Lil B is making a rare stop in Boston on Sunday with his freewheeling hip-hop freak show. Rest assured, it will be an occasion.
While many rappers talk about swag, Lil B has formed a cult around it.
This swag takes him many places, from the lectern at NYU to stages around the world. It also spawned a meme and a Based tumblr. Undoubtedly, it will lead to impromptu freak outs at the Middle East this coming Sunday, when he blesses Boston for only the second time.
For a rapper, Lil B diversifies his fan base portfolio.
His message of positivity, of being based, clearly connects.
His rabid Twitter following convincingly proves this, with female followers cheering the loudest. That doesn’t mean he’s without his critics—his absurdity can polarize. Lacking the technical mic skills of elite emcees—in fact, flaunting his flaws—he can prove vexing at first listen, an easy target for haters. But when you get “it,” if you “get” it, there are few artists with such a bizarre charm, especially in the hip-hop world. Acknowledge the knowledge.
And few artists are as prolific. In 2012 alone, the Based God has already dropped thirteen mixtapes. Granted, not all of them are gems, but the output is staggering. God’s Father, a release from February, is by far the most consistent and cosmically compelling.
Most recently, Lil B has flipped the script. Along with putting out Frozen, a new mixtape, he also dropped “California Boy,” a parodic rock song that lays on the cheese factor thick but still, improbably, works. It’s as if he saw Lil Wayne try his hand at rocking, picked up a Flying V, and did him one better.
The BasedGod self-consciously made a bad rock record, but his is the sugary sweet byproduct of a trickster and fan of Best Coast, not a hollow pet project of a diva—sorry Weezy.
Rest assured, Sunday will be wild. Lil B may be a bit ridiculous from time to time, but he’s never boring.
STEADY LEANIN’ & LEEDZ EDUTAINMENT PRESENT:
LIL’ B THE BASED GOD
MIDDLE EAST DOWNSTAIRS
480 MASS AVE.
7PM/ALL AGES/$20 ADV, $25 DOS