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 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lil_b
August 17th, 1989
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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