'Humble' Chicago rapper navigates the past and the future with his most-recent LP

In a 2016 interview with Alive, Chicago rapper G Herbo uttered “humble” with such regularity that one might have wondered if the term had been chosen as the secret word on “Pee Wee's Playhouse.” “I'm really just trying to stay humble and get better, bro,” he said.

Mission accomplished with his 2017 full-length titled, of course, Humble Beast.

In 2012, Herbo broke out with “Kill Shit,” a hyper-violent drill cut awash in shell cases and discarded bodies. Now, buoyed by his successes, the rapper has managed to trade some of that more explicit violence for something almost as nefarious. “All apartments, never had a house 'til I moved mama out,” he raps on “Street” before things take a “Get Out”-like twist. “Racist neighbors, that's the only drama now.”

Throughout the LP, which Herbo packs with cinematic detail, the rapper sounds torn between these two worlds, intent on finding a more peaceful future in an uncertain arena even as the weight of a difficult past exerts a heavy gravitational pull.