News: Lil B On The State Of Hip-Hop, "It's A Joke to Me Now" [Video]

Monday, Jan 23, 2012 12:47PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

West Coast rapper Lil B recently dished out his feelings on the current state of hip-hop and admitted after years of respect for the game, rap has simply turned into a joke.

Lil B blames a lack of seriousness and authenticity for plaguing hip-hop.

"I've [taken] rap one hundred percent seriously for so long, that I see it now, it's a joke to me now because with a lot of the rap artists that are in it, they're not truly authentic," Lil B reasoned in an interview. "How I feel about authentic is that my whole past is there. Anything that I talk about, you can just check up -- Do I think rap's a joke and I'm having fun? I'm not going to lie. Right now, it is a joke because my life has been so real. Life is so real, bro. I almost lost my life numerous times, like in the streets and everything." (107.5 WGCI)

Known for making controversial statements and records, Lil B dropped his "I Got AIDS" song to help spark HIV awareness last November.

Lil B's unrelenting stream of music videos might be slowed down for a bit -- and by "a bit" I mean like two or three days -- because dude's apparently got a new mixtape dropping soon. It's called BasedGod Velli and it depicts the Bay Area rapper looking just like Tupac, who you might recall dropped an album under the name Makaveli. The word is that Lil B's new tape is due out today or tomorrow, but until that time comes you can get a feel for the project right now with "I Got AIDS." It's his very own AIDS awareness song and it mostly focuses on the Based God urging his listeners to get tested for STDs. While we've heard him dwell in this kind of lyrical territory before, it still will be interesting to hear how this track fits into the entirety of BasedGod Velli. (Prefix Mag)

Despite its controversial title, Lil B's I'm Gay (I'm Happy) album received high praise from Grammy-winning rapper Lupe Fiasco over the summer.

"I won't carry on much longer but I did want to get to the content. Now normally reviewers delve deeply or comparatively lightly when talking about an album. They mention favorite songs or less than favorites for that matter, maybe even breaking them down and bringing finer points of production or lyrical execution to light. Well I'm not going to mess about with any of that. At the end of the day it's all opinion and one man's trash is another man's treasure. If you like it you like it if you don't you don't. The reason I give this album entrance into my "Liberation Rock" library hangs on the power and impact of just one single, solitary line uttered by Lil B in the midst of the entire work that is "I'm Gay." (Lupe Fiasco's Blog)

Recentlly, hip-hop veteran DJ Prince Paul told SOHH he felt hip-hop was hurting from a lack of passion.

"I think hip-hop is lacking genuine love," Paul told SOHH. "I can't even say we because the real hip-hop pioneers are like DJ Kool Herc even though people look at me and say, 'Oh, you're old school.' But when I came in, we really fought for the respectiability of the art. People who are researching the genre always forget this part. A while ago, people did not respect hip-hop or rap music as a viable source of music. We weren't allowed in awards shows and then once we were allowed in, it wasn't televised. I remember when I went off to college and being one of the few black people. I remember mentioning hip-hop and people saying, 'Ugh. That music?' We fought for the music, we fought for the love of the music. It seems like back then we fought to get considered as artists and now it's almost exploited. People are not like, 'I love hip-hop and I'll fight for it.' Now the idea is, 'I make money.' It's very little about the music and what can you 'get' from it. I think the love for the music is what's been missing from hip-hop." (SOHH)

Check out Lil B's interview below:

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