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G-Herbo – Ballin’ Like I’m Kobe
“Chiraq” isn’t a pseudonym born from hyperbole. If anywhere in America deserves a moniker of such heft, it’s the Windy-come-Warring City that birthed drill; conveniently but not coincidently the hell from which Lil Herb aka G Herbo comes. His newest mixtape, Ballin’ Like I’m Kobe, the third in a row dedicated to a friend lost in the bullets is, without equal, Herb’s greatest achievement in a catalogue that’s quietly filling up with them. Scorsese-esque in it’s atmosphere, Ballin’ Like I’m Kobe comes in a third of the length of said movies with twice the violence, and sorrow of impossible proportions. It’s the best album to come out of Chicago this year, possibly the best mixtape of the year (I see you Barter 6) and an absolute master class of what drill music can be.
Standout Track: It demands to be listened all the way through as every track stands out on it’s own as powerful by emotion and/or pure force, but opener “L’s” is the clearest indication of what the rest brings. Blurring the lines between soulful boom-bap and drill, the sample heavy beat lets Herb acrobatically pummel the beat, all the while ruminating on his inescapable environment. His second verse, which kicks off with him listing 13 (13!) friends that have succumbed to gang violence is particularly affecting.