Archive for November, 2010
VIBE MAGAZINE 11-30-2010- The Big Q&A: Lil’ B Talks Collaborating With Jay Electronica, Kanye West Apology, And His Similarities to Nicki MinajTuesday, November 30th, 2010
With little more than a high-speed Internet connection and digital camera, Lil’ B spent the last year releasing stark, homemade music videos coupled with atypical rhymes, amassing a dedicated online following in the process.
Getting his start at the age of 14 with the juvenile West Coast rap group,The Pack, Brandon “Lil B” McCartney eventually saw a wide open lane for his solo career. By mid 2010, B—who also deemed himself as Based God—had released over 1,000 songs online and hundreds of self-produced music videos that showcased his hypnotic flow and off-kilter subject matter. Creating his own subgenre of “Based” rap music, B aligned himself with fellow online mogul Soulja Boy.
On Thanksgiving eve, VIBE received a rare phone call from Based God as he was putting the finishing touches on his latest digital release, Evil Red Flame, which he released the following day. Read on for what turned into what LIl B dubs a “historical conversation.” —Mikey Fresh
I’d say it will probably be to the people by Saturday (Ed note: Evil Red Flame was released on Thanksgiving Day). I’ll knock out about 5-7 songs an hour. But I practice them a lot, so when it comes to recording, it becomes subconscious. It’s like a blessing because I can mess up, and it still sounds good.
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If you’ve looked at the incredibly prolific, California-based rapper Lil B’s twitter at any point over the past few days, you know that he’s just released a new mixtape, Red Flame. B, of course, is heralding it as the greatest of all time. After a couple listens, this seems to be a bit of an exaggeration. Nevertheless, Red Flame is far from a disappointment, the tension between its introspective first half (sample song title: “Hate in My Hart”) and nonsensical conclusion (sample song title: “Bitch Im Bill Clinton”) driving a tape that compares with just about any full-length release in the Based God’s catalog. As one would expect, B brings together a strange, diverse group of beats, so in the spirit of our nonsensical habit of keeping track of awesome things Lil B does in list form, here are the five best things he raps over on Red Flame.
Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman – “Time to Say Goodbye”
The surprisingly moving “New York City Subway” finds Lil B reflecting on how beautiful our city can be in the wintertime. The origin of the sample is hinted at when he references The Godfather and admits to be “eating pasta all alone.” However, these Italian signifiers make his Spanish-language outro and repeated shout-outs to the Latin community seem even stranger than the original choice to rap over the world’s best selling classical artist.