Chicago rapper G Herbo has established a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization called Swervin Through Stress, aiming to provide support for Black individuals grappling with mental health challenges. Motivated by personal experiences, G Herbo seeks to create a safe space for open discussions surrounding mental health within the Black community. His initiative comes after enduring the devastating loss of 20 friends due to gun violence.
Promoting Mental Health Awareness Month
G Herbo’s Swervin Through Stress nonprofit is actively engaged in promoting Mental Health Awareness Month. In collaboration with Chance The Rapper’s Social Works, they will host the Black Joy Ride event on May 20th at the Harold Washington Cultural Center.
G Herbo Encouraging Open Conversations
In a recent interview with Billboard, G Herbo highlighted the lack of discussion surrounding mental health within the Black community. He emphasized the importance of creating an environment where individuals can openly share their struggles, fostering a sense of relatability and support among peers. G Herbo’s own battle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) stemming from childhood gun violence has further fueled his commitment to addressing mental health issues.
G Herbo’s Swervin Through Stress initiative follows the release of his mixtape, Strictly 4 My Fans 2, featuring collaborations with GloRilla, Mello Buckzz, and Drench. The mixtape showcases G Herbo’s signature gritty style, incorporating drill beats produced by longstanding collaborators such as Southside, DJ Victoriouz, and more.
The importance of mental health within the hip-hop community is a topic that resonates with several artists. NBA Youngboy, Cardi B, Omeretta, and others have courageously shared their struggles with mental health.
Similarly, Saweetie opened up about her mental health battle and debuted a new haircut. Megan Thee Stallion has spoken about her experiences with therapy, while Summer Walker prioritizes her mental well-being over performing sad songs. Rapper Styles P of The LOX also highlighted the significance of therapy for Black men in a candid conversation on Apple Music.