Lil B

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Lil B
Lil B Nuemos 2012.jpg
Lil B in 2012
Background information
Birth name Brandon McCartney
Also known as The BasedGod, Lil Boss
Born (1989-08-17) August 17, 1989 (age 25)[1][2]
Berkeley, California, United States
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper, author, motivational speaker, activist
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2004–present
Labels Jive Records, BasedWorld, Amalgam Digital, Fool's Gold[3]
Associated acts The Pack, Soulja Boy, Riff Raff
Website www.basedworld.com

Brandon McCartney (born August 17, 1989), known by his stage name Lil B or The BasedGod, is an American rapper and author from Berkeley, California. Lil B has recorded both solo and with The Pack. He is noted for his extensive use of social media websites such as MySpace and Twitter to build an online following.[4][5]

Music career

Early career

Brandon McCartney grew up in Berkeley, California, and attended high school at Albany High in Albany. He adopted the name Lil B, and began rapping at age 16 with San Francisco Bay Area based hip hop group The Pack. After two locally successful mixtapes, at the peak of the Bay Area's hyphy movement, the group's song "Vans" became a surprise hit. The song was ranked as the fifth best of 2006 by Rolling Stone magazine.[6] The strength of "Vans" led the group to release Skateboards 2 Scrapers, featuring a "Vans" remix with Bay Area rappers Too $hort and Mistah F.A.B.. In 2007, Lil B and The Pack released its first album, Based Boys.

Solo success (2010–present)

Aside from his involvement with The Pack, Lil B garnered popularity through the use of social media. He created over 155 MySpace pages for his music. He had recorded over 1,500 tracks as of July 2010, including hits "Like A Martian," "Wonton Soup," "Pretty Bitch," and "I'm God.",[7] all of which were released for free.

Lil B apparently signed a multiple-album deal with Amalgam Digital in 2010,[8][9] but has released only one record on that label; his subsequent records were released independently either through mixtape hosting website DatPiff, or on iTunes, published under "BasedWorld Records".

In November 2010, Lil B was featured on his first cover, in The FADER's 71st issue.[10]

Lil B released Angels Exodus on January 18, 2011, through Amalgam Digital, although he had previously released Rain in England on CD and Vinyl through Weird Forest Records in September 2010.

On August 11, 2012, Lil B stated on Facebook that the only official album he had released was Choices and Flowers under his alias "The BasedGod." He said that all other releases by him are mixtapes and that he was working on his first official Lil B studio album.[11] Before the first Lil B album comes out he will release a rock album.[12] He later stated that he was working on a new album as "The BasedGod" called Tears 4 God, which was released on December 30, 2012.[13] On September 16, 2012, he released a rock song, "California Boy."[14]

Other ventures

Author

Takin’ Over by Imposing the Positive! is a book written by Brandon McCartney and published through Kele Publishing in 2009.[15] The book is a collection of and written in the form of e-mails and text messages, and is written in such a way that the author is e-mailing the reader. Subjects include positivity, optimism, and living what he calls a "Based Lifestyle".[16] The book was passed out in an unscripted NYU lecture on March 2012.[17] On March 30, 2013 McCartney announced that he was in the process of writing his second book.[18]

Controversy

I'm Gay album

When Lil B released his fifth album, titled I'm Gay, he received several death threats. Although he is heterosexual, he says the title is a message of support to the LGBT community. Referring to the original definition of gay, he says he is gay because he is happy.[19]

Feud with Joe Budden

In 2010, a number of exchanges between Lil B and Joe Budden were had over Twitter. Joe Budden had been seeming to speak mockingly about Lil B's "Based" movement and his tweets, to which Lil B responded, initially friendly but then with insults.[20] Lil B went on to release a diss track called "T Shirts & Buddens",[21] which was then featured on his "Everything Based" mixtape. Lil B later apologized for his insults and noted his respect for Budden, calling him a "legend".[22]

Feud with Game

In 2011, after hearing a verse from Lil B on the Lil Wayne mixtape Sorry 4 the Wait, Compton rapper Game referred to Lil B as the "wackest rapper of all time." Lil B responded by calling Game "irrelevant," to which Game then threatened to knockout Lil B.[23] Game targeted Lil B in his verse in his track "Martians vs Goblins" featuring Lil Wayne and Tyler the Creator, with the line "Tie Lil B up to a tank full of propane, swag, now watch him cook". Lil B addressed this on his track "Tank of Propaine" on his "White Flame" mixtape. Several weeks later, the two settled their differences through Twitter after which Lil B urged fans to purchase Game's The R.E.D. Album.[24]

Feud with Joey Bada$$

Lil B took offense to the lyrics in the song "Survival Tactics" by late rapper Capital STEEZ, a founding member of the group Pro Era. In this, he raps, "They say hard work pays off / Well, tell the BasedGod don't quit his day job." Lil B responded with a song titled "I'm The Bada$$". Joey Bada$$ then responded with a song titled "Don't Quit Your Day Job!".[25] When the feud became public on Twitter, Joey became a target of a lot of attacks from Lil B's fans, which ended up with Joey deleting his Twitter account,[26] though restoring it later. In an interview with WWPR-FM, Joey Badass denied that he deleted his Twitter account because of Lil B's fans.[27] Later, in an interview with VladTV, Joey admitted the feud was created for publicity, and admitted he's a fan of Lil B's more serious work.

Feud with Kevin Durant

In 2011, NBA superstar Kevin Durant tweeted his befuddlement with Lil B's popularity, and Lil B responded by "cursing" Durant that he would never win the NBA championship.[28] The feud between the two has simmered since then, culminating in Lil B releasing the diss track "Fuck KD" in 2014 and even a commercial on NBA TV where Lil B calls out Kevin Durant.[29][30][31]

Artistry

Rapping technique

Slate columnist Jonah Weiner labeled him as one of a "growing number of weird-o emcees", calling him a "brilliantly warped, post-Lil Wayne deconstructionist from the Bay Area".[32]

Pitchfork contributor Mike Powell notes that "The issue isn't whether or not Lil B fans are "indentured to the idea of ironic fulfillment," but whether or not Lil B haters are indentured to outmoded ideas of artistic credibility. He's not making art designed to last the test of time, so holding him to the standards of timeless art is pointless. Ultimately, my take with Lil B is that he keeps the price of entry to his world so low that complaining about him is a waste of energy. He offers himself to his audience for nothing—giving him nothing shouldn't be hard. Furthermore, I don't even know what "ironic" means in the context of Lil B. If he really didn't think that the world was a beautiful and endlessly amusing place, where does he find the energy to keep rapping about it for free?"[33]

Musical critic Willy Staley described Lil B's work as "variegated", because it ranges from critical parodies of the hip-hop genre to "half new age, half spoken word". He further notes that Lil B draws from a large variety of genres, especially those not commonly used by other rappers. In an interview with Staley, Lil B agrees with this analysis, saying, "I can do 'Swag OD' but then my favorite musical artist right now could be Antony and the Johnsons. That's the difference between me and these other rappers, and other musical artists in general."[5]

Discography

Studio albums

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
Heat

[34]
US
R&B

[35]
US
New
Age

[36]
I'm Thraxx[4]
6 Kiss[4]
  • Released: December 22, 2009
  • Label: Permanent Marks
  • Formats: digital download
Rain in England[37]
  • Released: September 21, 2010
  • Label: Weird Forest
  • Formats: digital download
Angels Exodus[37]
  • Released: January 18, 2011
  • Label: Amalgam Digital
  • Formats: digital download
I'm Gay (I'm Happy)
  • Released: June 29, 2011
  • Label: Amalgam Digital
  • Formats: digital download
20 56
Choices and Flowers
(as The BasedGod)
  • Released: May 17, 2012
  • Label: BasedWorld Records
  • Formats: digital download
6
Tears 4 God[38]
(as The BasedGod)
  • Released: December 30, 2012
  • Label: BasedWorld Records
  • Formats: digital download
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.

Mixtapes

List of mixtapes, with year released
Title Album details
S.S. Mixtape Vol. 1 (with Young L as Young World)[39]
  • Released: November 27, 2007
  • Label: Young L Productions
  • Format: Digital download
S.S. Mixtape Vol. 2 (with Young L as Young World)[40]
  • Released: July 18, 2009
  • Label: Legendary Inc.
  • Format: Digital download
Dior Paint[41]
  • Released: March 25, 2010
  • Label: BasedWorld Records
  • Format: Digital download
Base World Pt. 1[42]
  • Released: May 7, 2010
  • Label: BasedWorld Records
  • Format: Digital download
Pretty Boy Millionaires (with Soulja Boy)[43]
  • Released: July 5, 2010
  • Label: SODMG Records
  • Format: Digital download
Roses Exodus[43]
  • Released: September 14, 2010
  • Label: BasedWorld Records
  • Format: Digital download
Paint[44]
  • Released: September 25, 2010
  • Label: BasedWorld Records
  • Format: Digital download
Everything Based[43]
  • Released: July 23, 2010
  • Label: BasedWorld Records
  • Format: Digital download
Blue Flame[43]
  • Released: September 13, 2010
  • Label: BasedWorld Records
  • Format: Digital download
MF Based[43]
  • Released: September 27, 2010
  • Label: BasedWorld Records
  • Format: Digital download
Gold Dust[43]
  • Released: October 19, 2010
  • Label: BasedWorld Records
  • Format: Digital download
Where Did The Sun Go[43]
  • Released: November 5, 2010
  • Label: BasedWorld Records
  • Format: Digital download
Red Flame[43]
  • Released: November 9, 2010
  • Label: BasedWorld Records
  • Format: Digital download
Red Flame: Evil Edition[43]
  • Released: November 25, 2010
  • Label: BasedWorld Records
  • Format: Digital download
MM..Christmas[43]
  • Released: December 24, 2010
  • Label: BasedWorld Records
  • Format: Digital download
The Myspace Collection[45]
  • Released: February 11, 2011
  • Label: BasedWorld Records
  • Format: Digital download
Red Flame: Devil Music Edition[43]
  • Released: February 18, 2011
  • Label: BasedWorld Records
  • Format: Digital download
Illusions Of Grandeur[42]
  • Released: March 10, 2011
  • Label: BasedWorld Records
  • Format: Digital download
Bitch Mob: Respect Da Bitch Vol.1[43]
  • Released: May 16, 2011
  • Label: BasedWorld Records
  • Format: Digital download
I Forgive You[42]
  • Released: August 28, 2011
  • Label: BasedWorld Records
  • Format: Digital download
Black Flame[42]
  • Released: September 13, 2011
  • Label: BasedWorld Records
  • Format: Digital download
The Silent President[42]
  • Released: October 11, 2011
  • Label: BasedWorld Records
  • Format: Digital download
BasedGod Velli[42]
  • Released: November 14, 2011
  • Label: BasedWorld Records
  • Format: Digital download
Blue Eyes[43]
  • Released: December 20, 2011
  • Label: BasedWorld Records
  • Format: Digital download
Goldhouse[43]
  • Released: December 25, 2011
  • Label: BasedWorld Records
  • Format: Digital download
White Flame[42]
  • Released: January 31, 2012
  • Label: BasedWorld Records
  • Format: Digital download
God's Father[42][43]
  • Released: February 27, 2012
  • Label: BasedWorld Records
  • Format: Digital download
#1 Bitch[43]
  • Released: March 30, 2012
  • Label: BasedWorld Records
  • Format: Digital download
The BasedPrint 2[43]
  • Released: April 9, 2012
  • Label: BasedWorld Records
  • Format: Digital download
Trapped In BasedWorld[43]
  • Released: April 25, 2012
  • Label: BasedWorld Records
  • Format: Digital download
Water Is D.M.G. Pt. 1[43]
  • Released: May 29, 2012
  • Label: BasedWorld Records
  • Format: Digital download
Green Flame[43]
  • Released: June 23, 2012
  • Label: BasedWorld Records
  • Format: Digital download
Based Freestyle Collection[46]
  • Released: July 2, 2012
  • Label: BasedWorld Records
  • Format: Digital download
Rich After Taxes[43]
  • Released: July 5, 2012
  • Label: BasedWorld Records
  • Format: Digital download
Task Force[43]
  • Released: July 21, 2012
  • Label: BasedWorld Records
  • Format: Digital download
Obama BasedGod[43]
  • Released: July 30, 2012
  • Label: BasedWorld Records
  • Format: Digital download
Based Jam[43]
  • Released: August 29, 2012
  • Label: BasedWorld Records
  • Format: Digital download
Frozen[43]
  • Released: September 7, 2012
  • Label: BasedWorld Records
  • Format: Digital download
Illusions of Grandeur 2[43]
  • Released: October 9, 2012
  • Label: BasedWorld Records
  • Format: Digital download
Halloween H2O[12]
  • Released: October 29, 2012
  • Label: BasedWorld Records
  • Format: Digital download
Crime Fetish[43]
  • Released: November 22, 2012
  • Label: BasedWorld Records
  • Format: Digital download
Glassface[43]
  • Released: December 8, 2012
  • Label: BasedWorld Records
  • Format: Digital download
Pink Flame[43]
  • Released: February 3, 2013
  • Label: BasedWorld Records
  • Format: Digital download
P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thug)[43]
  • Released: March 24, 2013
  • Label: BasedWorld Records
  • Format: Digital download
100% Percent Gutta[47]
  • Released: June 10, 2013
  • Label: BasedWorld Records
  • Format: Digital download
05 Fuck Em[48]
  • Released: December 24, 2013
  • Label: BasedWorld Records
  • Format: Digital download
Basedworld Paradise[49]
  • Released: February 16, 2014
  • Label: BasedWorld Records
  • Format: Digital download
Hoop Life[50]
  • Released: June 1, 2014
  • Label: BasedWorld Records
  • Format: Digital download
Ultimate Bitch[43]
  • Released: October 14, 2014
  • Label: BasedWorld Records
  • Format: Digital download

Albums with The Pack

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Heat US R&B US
Ind
Skateboards 2 Scrapers (with The Pack)
Based Boys (with The Pack)
  • Released: October 30, 2007
  • Label: Up All Nite, Zomba, Jive
  • Formats: CD, digital download
14 57 46
Wolfpack Party (with The Pack)
  • Released: August 24, 2010
  • Label: Indie Pop, SMC
  • Formats: CD, digital download
13 65
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.

Guest appearances

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Trap Ball" 2010 Tony Yayo & Danny Brown Hawaiian Snow
"Trippin'"
"30 Thousand 100 Million"[51] Soulja Boy The DeAndre Way
"Bad Captain Swag"[52] Sole and the Skyrider Band Hello Cruel World
"Grove St. Party Freestyle" 2011 Lil Wayne Sorry 4 the Wait
"Bird Talk Remix"[53] 2013 Fredo Santana N/A
"Make It Work Remix" 2014 Soulja Boy N/A
"I Got That Sack" Soulja Boy King Soulja II

Filmography

Film
Year Film Role Notes
2014 Basedworld[54] as Himself Documentary

References

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