The young but increasingly hoarse-voiced Chicago rapper Lil Herb has finally dropped his Welcome to Fazoland mixtape. Spanning 16 songs and hosted by Don Cannon, the tape’s personnel is mostly native to Chicago, with appearances from rappers like Lil Durk, King Louie, Lil Reese, and, of course, Lil Bibby. Production comes from Windy City guys like DJ L, DJ Kenn, and C-Sick.
For a while, Welcome to Fazoland seemed like the longest-delayed project in mixtape history – Herb began promoting the tape in 2012. We’ve already heard a few of the tracks found here: There’s the all-rapped “4 Minutes of Hell Pt. 3”, the blistering stomp “Koolin’”, and the mournful and enraged “All My Niggas”.
As with most of our ascendant Chicago rappers, Herb isn’t shy about bringing his arcane slanguage to oblivious, non-Chicagoan listeners, so we’ve provided a Herb-specific glossary to go along with the mixtape stream below.
Broski – Herb’s term of endearment for Lil Bibby.
Fazoland – Herb’s neighborhood in Chicago, nicknamed in honor of his fallen homie Fazon Robinson, whose birthday would have been today.
NLMB 150 – No Limit Muskegon Boyz, Herb’s affiliation, plus the gang’s approximate membership.
Robins – Robin’s Jean, Herb’s preferred denim. French designer Robin Chretien founded the company in 2005.
Roc Block – The 78th block on the East Side of Chicago.
Terror Town – A particularly bloody area in Chicago.
Vito City – See above entry. Presumably a reference to The Godfather’s Vito Corleone.