Release Date: Jun 29, 2011
Record label: BasedWorld
It's possible not even Lil B knows how much music he's released in the past four years. Spend 15 minutes trying to sort out how much he's made in the past four months and you'll feel in your stomach just how deep the Internet goes. More than any other musician, the Bay Area rapper has adapted his creative behavior to resemble the rippling action of your RSS feed-- an unceasing, pellet-dispenser flow of new content.
It wasn’t obvious from the get-go, but by now it’s reasonably clear that Lil B wants to save rap. At first blush, there’s no one less qualified: He’s a social-media celebrity who tweets effusively to his fans, a swag-less MC with no discernible skill at rapping and no discernible interest in improvement. On I’m Gay (I’m Happy), Lil B is more likely to talk circles around himself than do anything like rapping.
It’s quite possible that Lil B is the greatest troll in hip hop. Only instead of lurking in message boards and forums, the man has spammed YouTube with hundreds of clips of unfiltered freestyles. But most recently he has baited fans and critics alike by choosing to name his latest album I’m Gay (I’m Happy). If the polarised response is any indication he’s been successful, no one seems to know quite how serious he really is.
Lil B is a Berkeley, California, rapper who receives fellatio from women based on the fact that he looks like J.K. Rowling. He also looks like Jesus, Ellen DeGeneres and Justin Bieber - all of which nets him even more oral sex. That makes no sense, clearly, and that's the absurdist genius of the man they call the BasedGod.
In a way that’s hard not to relate to the hullabaloo raised over George Clinton and Parliament/Funkadelic’s P-Funk doctrine three decades or so ago, Brandon McCartney’s (or Lil B‘s) based “philosophy” is being met with sniggers and snooty derision by befuddled pressmen, YouTube trolls, and everyone in between — and with good reason. Splitting time between rapping about a ludicrous range of celebrities and internet memes and absurd stream-of-consciousness poetry over ambient synth music, the man hasn’t given anyone much room to take him seriously. The point is, though (and, yes, there certainly is one), that B and his music aren’t for everyone.
It’s been a busy couple months for Lil B. After announcing the title of his album would be I’m Gay, the California native’s name was plastered in mainstream press clippings from the Huffington Post to CNN. Then, last month, he announced that he was recording with Lil Wayne. And now the new album.