You’re Killin’ Me: Lil B
This is a guest post written By Quez and may not necessarily reflect the views of Killerhiphop.com.
Usually this space is reserved for rappers that kill me with their stupidity. But, today I’m flipping the script, all because Lil B is killin’ it. I won’t lie; 2 months ago I would’ve wrote about Lil B’s toddler-like rhyme schemes. Then I’m Gay suddenly dropped. And I can’t let the week go by without acknowledging B’s genius. Revolutionary, but gay.
Words can’t even begin to explain what Brandon McCartney has done to Hip Hop. Let’s try either way. He began as another dude uploading nonsense YouTube videos. It wasn’t much but he worked very hard, and eventually Hip Hop started talking about this dude from The Pack. Yea Lil B. Basedgod still has kids all over the country cookin’. In New York he had dudes giving their girlfriends up to Basedgod as sacrifices. B’s YouTube channel has more subscribers than some artists VEVO channels. And recently, he inked a deal with touring giant Live Nation. Did I mention he is doing all of this without support from a major record label?
Up to that point I admired Lil B’s hustle but I still didn’t appreciate his music. Then he unexpectedly released the controversial Im Gay album. He released it with the intent of freeing people from mental slavery, saying words, “don’t mean sh*t”. At first, I thought it was all a gimmick where Lil B was trying to be controversial to sell albums. Then, Lil B tweeted “CUZ I LOVE YOU IF YOU DONT HAVE 10 DOLLERS TO BUY MY NEW PROJECT HERE IT GOES FOR FREE- Lil B :+)”. That’s right Lil B gave away his best work out for free. Lil B is not doing this to sell albums, he’s doing it to free people from mental slavery.
Lil B’s Im Gay is one of the most progressive albums directed at the youth over the past couple of years. With subject matters deeper than swag, cars, clothes, and hoes, Lil B explores subjects such as inequality and human suffering. Being an unsigned artist this is a huge deviation from what we’ve come to expect from upcoming rappers. Unlike most rappers Lil B never tried to fit the mold. In this day and age that can be considered suicide.
Excuse me if I sound cliche, but don’t be afraid to be yourself. One of Hip Hop’s weaknesses is brainwashing people into being uniform. If he’s wearing skinny jeans, I have to wear skinny jeans. Alright that dude is wearing a snap-back, I’m going to get a snap-back. And the list goes on and on. This is why Lil B’s I’m Gay is such a special project. It completely violates the status quo. Lil B has changed the way artists market themselves; I’m Gay has completely changed the way people are looking at Hip Hop and society, rarely will an album ever do that.
Lil B you’re killin’ it.
Stop being a slave to the race.
Written by @QuezKHH