SOHH Whatcha Think: Don't Hate The Game: Is Lil B Really The Wackest Of All Time? [Click Here & Speak]
Monday, Aug 22, 2011 12:30AM
Rapper Game recently made waves when, after being prompted during an interview, named Bay area artist Lil B as the wackest rapper of all time.
[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH.com]
Here is the verse that made Game title Based God the WOAT.
Lil Wayne f/ Lil B "Grove St. Party"
Lil B's stream-of-consciousness style of rap (a method also used by Ghostface and MF Doom) is a little, er ... different, but his massive following and international status is evidence that someone out there likes the guy.
Which leads to our question of the day: With fans around the world and tracks alongside some of popular names in rap (9th Wonder, Lil Wayne and Phonte just to name a few) is it really fair to call Lil B the wackest rapper of all time?
There are alot of terrible rappers out there, and fortunately, their career never advances beyond house party ciphers and YouTube clips. On the flipside, we all know someone who had the ability, ambition and talent, but never got any further than local talent shows; if they were lucky, maybe opened up for "MC Relevant" once
Despite how you feel about an artist personally, the fact remains that connecting musically with people all over the world (Lil B was recently on tour in Switzerland) is difficult for a great rapper, let alone a wack one. Controversy and a powerful cosign can only one so far, in the end, its about finding an audience that, for whatever reason, wants to hear what you have to say. In Based God's case, the things he has to say are occasionally incoherent, often nonsensical and frequently off-beat, but he is never without a room full of fans ready to listen.
Yet and still, rappers like Freddie Gibbs will likely never buy into his style of rap.
"No f*ck sh*t. This ain't no Lil B Based God or no f*cking f*ggot sh*t like that up here," Freddie told fans at a Southpaw Brooklyn show April 27th. "What the f*ck you thought this was? N*gga this is real rap. N*gga. Based God get the f*ck outta here n*gga."(YouTube)
Earlier this year, respected lyricist Lupe Fiasco posted a blog which supported the Based God's movement.
What gets Lil B admission into my coveted genre of "Liberation Rock" is his absolute lack of fear when it comes to challenging the status quo. Whether it be in hip-hop, which is very elitist and caste and class oriented, or just society in general, which is very elitist and class centric ... Some of Lil B's past works have been underwhelming to say the least and at moments I would seriously consider heading out for smoother pavement. But every now and again an absolute jewel would come to the surface and I'd find myself unable to fathom leaving this kids side for any reason.(LupeFiasco.com)
There you have it: Two artists with opposite views on the same rapper. Like most who have heard Lil B, its love or hate, with very few in between. Some say he's killing Hip Hop, others say he's making his own lane. What say you?
SOHH Watcha Think -- International shows. Top-notch guest features. Is it really fair to title Lil B the wackest of all time?
[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH]