The story of Lil Bibby can be said to be the classic story of the Afro American hood boy who battled all the regular vices in Black American society but ultimately found solace in music. He follows an illustrious line of hip-hop artistes from Chicago: Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, Twistta, Vic Mensa, Common; the list goes on.
Lil Bibby was born as Brandon George Dickinson Jr. on the 18th of July, 1994. He grew up on the East Side of Chicago’s 79th Street. Bibby’s upbringing was far from ideal, at a tender age he was exposed to the ugly sight of street violence and admits to being shot a few times. His mother struggled with substance abuse and drug addiction hence he was raised by his older sister at the time. She herself was never a good example as she was involved in neighborhood gang activities.
Growing up, Bibby saw a lot of his friends whisked away to do jail time, most of whom he would never see again. Bibby recounted in an interview how growing up on the streets he would resent kids that were in school, all that changed when he read his favourite book of all time 48 Laws of Power. He alludes to the fact that the book radically changed his mindset and helped him see the world in a different light.
At 16, Bibby met his longtime friend G Herbo for the first time at a youth facility, the duo developed interests in rap music and would freestyle to various beats over a cell phone. They decided to turn their hobby into a profession, hitting the studio to record a few of their rhymes
Music Career and Collaborations
The rapper released his debut mixtape, Free Crack, on the 29th of November, 2013. The mixtape was produced by Grade A Productions. It was made available only for digital download; it has since been downloaded more than 225,000 times on the online distribution platform DatPiff. The title to the mixtape was inspired by Kanye West’s track, called Crack Music.
The rising star was beginning to attract attention and in 2001, superstar rapper Drake said he was a big fan of Lil Bibby’s music, he also went ahead to say he and Bibby had spoken in 2013. Bibby confessed the endorsement was a huge encouragement, inspiring him to work harder on his content. The tracks Water and Whole Crew were a direct product of that positive vibe.
In 2014 he collaborated with fellow rapper and a Memphis-native Juicy J, and was involved in the remix of Main Chick performed by Kid Ink. Bibby’s second mixtape, Free Crack 2, was released on August 29, 2014 and was hosted by DJ Drama. It featured guest appearances from Lil Herb, Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J, Kevin Gates, Jadakiss and Anthony Hamilton.
Black Entertainment Television (BET) gave the mixtape positive reviews, giving it a five-star rating because of its new level of depth and introspection, it credited the mixtape as detailing the difficult balance of fame and authenticity and how that affects everyday life in some of America’s urban war zones.
Bibby’s other album Free Crack 3 has been downloaded over 272,000 times as of late 2017.
Lil Bibby’s Girlfriend
Until recently, Bibby’s love life was not hitting the news as much as his music, for a young man exposed to thug life, it was always going to be interesting to find out who his love interest was and how he would go about it.
In early 2016, a video of Lil Bibby and Johanie Taylor in bed was leaked online. The video showed the rapper fast asleep in the arms of Johanie. After the ensuing frenzy surrounding the video, both parties confirmed in an Instagram post that they were truly in a relationship. Johanie is a model and social media celebrity.
Lil Bibby’s Family and Net Worth
Not so much is known about Lil Bibby’s Family, but what is certain is that growing up, Bibby’s mom was a drug addict. He grew up watching his mom sniff drugs at home and admitted he still has bad memories of his childhood. His elder sister was also a street gang member. It is safe to say the family Biby knew was the gangs on the streets.
In an interview, Bibby said he wouldn’t snitch (call the cops) even if his mom was shot dead. In his opinion, it’s his business to find the perpetrator and dish out cold revenge on his own terms.
The current earnings from digital downloads and performances have put Lil Bibby’s net worth at $600,000.