Between high-profile cosigns and consistently jaw-dropping performances, Chicago rappers Lil Herb and Lil Bibby have had quite a year, going from near-unknowns to the city's most buzzed-about new exports. Bibby's excellent new mixtape, Free Crack, finally arrived, after months of anticipation, to immediate acclaim. Herb unleashed absurd freestyle after absurd freestyle, racking up millions of YouTube views. The change in circumstances and rise to success is the subject of their latest collaboration, "A Year Ago," which lands, appropriately, on New Year's Day.
The new year also marks a new era for Herb, who is apparently changing his rap alias to G Herbo. But a different name doesn't mean any difference in lyrical intensity, and "A Year Ago" goes hard, with both Herb and Bibby continuing to push each other to crazy new levels of verbal ferocity. Produced by DJ L, it's a signature Herb/Bibby banger that finds them trading verses several times. It's also another great offering to tide fans over as they continue to wait for Herb's long-promised debut, Welcome to Fazoland, which, according to his Soundcloud, is still "coming soon."
Check out Herb's first release as G Herbo below: