We first put G Herbo on our radar back in 2012 when his song, "Kill Sh*t" with Lil Bibby went viral on YouTube. Eventually, Drake would call the pair "the future" of rap. Maybe he was right. After all, G Herbo did end up collaborating with rap icons like Nicki Minaj, 21 Savage, Chief Keef, Young Thug, and Juice WRLD.
Over the years, though, G Herbo has gotten himself into some serious trouble from weapon possessions to battery allegations. Now, he may even be facing federal charges, which could result in jail time. So, what is going on and why might G Herbo end up in jail?
What happened to G Herbo? Is he in jail?
Although G Herbo isn't currently in jail, he very well could end up there. According to TMZ, G Herbo, whose real name is Herbert Randall Wright III, faces some pretty serious charges. The Chicago-based rapper and a few of the people close to him are in legal trouble for allegedly conspiring to defraud people over the past four years.
"In docs, obtained by TMZ, the feds claim Herbo specifically conspired to get a private villa in Jamaica back in July 2017 by contacting music promoter Antonio Strong to arrange it and provide a stolen credit card to pay for incidentals," the publication reported.
According to those documents, the feds alleged that G Herbo and the other defendants named used an alias and a stolen credit card. He allegedly used this to purchase private jet charters, private yachts, exotic car rentals, luxury hotel and vacation accommodations, and two "designer puppies."
The Chicago Tribune reports that he's also facing federal charges related to aggravated identity theft and aiding and abetting a larger fraud scheme, which was also confirmed by court documents obtained by Pitchfork.
"The 14-count indictment alleges that Herbo was involved in a defrauding scheme alongside eight other defendants," Pitchfork reported. The court documents state that G Herbo allegedly participated in schemes as far back as 2016, charged with defrauding "numerous businesses and individuals throughout the United States by possessing, using, and transferring unauthorized and stolen payment and card account information."
The Chicago Tribune, the first publication to report the story, says U.S District Judge Robert Dow claimed that Antonio “T-Glo” Strong, Herbo’s promoter and manager, was "alleged to be the ringleader of a $1.6 million fraud."
Is G Herbo going to jail?
Years later, G Herbo has pled guilty to wire fraud and lying to federal agents, Rolling Stone reports. Since he took a plea deal, he'll probably still end up in jail, but maybe for less time. Right now, he could face as many as 20 years in jail.
This isn't the first time G Herbo has been in in legal trouble.
According to a 2018 Billboard article, G Herbo has been in legal trouble before. In 2018, he was arrested after his limousine driver told police that some of his passengers had weapons. The publication reported that none of the men in the car had any firearm owner identification cards, and all three were eventually charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.
A year later, Herbo was charged with simple battery after an alleged physical altercation broke out with Ariana Fletcher, the mother of his child, according to a 2019 Pitchfork article.
At the time, Ariana said on Instagram, "He kicked my door down to get in my house because I wouldn't let him in, beat the f--k out of me in front of my son. Then he took my son outside to his friends and had them drive off with my son, hid all my knives in my house, broke my phone and locked me inside and beat the f--k out of me again." Herbo was later released on $2,000 bail.
The latest charge comes one day after Forbes named Herbo in its "30 Under 30" list in the music category. He was applauded for launching a youth mental health initiative called "Swervin' Through Stress" which aims to provide young Black adults with therapy resources, including a free 12-week therapy program, a helpline, and a crisis text line.