Seven years ago, Lil B announced a mixtape called Black Ken , just a blip amid the 13 other projects he released that year. In the past few years, that influence has been celebrated by his peers, unprompted, from Kendrick to Metro Boomin to Danny Brown. Put simply: Based God was right. His free-verse mindspray has nudged rappers away from more structured lyricism, and his tear-soaked Imogen Heap-core beats have spawned micro-genres of their own, but a purely stylistic reading of Lil B feels insufficient. His benevolent cult-leader persona—a Zenned-out internet addict in tiny pants with a direct line to the wise and mysterious Based God—has certainly laid the groundwork for a generation of social media myth-builders. Since the Myspace days, which he spent uploading countless based freestyles to his plus pages, some have argued for Lil B as a rapper whose appeal lies in his subversion of rap conventions: his unedited stream of consciousness, his wide-eyed mysticism, his insistence on his visual similarity to J. Black Ken —released nearly two years after his last project —offers a striking argument to the contrary. Lil B is great, Black Ken affirms, not because he disrupts hip-hop but because he embodies it so completely—an endlessly curious student of rap, enamored of the form enough to spend a decade thoroughly deconstructing it, asking what it all means, then putting it back together again.
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Brandon Christopher McCartney born August 17, ,   professionally known as Lil B and as his alter ego The BasedGod , is an American rapper, motivational speaker , and activist. His solo work spans several genres, including hip hop , new age , indie rock and choral music. He describes his work as "based", a term which denotes a lifestyle of positivity and tolerance; and is noted for his extensive use of social media to build an online cult following. After two locally successful mixtapes, at the peak of the Bay Area's hyphy movement , the group's song " Vans " became a surprise hit. The song was ranked as the fifth best of by Rolling Stone magazine. On December 29, , it was announced and confirmed that Lil B apparently signed an album deal with Amalgam Digital. On April 14, , Lil B announced that his next album would be entitled I'm Gay , which caused a degree of controversy.
The talk sold out ten minutes after being announced on Twitter.
January 03, Music. One afternoon recently, a security guard at Whole Foods in Oakland named Reggie excitedly approached the rapper Lil B and let loose a torrent of meme-speak — "taskforce," "based," "rare," et cetera. Reggie then told Lil B how a lot of the people he grew up with in Pennsylvania went to prison on nonviolent pot charges, inspiring his interest in drug-law reform. It's Reggie's positive contribution to the world, he said. Clad in a beige velour tracksuit, Lil B nodded approvingly, his braids bobbing, and then agreed to appear on Reggie's Snapchat. Holding up his one purchase, he shouted out coconut water. The encounter illustrated the weird world of Lil B the BasedGod, the hip-hop enigma from Berkeley who's been feted by critics as a post-internet auteur and inspired countless other artists — all without a manager or a record label. Fans adopt his lingo. The sports world considers him supernatural. And hip-hop in — say, the scrappy outlandishness of so-called "SoundCloud rap" or the anime effervescence of Lil Yachty — was unthinkable without the persona and voluminous, self-released output of Lil B.
This post was contributed by a community member. The views expressed here are the author's own. Lil B, who chose music over college after graduating in from Albany High School, will be lecturing. I got a bachelor's in life, a bachelor's in peace. The event won't be the first time Lil B's voice has sounded in the ivory tower. Yeah is this what you really want, you got me in the flesh now No, I'm not stressed out, I'm God, I'm the best out Cal Performances, you've been told! The new rap God even wears Cal colors.