Archive for July, 2010
MTV NEWS – “Lil B Is Taking The Net By Storm, One Freestyle At A Time ‘I made about 155 MySpace pages’ and 1,500 songs, the self-described ‘based god’ tells Mixtape Daily.”Friday, July 30th, 2010
Hip-Hop has always been filled with eccentric, over-the-top personalities. Acts like ODB, Kanye West and even Lil Wayne have drawn plenty of “oohs” and “ahhs” with their rhymes, but they’ve also raised a few eyebrows with their antics. But when it comes to unique personalities, rapper Lil B is certainly making a name for himself.
A member of the Berkeley, California, group the Pack, Lil B has emerged as a force all his own. He’s amassed quite a following, written a book titled “Takin’ Over” and recently performed a sold-out show at Santos Party House in New York City. The self-proclaimed “based god” has released hundreds of songs and videos (for his “based” freestyles and songs) in hopes of getting people together.
“Well, based really is being yourself, being positive, not really worrying too much about what people think about you. Really saying what comes to your mind first,” Lil B told Mixtape Daily. “It’s like unconscious. Really not premeditating, saying, ‘Imma do this, I’mma say this, I’mma be this way,’ but really just going with the flow.”
THE NEW YORK TIMES GIVES LIL B 5 STARS FOR HIS SELLOUT PERFORMANCE IN NYC and VILLAGE VOICE top quotes!!Monday, July 26th, 2010
And Village Voice
Music Top live show Lil B
A controversial rapper lets his consciousness stream at Santos. By Jesse Serwer
Photograph: Ethan Higbee Santos Party House; Sat 24
Surrealist automatism, throw-everything-against-the-wall Internet multimedia strategy and The Secret–style affirmative thinking come together in the music of impossibly prolific, maddeningly inconsistent and sporadically brilliant Bay Area rapper Lil B. Though his official releases include 2009 LPs I’m Thraxx and 6 Kiss; Pretty Boy Millionaires, a recent EP with new ally Soulja Boy; and Takin’ Over, a motivational self-help book, the 20-year-old’s medium of choice is what he calls “based freestyles”: off-the-cuff, stream-of-consciousness rhymes that vary wildly in quality and clarity.
A sampling of the several hundred recordings and YouTube videos Lil B has released in the past year reveals an eclectic mix of irrational boasting (“Like a Martian”), ruminations on life’s meaning (the Elliott Smith–sampling “The World’s Ending”), biographical sketches (“The Bible”) and blasphemous proclamations of greatness (“I’m God,” “Look Like Jesus”). He delights in provoking: In a questionably conceived yet admirable effort to challenge the hip-hop status quo, the by-all-indications-straight rapper has begun referring to himself as a “pretty bitch” and “faggot.” Less controversially, his vérité YouTube videos often depict such atypical settings as a suburban soccer game or a Waspy rural country club.
While Lil B’s unorthodox presentation and fondness for airy, ambient beats have earned him a growing following among bloggers and hipster DJs, don’t mistake his over-the-top character for caricature or an ironic pose. Even in his most absurd moments, he’s as straight-faced and serious as rap’s most infamous Bellevue patient, Kool Keith.