Another drill rapper from Chicago will soon be off the streets. G Herbo, 27, has agreed to plead guilty to using identity theft to fund his rap career.
G Herbo, born Herbert Randall Wright III, was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of lying to U.S. Secret Service agents and wire fraud.
According to the feds, Herbo used fake identities and stolen credit cards worth $1.5 million which he spent on trips, a Jamaican villa and luxury cars to portray himself as a high wealth individual.
According to The Chicago Tribune, Herbo used the funds for a villa in Jamaica, private jets and designer teacup puppies.
“Wright used the proceeds … to advance his career by posting photographs and/or videos of himself on the private jets, in the exotic cars, and at the Jamaican villa,” the plea agreement stated.
Federal agents tracked Herbo and his associates for years. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison. However, court records show he could receive as little as 5 years behind bars for accepting a plea agreement.
Herbo was arrested last week in Chicago on a charge of misdemeanor unlawful use of a weapon in a public place. He is currently out on bond.
Brief history of drill rap
Drill rap is a violent subgenre of hip-hop that is influenced by gangsta rap and trap music. The subgenre originated in Chicago by violent gang members with significant online presence.
“Drill” means to shoot “opps” (rival gang members) with the intention to kill.
Contemporary hip-hop glorifies the accumulation of wealth, jewelry and cars. While drill rap glorifies the collection of bodies, guns, and social media credibility.
Drill rap rose to prominence in the early 2010s when major record labels saw value in signing untalented gang bangers with short life expectancies.
Labels began signing emerging Chicago drill rappers including King Von, Chief Keef, LA Capone, Lil Durk, G Herbo, FBG Duck, and more.
When drill rappers are killed, record labels cash in their insurance policies.