Chicago has been lighting up the cultural market with authenticity. Tink dropped Hopeless Romantic February 14, Valentines Day and G Herbo dropped PTSD February 28; only one has been trending.
PTSD has gotten its praise for addressing the mental and behavior illness that not only plagues the city but others across the world who is prone to violence. Following his firearm arrest in 2018, Herbo went to see a therapist, suggested by his lawyer, and was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); the inspiration for the album, the No. 4 album in the country, making it the highest charting project according to Complex.
We’ve been victimized and we don’t even know it. It’s a real mental illness, and we’re immune to it. These kids have no aspirations except what’s in front of them. They think it’s their fate. It’s transfers over to generations.G Herbo in his interview with Billboard’s Micheal Saponara
It’s a big topic, not only in hip hop but in culture and politics (just look at the conversations surrounding Trump). Honestly someone needed to bring the subject to the forefront to be addressed because Chiraq has swallowed the truth of Chicago.
Tink addresses relationships and the issues of confused females who really need therapy. Her honesty of emotional behavior issues and giving the most of yourself to a time sensitive situation of being in love and trying to get over it. It represents the truth of what mating looks like in the city and beyond, of course it’s not just an urban legend but look at love and hip hop or other presentations of love that represents urban culture.
Even though one album is trending and the other hasn’t received as much attention for its content both are worth the listen to understand mental health and substance abuse issues. Tink and G Herbo are the voices of the new generation of Chicago. They are demonstrating the culture that raised them and the only thing you can do is listen for understanding.