Civil Interview: G Herbo Talks ‘Welcome To Fazoland 1.5 EP,’ Merchandise Line & More
by Lupe LLerenas
Being from Chicago, how would you say Chi-Town has influenced your music?
G Herbo: Chicago has influenced my music in a crazy way. I would say at least a good 75 percent of it comes from Chi and the rest from New York and L.A. However, I honestly feel like if I wasn’t from Chicago then I probably wouldn’t be the man and artist I am today. Every single one of my experiences has played a role.
Your first project, Welcome to Fazoland was in honor of your friend who passed away from gun violence, how are you making a difference in your city and influencing the younger generation?
G Herbo: When I was young, I was in the streets and a lot of negative things would run through my mind. However, I was fortunate enough to find an escape with music and ever since then, it’s been a journey. Nonetheless, I think I’m always finding ways to inspire the youth and be hands on. I’m always telling my little cousins, and friends to stay focus on whatever it is that they want to do in life.
In the long run, I want to continue giving back to my community. I want to give aid with summer jobs, help at youth programs. I recently just linked up with Chance [The Rapper] and you know Chance, he’s been giving back to Chicago in such a major way. I’m 21 so to see him do that it’s so inspiring and makes me keep going, especially for my city and over the world.
You just dropped an EP and a merch capsule along with it. Talk to us about the EP and merch?
G Herbo: It’s a mixtape deluxe. Welcome to Fazoland was my first ever project, and it’s been almost 3-years so I put out a 1.5. I wanted to put out a body of work that my fans are true and familiar with. It also has tons of new music with a lot of bonuses as well.
As for the merch capsule, that’s crazy! My team and I put it together so I’m very proud of it. We went over what I wanted for the color, to the quotes, patches and basically everything that went into it.