Chicago raper Rhymefest and Lil B have engaged in a slight rap beef after the West Coast rapper addressed criticism over his upcoming I’m Gay album title and called out Rhyme’s lack of marketing.
Asked for an opinion on Rhymefest previously saying he needed a father figure in his life, Lil B gave a direct response to the Chicago rhyme slinger.
“I’m going to say, who is Rhymefest? So he needs to work on promoting and marketing himself, because I don’t know him. But what I feel about his comment is that it’s true, I needed a father figure in my life, but I’m not complaining about that. What do you mean, I need that? Tell Rhymefest I’m very happy. Tell Rhymefest I actually wake up and I’m happy, and I’m positive and I love people. Ask Rhymefest, does he feel the same way?” (CNN)
Wednesday (June 1) morning, Rhymefest hit up Twitter and addressed Lil B.
“@BryceSail88 oh btw when he sent Kanye [West] a tweet saying he was gonna f*ck him in the a** did you ask him not to knock Ye’s hustle imjussayin”
“@BryceSail88 ok I have a challenge for myself and LilB that can help a lit of young people”
“@BryceSail88 I have a challenge that if you get him to agree can Change lives positively” (Rhymefest’s Twitter)
In April, Rhymefest’s run at becoming his city’s alderman ended in defeat.
With 84 percent of precincts in, Willie Cochran had 54.6 percent to 45.4 percent for Smith, a Grammy-winning rap artist. Earlier tonight, Smith’s election night party was underway with hip hop music blasting from large speakers when the candidate arrived. A small group of mostly young people followed his mist green Cadillac. Holding his grandmother on one arm and his wife on the other, Smith said he felt a lot of energy at the polls. “It’s not about me winning or losing, it’s about hope,” Smith said. “Eleven and 12 year old children ask me ‘can you stop the gang banging?’ I say ‘you have to help too.’ ” “People want little things like a quizno’s or subway in the neighborhood. They want somewhere to get a sandwich on 63rd,” he said. (Chicago Tribune)
In light of Lil B’s I’m Gay title, SOHH hit up New York’s Power 105.1 radio host Angela Yee to get her take.
“Even with dance artists or big R&B artists like Beyonce, Rihanna and Nicki Minaj, who has a huge gay fan base, those are the people that are going out and buying the albums and showing support,” Yee added. “So I feel like the same thing could potentially happen for somebody like Lil B where the gay community could really embrace and support him [whether he’s gay or not]. It’s a statement that’s made that has people talking. It’s like when Nas decided he wanted to call his  album N*gger. It didn’t work out, but there was a huge uproar over that. I think anything that creates dialogue in our community is a good thing.” (SOHH)
Check out some recent Lil B footage below: