MTV’s show The Vice Guide To Everything meets up with Lil B to talk about what, exactly, the fuck he is doing. Whoop! Swag! Cook! Knife! Shake! Whoop!
I’m not sure I’d call “based music” a genre, because I don’t think anyone other than Lil B could really do it and be taken seriously. Try to make a Lil B song and you’ll probably look like an asshole. I know because I’ve tried many, many times (I was close with “I’m Tanya Harding”). After each one, I’d look at myself, and sure enough, I looked like an asshole.
Whether or not you like Lil B, understand Lil B, or think what Lil B is doing has any value, it’s hard not to at least pay attention to him. Personally, I think he’s one of the most interesting artists out. He’s a digital marketing master, and he probably doesn’t even know it (or maybe he does, which would make him even more of a genius). If I just heard one Lil B song and knew nothing else about him, I probably would skip over it pretty quickly without giving it much thought. But once the idea of Lil B sinks in, it’s hard not to form an opinion. For most people, it’s an opinion of either love or hate, which is far better than one of indifference. Being remarkable in the music industry is not easy these days.
Personally, I am glad that Lil B exists. I think he is #rare, very #based, and we are all #blessed for his presence. I would never want all hip-hop to turn into Lil B’s music, but I think there’s room for variety. Some people act like one artist comes out and suddenly a whole genre is bound to go down that path. Music, more than ever, is fragmented into too many genres and sub-genres to name, and the days of an entire genre being dominated by one sound is coming to an end. J.Cole isn’t “saving” hip-hop, and Soulja Boy is not “ruining” hip-hop. Hip-hop is just growing and spreading out like branches on a tree. Decide for yourself what you like and what you don’t like, but don’t worry about some extreme sound (either positive or negative) taking the world over. There is room for both Soulja Boy and J.Cole, Lil B and Talib Kweli, Waka Flocka Flame and Theophilus London. Right?
I’m gonna go practice some cooking, throw up a shoutout to Lil B on Twitter and hope he RTs me, and maybe work on creating some more based music.