But how soon? Lil B shows are famous because of the intensity of his performance and how the crowd feeds it all right back to him. The difference between stage one and stage two Lil B fans is a sense of humor for the absurd.
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Danny Ainge has done plenty this offseason, but on Tuesday rapper Lil B did something greater than any trade, draft pick or signing could achieve. That same year, Lil B infamously cursed James Harden of the Houston Rockets for stealing his signature “cooking dance.” When the Rockets lost the finals to the Warriors in Oakland, Lil B was in attendance. The whole ordeal, which garnered Lil B an unexpected degree of mainstream notoriety, seemed freighted with symbolism, as if it was retribution not just against Harden but also against rappers who’ve jacked his style.
While Lil B posts a lot of sexually suggestive photos of young-looking women, the catalyst seems to have been a November 17 post. The images , of a woman with I love Lil B” written on the soles of her feet posing sultrily for the camera, elicited thousands of responses on Twitter criticizing the post and demanding to know the subject’s age. In response, Lil B tweeted , That’s grown woman with her own place and fam she taking care of,” and promised to send critics DM proof of her identity. A Twitter user, @makeupbyshaniah, called attention to the series, posting , She literally looks 12 what the fuck is this.” That tweet blew up with over 18,000 retweets, and a number of women responded with their own experience of Lil B soliciting them for pictures when they were underage.
Real hip hop may as well be the slogan of New York rap. It is the refrain of those who most prize the stylings and values of ‘90s NYC hip hop, of lyricalness and soul samples and a narrow definition of expressed intelligence and consciousness. Talib Kweli is Real Hip Hop. 36 Mafia is Something Else.
Lil B: We need to focus on black economics, and people need to not be scared to say we are going to focus on black people. They are in a different position growing up poor. I hear people say if you work harder or if you are smarter you‘ll be successful — but they’ve never had the government against them like it is against black people.
Lil B came up with the Bay Area’s the Pack, a group affiliated with the hyphy scene that had a hit with the sneaker-loving track “Vans.” After the group released its 2007 album, Based Boys, Lil B began to explore other opportunities by first partnering with fellow Pack member Young L for SS Mixtape, Vol. 1. New solo songs would regularly get posted to his MySpace site and then, in late 2008, he began to toy with the excessiveness of the Internet, storming the Web in a full-on blitzkrieg. As the prolific and unfiltered Lil Wayne was to the mixtape game, so was Lil B to the Net, creating no less than 155 MySpace pages, each linked to create one giant body of work. Originally, aliases such as the BasedLord and BasedGod appeared alongside streaming audio of Lil B freestyling over familiar beats.
For someone whose iconoclasm and boundless creativity caused so much hand-wringing among hiphop purists, it’s a bit ironic that Lil B ended up making an old-school rap record. The Bay Area MC’s long-rumored, labored-over Black Ken mixtape sports production that honors regional traditions as well as some of his most focused, least fanciful rapping to date. It’s a relatively straightforward rap album that could score Basedgod some new fans, something Lil B might care about more if he didn’t already exert an undeniable influence on what rap sounds like in 2018. Joining him at this show is local producer and longtime collaborator Keyboard Kid.
The comparison would undoubtedly be considered sacrilege by old guard hip-hop heads, and the more alienating aspects of Lil B’s music will likely prevent him from ever reaching Tupac’s level of popular acceptance. But the two share a certain kinetic ricochet between hero and villain, between life and performance. Both look the black male stereotype squarely in the face and embrace it in the most extreme way possible, only to immediately counter it by snapping their character right back to its antithesis. To some this is hypocrisy; to Tupac it was a brutal truth. To Lil B it’s just one small fragment of his everything.
Once upon a time, they called it cloud rap. It had washed out, hazy production, often drawing on ethereal vocal samples from artists like Imogen Heap and merging with the aesthetics of bedroom electronic producers. Artists like Main Attraktionz, Lil B, and Nacho Picasso floated over these beats, conjuring up surreal, dreamy landscapes from the kush clouds. And then A$AP Rocky became a superstar, and the sound went mainstream. Today, rap and even some of the biggest budget pop music—The Weeknd, Rihanna, Beyonce—draws on some of the same ambient, texture-heavy palettes that came out of this world.
Pretend it’s 2010. Kanye West‘s backpack rap has exploded into the excessive testerone-peddling showcase we know it to be today GOOD Music’s label releases were leading up to My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. In the midst of Kanye and company shepherding the culture into a direction of black brilliance, a morbid wolf appeared on the horizon. The Based God entered into the game a member of The Pack, a Berkeley-based collective whose eclectic zaniness made them the cream of the Bay Area’s crop. He broke away after the group’s gold turned to dust, refusing to throw away what they’d built for mediocrity. This was 2009, but by mid-2010, B had recorded over 1500 songs. One of that initial batch, “Wonton Soup” would come to take the internet by storm.
Lil B was born on August 17th, 1989 and grew up in Berkeley, California. He began rapping at the age of 16 and has since released seven full-length solo albums, two albums with The Pack and 43 solo mixtapes, one of which contained over 800 freestyles, as of February 2013.
Two 2009 mixtapes, I’m Thraxx and 6 Kiss, featured hazy, atmospheric production by Clams Casino , and helped set the stage for the cloud rap movement. Lil B published a book titled Takin’ Over by Imposing the Positive! that year, and continued his seemingly endless stream of mixtapes, videos, and based freestyles, ranging from party tracks, dance numbers, and celebrity tributes to more thoughtful, contemplative pieces. Rain in England, an album of motivational spoken word over new age synth washes, was issued on CD and vinyl by experimental label Weird Forest in 2010, and was one of the very few Lil B recordings to receive a physical release.
Iconic Berkeley recording artist Brandon Lil B” McCartney expands on a series of lectures at universities across the country where he has discussed life, love, and contributing to the common good. Here, he presents photographic works and extremely rare art,” sharing his unique focus on compassion, unrestrained creative expression, and the power of positive thinking.
And if that isn’t enough proof of Lil B’s power, then consider this. In what might be construed as high-level trolling, the rapper lifted the curse” from Durant during Game 5 of the NBA Finals in 2012, with the Thunder down 3 games to 1. The team later lost against the Miami Heat. In 2014, Lil B released an expletive-laden diss track to Durant and just a few weeks later, the star player was ruled out for the season. Coincidence??? Probably.
Despite the lack of a formal educational background, though, Lil B could be a competitive candidate for admissions. In addition to his musical endeavors, he has published a book on living a positive lifestyle and has given speeches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, New York University, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of California, Los Angeles.
I look at it like, I really like to be myself and put the creativity first, and the inspiration. This, to me, is inspiring, what we’re doing. And it fuels the next thing that I’ma do. Everything, for me, is fueled off telling my story through music, because I have a lot to say, and it’s some urgent things that I have to tell to the world, and help and heal. I know my part that I have to do through music.
As gimmicky as he initially seemed, it now feels quite likely that, 20 years from now, folks will still be talking about Lil B and his influence. This could well happen even if he never releases another album, though that’s unlikely. In fact, one suspects he’ll have something new out by the time we finish typing this sentence.
4) Nuggets of Motivation and Wisdom (like any deity, the BasedGod must inspire his followers in very overt ways). In a sense, all of Lil B’s songs are Based Freestyles in that he’s just going off the dome when he records, but a true Based Freestyle bucks traditional song structure and finds B saying whatever’s on his mind. If for some reason you aren’t immediately drawn into Lil B’s music, try listening to him for five hours in a row. After that, you’ll understand that he’s way better than anything else you could be putting into your ears and it was you who was incorrect, not Lil B. In addition to strict hip-hop, Lil B has released two classical albums, one ambient spoken word album, keeps threatening to release a rock album (the single is called California Boy ” and it sounds like the band Girls, only better), and has released one really annoying song with his cat that we’re not going to link to because we hate it.
Durant led the Thunder to the NBA Finals against the Miami Heat, but LeBron James’ superteam prevailed in five games. On the night the Heat won the title, Lil B unexpectedly lifted the curse on Durant.
In response to a cancer patient’s YouTube comment, Lil B released a song entitled “Beat the Cancer” on his 2011 mixtape The Silent President. This gesture shows McCartney’s dedication and care for his fanbase.
His latest collaborator, Jason, talks to us on Facebook Messenger from his home in Leith, Edinburgh, about his ambition for the new tune. I hope the hype surrounding the track finally pays off and the track starts getting attention,” he says. If it causes people to start listening to the tracks I have made, that would be even greater. I’d imagine that the track would get more plays than normal since I have the Based God on one of my tracks.
The summer of 2011 was a tough time for NBA star LeBron James. It was full of lingering ill-will for his decision to the leave the Cleveland Cavaliers and snarky schadenfreude over his initial failure to win a championship with the Miami Heat.
Sometimes. In the case where we were starting something from scratch with a vocalist, it would probably change the process a little bit because if they’re in there writing stuff I’ll leave room for them. But a lot of the stuff is beats I already had made.
The day after Kevin Durant and the Thunder were eliminated in the 2011 Western Conference Finals by the Mavericks, Lil B tweeted that Durant would never win a title according to a mystical entity known as The Based God. He’s not wrong (so far).
Based means being yourself. Not being scared of what people think about you. Not being afraid to do what you wanna do. Being positive. When I was younger, based was a negative term that meant like dopehead, or basehead. People used to make fun of me. They was like, “You’re based.” They’d use it as a negative. And what I did was turn that negative into a positive. I started embracing it like, “Yeah, I’m based.” I made it mine. I embedded it in my head. Based is positive.
During a year when Lil B’s influence was perhaps felt more than ever, though, the 28-year-old artist practically reinvented himself on Black Ken. It was the first full-length since 2015 from someone who used to release hundreds of songs annually. There was less madcap spontaneity, more composition. He produced all 27 tracks himself. And though Lil B has long alternated between styles — performing exaggerated or otherwise askew versions of rap braggadocio, inanity, density, and other tropes — Black Ken really revealed the doting study of hip-hop history at the core of his catalog.
Because I’m real hip-hop, I’m real rap, I’m an MC. I record over MP3s. Send the beats, send a piece of rock, and I’ll make it a hit. Rapper Lil B has been banned from his official Facebook page for 30 days, according to reports.
Multiple women have come forward to The Daily Beast detailing how the social-media-obsessed rapper solicited provocative photos of them when they were underage. Outside Whole Foods, Lil B told me that Black Ken is one of his only releases that he reflects on critically, citing individual notes he’d like to change.
Since Lil B claims to have access to this higher power known as TheBasedGod, he was able to curse Durant after the Thunder All-Star disparaged his music in 2011. He appears to have a large, faithful following as a solo rapper based purely on social networks.
You may have heard TheBasedGod’s curse and Lil B bandied about for quite some time yet but have no idea what those words mean. This should clear that up. As he sits upon his perch, showing love to the new generation and giving away free art, the mystique that he came into the game with has all but evaporated.
The Based oeuvre is now sprawling and offers many interesting case studies in how and why trends bounce around the internet and then feather into the real world: The song “Thank You Based God” sparked a running Tumblr and message board meme in which photos of everyone from Barack Obama to Anna Karina crying tears of joy are photoshopped with the phrase on top. Fans now feverishly recite the phrase back to him at concerts. His ubiquitous adlibs of “Wooh!” and “Swag!” have been adopted as conversational expressions by fans and other rappers. One of Lil B’s most popular YouTube clips is an instructional clip for his “Cooking Dance,” an arms-only routine that entails pantomiming chef motions. Thousands of fans responded by uploading their own very creative clips.
But how mocking was it? Who else has accomplished what Lil B has? The unsigned rapper from unsung Berkeley, California, commands a Twitter following well over a million, for whom he’s known to tweet daily affirmations. (I’ll never forget this gem from November 14, 2010: all my people that have mild depression or severe dont worry because theres someone that loves u! and hes a rapper with gold teeth —Lil B.”) As he’s quick to point out, he follows a million people back, too, all by his own hand—no help from a manager or publicist, which he says he’s never had. At 19, he published a self-help book, and he has lectured to packed rooms at NYU and MIT And above all, over the past six years, across dozens of mixtapes and at least one self-produced instrumental album, Lil B has released over 100 hours of free music.