In a 2016 interview with Vlad TV, G- Herbo talked about how he dropped out of high-school his junior year, and why.
“It was a risk,” he said. “I was risking my life and risking my freedom. We was already in the streets. Yes, you can get killed going to school. People got killed going to school. Early in the morning. That’s when you get killed on bus stops going to school, on your way to school, leaving your house at 7 in the morning shit like that. You’ll get killed like that easy in Chicago.”
As you can see with how G Herbo grew up, it’s not surprising that he’s used to carrying a gun with him wherever he goes.
But if he wants to have a career that lasts more than a couple years, he’s going to have to wise up. You can’t record hit songs from prison.