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Rap needs villains. They keep things interesting. For years, Suge Knight reigned as rap’s dominant supervillain, and he did it without rapping a single bar, which somehow makes it more impressive. Lately, Birdman has played a more low-key version of the domineering-label-owner type that Knight pioneered, but he’s enforced his dominance by locking people into… More »

For whatever reason, 2012 has been a big year for the critical reassessment of Lil B, and it’s not necessarily because of the music. In February, he was on the cover of Wire, probably the world’s most discerning music mag. In April, he gave a lecture at NYU, which is one of the nation’s most… More »

As a rule, Lil B’s name is usually orbiting somewhere in the blogosphere thanks to sheer output: arguably the most prolific rapper ever, he seems to have tapped into the subconscious brainzone where most humans supposedly never venture. (Has anyone given dude a positron emission tomography scan lately?) Not to perpetuate B’s own ever-expanding repertoire… More »

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Chance The Rapper Made An Album With Lil B

Chance The Rapper is a real team player. He’s one of rap’s young superstars at this point, but he seemed more than happy to slide into a supporting player role on Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment’s Surf, one of the best albums of the year so far. Now he’s just announced another collaboration, a… More »

By: Peter Helman / July 19, 2015 - 5:32 pm

Lil B May Have Cursed James Harden In Last Night’s Western Conference Finals Game

Back in 2011, after NBA star Kevin Durant made fun of Lil B on Twitter, Lil B laid “the Based God’s curse” on Durant, saying that Durant would never win an NBA championship. Thus far, it’s held true. Durant has an MVP award but no rings, and his career has been a series of near… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 22, 2015 - 10:27 am

Stream Gucci Mane Views From Zone 6 EP

Atlanta overlord Gucci Mane might be behind bars, but that sure as hell won’t stop him from trolling the rap game when it needs it. Last week the hip-hop world collectively lost its shit over Drake’s very good new mixtape If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late. But for a long time he’s been trumpeting… More »

By: Caitlin White / February 18, 2015 - 12:33 pm

Frank Ocean Is In The Studio With Lil B

Lil B and Frank Ocean are both musical cult heroes with vaguely cloudy aesthetics and attitudes that sure appear to be warmly positive, but beyond that, they have basically nothing in common. The Based God cranks out so many mixtapes that it’s practically impossible to stay on top of them, and Ocean has barely shared… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 29, 2014 - 12:29 pm

Ellery James Roberts (Ex-WU LYF) – “Kerou’s Lament”

Ellery James Roberts, former frontman of now-defunct Manchester band WU LYF, has released solo material via Tumblr. According to one post, the song “Kerou’s Lament” was “scripted/produced & sang lonesome in London spring time” and features uncleared samples of Clams Casino, Daniel Pinchbeck, and Lil B, who is really the perfect person to sample whe… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / June 25, 2013 - 10:45 am

Lil B & Joey Bada$$ Make Diss Songs Against Each Other

Rap has reached into weird directions when entire rap feuds can flare up and die down literally overnight. Here’s the history on this one: Last year, on Joey Bada$$’s breakout single “Survival Tactics,” Joey’s Pro Era collaborator Capital Steez, who has since taken his own life, had one stray line about Lil B: “They say… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 30, 2013 - 10:21 am

Lil B Goes Rock

Swag-rap enigma Lil B has made what might be his least explicable move yet: Leaping into rock music with a dippy soft-rock shimmer called “California Boy,” which may make you yearn for the halcyon days of Lil Wayne’s Rebirth. In the song’s video, he hangs out with Guitar Center types and gets his picture take… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 18, 2012 - 1:19 pm

Download Lil B Obama BasedGod

Once upon a time, Lil B asked us to call him “Obama BasedGod,” and he’s following through on this thematic thread with his new mixtape of the same name. The title track is one of the strongest cuts he’s put out in a while, where the BasedGod slows and speeds up his flow on to… More »

By: Corban Goble / July 30, 2012 - 3:20 pm

Lil B – “3 Stacks” Video (Celine Dion Sample)

It’s been a while since we posted a video from Oakland rapper/Internet phenomenon/#BasedWorld emperor Lil B, but please don’t confuse that for disrespect for the Based God; he posts a whole lot of videos. Today, though, comes the clip for “3 Stacks,” a track that samples Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” and contai… More »

By: Corban Goble / May 11, 2012 - 2:36 pm

Watch, Listen To, Or Read Lil B’s NYU Lecture

Though Lil B’s lecture at New York University last night ran the risk of being a bust, mostly thanks to the general media pileup (including our own Deconstructing column) that went down as it drew closer, the talk itself somehow superseded the hype. It certainly felt like an event, where a sold-out crowd stood o… More »

By: Corban Goble / April 12, 2012 - 10:05 am

Star Slinger – “Bad Bitches” (Feat. Stunnaman & Lil B)

UK sample maven Star Slinger stages a small reunion of Lil B’s original group the Pack (of “Vans” fame, most notably) on “Bad Bitches,” a loud, stuttering jam featuring Pack alums Stunnaman and the BasedGod. You can’t help but think of what it might sound like with the modern Young L on the production, but… More »

By: Corban Goble / April 5, 2012 - 10:17 am

Download Lil B #1 Bitch Mixtape

Less than a month ago, Lil B released his newest mixtape, the indefensibly long but surprisingly listenable God’s Father. And now he’s back with another one, with the characteristically provocative title #1 Bitch, and it’s even longer. The new one opens with the Based God rapping over a sample of Darth Vader’s Imperial March music,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 2, 2012 - 12:39 pm

Download Lil B God’s Father Mixtape

Today, Lil B hit the web with his latest mixtape, God’s Father, which naturally followed a flurry of new videos. I haven’t worked through all 34 tracks yet — B is nothing if not absurdly prolific — but from what I’ve gotten to, it appears that Lil B has returned to a more spaced-out,… More »

By: Corban Goble / March 7, 2012 - 12:08 pm

Lil B – “Unchain Me” Video

Surrealist rapper Lil B was dormant for a second there, on the video tip — where’d you go, BasedGod? — but recently he’s been back on his usual, manic grind. Here’s the video for the soulful I’m Gay standout “Unchain Me,” which finds the (mostly) shirtless rapper workin’ some stuff out on the beach. More »

By: Corban Goble / October 25, 2011 - 3:51 pm