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03:33 PM ET, 06/30/2011

Lil B, the Berkeley, Calif.-born rapper who released the surprise hit “Vans” while part of hip hop group the Pack in 2006 and has won solo stardom through MySpace hits like “Wonton Soup,” just dropped a new album, and it’s won us over at BlogPost in more ways than one.

Post music critic Chris Richards interviewed Lil B just before his concert in the District last October, writing that despite his need to hyper-share, Lil B “manages to imbue his music with a sense of intimacy, tempering oddball boasts with warmth and enthusiasm.”

Lil B released his enthusiastic new album “I’m Gay (I’m Happy)” on iTunes yesterday. Here’s why we love it:

1.  His message

Lil B, who is heterosexual, chose the title “I’m Gay” for his album to send a message. Lil B told CNN:

I hope that I can turn some of my fans that might be homophobic or supporters that might be homophobic and say, “You know what, we’re all one people. This is love.” It’s just respect, and I did that to bring people together and bring more love and to spark the minds of people and not let words and judgments and stereotypes stop you from loving.

2. The album cover

The cover art of the album is an homage to Marvin Gaye’s song “I Want You,” featuring Ernie Barnes’s painting “Sugar Shack,” which the Awl points out was also featured in the opening credits of the TV Show “Good Times.”

Of course, Lil B isn’t the first to resurrect Gaye 40 years after the album “What’s Going On” that changed us all. Kanye West just got a hit out of a song entitled “Marvin Gaye and Chardonnay.”

3. He did it on his own

Music blog Complex writes: “Lil B just did the unthinkable and released his debut retail album “I’m Gay” on his own, out of nowhere.”

One fan tweeted:

Lil B released his retail album without it leaking. After over a decade of trying, no major record label has figured out how to do this.less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet ReplyBrendan Frederick


4. And….the music

The three tracks we’ve heard have affirmed that Lil B could, indeed, fit into the genre of hipster rap, but that doesn’t mean we don’t like it. Unfortunately, the tracks are all expletive-laden, so we can’t embed them below. But we leave you with these lyrics from his track “I Hate Myself”:

“I’m ready to give up my old thoughts/I’ma move past what a saw/I’ma do what a want and be happy/I’m not gonna rob or kill to survive/Everything I seen was a lie/I’m not ready to die/I love myself…”



Lil B was born on August 17th, 1989 according to

August 17th, 1989

August 17th

8 + 17 +2+0+1+0 = 28 = his personal year (from August 17th, 2010 to August 16th, 2011) = I’m gay.  Bold.  Daring.

28 year + 6 (June) = 34 = his personal month (from June 17th, 2011 to July 16th, 2011) = Generating a buzz.




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Jun 23 2011 5:36 PM EDT

It’s been nearly four years since Evanescence wrapped the tour
in support of their last album, The Open Door. In that time, singer Amy
Lee has been hard at work doing anything but fronting a globally
successful rock act. Sure, she wrote some songs along the way, but mostly, her
focus was on being, as she puts it, “a normal person.” And, yes, she enjoyed
every minute of it.



“I would buy groceries, I thought about teaching kids music … I just needed
to get away from it. My entire adult life, until a couple years ago, was all
about this,” she told MTV News. “When I just turned 18, I got signed. I quit
college, and we just moved into a house together and just started cramming to do
whatever we needed to do to make it. And then we went to L.A., and the label had
us up there doing artist development for a couple years, and then we were on
tour and it went big fast, and then right after touring behind Fallen, we
started writing again right away. … I just wanted to be a normal person for a
minute, before I was 50 years old.

“I got married and we were in the middle of a tour — I had, like, one week
off, and then we went straight back on tour — and there was plenty of
stuff that went on in that time; there was drama … there’s always
freaking drama,” she continued. “So we get towards the end of it, and I was
like, ‘Guys, I don’t know about this. I need a break.’ I just wanted to be
normal; I didn’t want to think about the next thing for as long as it took.”

And considering how hard she worked at avoiding Evanescence, it’s ironic that
all it took was a single show with the band — a 2009 warm-up gig for a
headlining spot at the Maquinária festival in Brazil — to remind her of just how
much she missed her former life. And from that moment on, things changed.

“I had to get back together with all the guys, and we practiced all the old
stuff, getting a set together, and I enjoyed it so much. I started falling back
in love with … that part of me, the Evanescence part,” she said. “I’d kind of
been doing everything else, writing-wise, by myself, and I was like, ‘Oh yeah, I
love this stuff too. Maybe we should all make a record!’ ”

So, recharged, Evanescence did
just that
, heading to Blackbird Studio in Nashville to work with producer
Nick Raskulinecz on the follow-up to The Open Door. They’ve nearly
finished — Lee said there are currently 16 songs at or near completion — and
earlier this week, their longtime label, Wind-up Records announced that the
album would be hitting stores October 4.

Lee told MTV News that the new album will be self-titled, a decision that’s
not only symbolic, but an all-out statement too.

“It’s about the band; it’s more of a band record. But I started
thinking about it, and it’s also that this whole record and the lyrical content
and a lot of the things that it’s about to me is about falling back in love with
this thing, with Evanescence, with what I’ve obsessed over for a decade, longer
than that,” she said. “And it took me a minute, I definitely stepped away from
it in a big way, and went, ‘OK, guys, I don’t know what we’re going to do. I
don’t know what’s going to happen here. Let’s just live our lives for a while
and see what happens next.’ ”

And while it’s difficult for Lee to describe just how the new songs sound
(“It’s epic, it’s dark, it’s big, it’s beautiful … all of those things,” she
laughed), she knows exactly how they make her feel — and after such a
long time away from the group, that’s more important to her than anything else.

“There’s a huge body of work right now, 16 songs, and obviously not all of
them can be on the record, and that’s going to be a heartbreaking moment. But,
for me, when I listen to them, it’s a journey,” she said. “It takes you on an
emotional ride … it takes you to a lot of different places, emotionally. It
makes me feel really happy, because even the songs that are desperate,
like, those desperate feelings were turned into something beautiful and
productive and great. There’s songs that are painful, but listening to them
makes me feel so good, because I took that pain and made it out of it by using
music as an outlet and turning it into something great, moving on with my life,
being productive instead of sitting around in a rut.”



Amy Lee was born on December 13th, 1981 according to

December 13th, 1981

December 13th

12 + 13 +2+0+1+0 = 28 = her personal year (from December 13th, 2010 to December 12th, 2011) = Making the impossible possible.



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