can you explain this? is it serious?
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I’m from Boston, read barstool all the time and think that the ask a black blogger part is awesome. Now I feel like I know black culture pretty well, I know some full verses to some big Punn’s songs and even like Rick Ross, and even if I don’t neccesarily understand black people I’m usually not shocked by the things they do or like. That is until this January when my black friend Andrell made me listen to Lil B or Base God. This guy is seriously the worst rapper I have ever heard. He has a song where 90% of the lyrics are “Justin Bieber”, he dosnt ryme any words and non of his analogies make any sense at all. Now I thought my friend was just fucking with me and the whole thing is just some conspiracy to see if white people are dum enough to like whatever shitty rapper that black people are into, but this dude isn’t going away and hes on lil’wayne songs and it seems like he has real fan support from th black community. So my question is this, why the heck to Black people like Lil B?
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I don’t know if you’ve heard of this rapper Lil B, but his shit is priceless. He used to be in the rap group The Pack, and now he’s gone solo and literally every song is about getting his dick sucked. But, what puts him over the top is his song “Look Like Jesus” where the chorus states “hoes on my dick cause I look like Jesus”. If you’re not down with the blasphemy, check out his other songs, one aptly titled “Hoes On My Dick” which he performs with Andy Milonakis. This song is riddled with one-liner gems such as “hoes on my dick cause I looks like Santa” and “I look like Bill Gates mixed with Obama”. None of his shit makes any sense, but its all hilarious and gangsta as fuck.
I didn’t have the heart to lead off with the actual video you linked to John, mostly because it could literally be the worst song possible for listening to Lil B the first time, which I expect this to be for some of you.
Lil B (aka Based God) is the type of person who at first will make you think he is either a genius or full blown retarded, then force you sometime later to believe the complete opposite. I’ve switched at least a dozen times. The song you linked to almost did it again.
But right now I’m firmly in the genius camp. And I’m not alone. Dude is about to give a lecture series at NYU sometime soon, and has been given a platform by other distinguished blahblahblah’s to do other stuff that’s normally restricted to the extraordinarily brilliant or affluent. Why? Because somewhere, hidden inside all of the elementary school rhymes and gunplay and sexual nonsense, is an enormous reservoir of fearless creativity. And talent. Maybe a bit more of the former than the latter but both are still there and they’re refreshing to hear.
Now I’m an old school hip hop fan and understand the backlash this cat gets from more conservative rap fans and older rappers. The guy is a weirdo in weird clothes with a weird rap style. Plus there’s the whole borderline sexuality thing where he named his first album “I’m Gay”, calls himself the #1 Bitch, yet brags in his music about the girls he fucks and is often offered other people’s girls to fuck (“fuck my bitch Based God“). It immediately catches you off guard and if you have even an ounce of homophobia in you it can be a definite turn off. But he and his fans swear he’s not gay, and even if he was, I doubt most of them would even care.
Oh yeah, and there’s the whole Based thing. This is the definition Lil B gave Complex:
“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.”
So, John, to answer your question: yes, this is serious. But in the same way it really isn’t. The guy puts out a new mixtape like every week filled with songs he writes on the fly, so take it for what you will. But know that within both the Black and Hip Hop communities Lil B remains a point of division. Some like him and some don’t. But I’m sure for all of them, regardless of how they feel, Lil B would wish nothing but positivity and happiness. And for bitches to suck their dicks. #Based. #TYBG
PS – I mean really, how can you dislike a guy who tweets stuff like this?
PPS – I’ve had a thing for the two Smokes in the Ellen Degeneres video for about a year now.