Lil B Talks Based Freestyles And Turning Down Major Label Deals

The Based God explains how one fan is responsible for almost 1,200 songs, and what a major label has to do to make him upgrade his Vans.

“I love Jesus, man,” said Lil B during his first Atlanta performance, naturally named in his honor as Lil B Live in Atlanta: Presented by Fadia Kader/Broke & Boujee. The 21-year-old member of The Pack is either sacrilegious or an Internet sensation depending on who you ask. Onstage, he's genuinely amused while recounting the initial reaction to one of the more popular of his thousands of songs floating around online. “People kept saying, ‘Brandon, you can’t do that. You’re going to Hell.’” The “that” in question was Lil B recording “Look Like Jesus,” a song which extols the virtue of him being a “pretty bitch” and apparently having sex with hoes based on his resemblance to a certain Hebrew deity. He later directed a video for the song inside of a church.

A funny thing happened along the way—he didn’t go to Hell. He went to that rarified Internet space occupied by viral clips like Soulja Boy’s “Crank That” and “Two Girls, One Cup.” He went to blockbuster director Brett Ratner’s mansion, where they worked on a project that neither of them will publicly discuss. After being written off as a one-hit wonder following the success of The Pack’s single “Vans,” he rebuilt a fan base using that neon social-networking wasteland so many of us abandoned.

“There was this one dude on MySpace that supported me, Victor McCartney,” Lil B explains. “So I just kept making music for him—then Dolo and I got a bunch of other supporters. So one turned into thousands.”

B dubbed his lo-fi, stream of consciousness songs “Based Freestyles,” with the subject matter ranging from new dances to world affairs, or nothing at all.

“If you can be the realest you can be and put all of your emotion into it, I think people gravitate to the truth,” he explained. Not exactly rocket science, but at a time when men between the ages of 30 and 40 are making ringtone ditties for people half their age, few things in Hip Hop are. Comparatively speaking, Lil B might have more in common with Andy Warhol or Takashi Murkami than Satan, given his manipulation of Pop culture.

For those keeping track, Lil B currently has upwards of 150 MySpace pages, all with at least five songs on them. His YouTube channel boasts about 100 videos, most of which he directed. They also feature a watermark, which directs you to his Twitter feed, so you can become one of his 53,000 fans. While music execs were scratching their heads in disbelief that no one would pay $10 each for albums available free (albeit illegally) via the Internet, Lil B put a digital spin on a tried and true Bay Area formula.

“I was just watching E-40’s independent movie ‘Charlie Hustle,’” Lil B recounts. “It motivated me to the point of tears. It’s crazy to see how much people will try to hold you down, because 40 went through a lot of hate. But he just stayed consistent and kept pushing, and that’s how he got to where he is.”

Instead of moving tapes out of the trunk of a car like Too Short, E-40 and MC Hammer before him, Lil B just flooded the market and engaged with his fans at every opportunity.

Now he tours consistently, and with retail sales in their current state, touring is more important than ever. And of course, the labels want a piece of the action.

“I’m not talking to anybody,” he says in regards to the labels that court him. “I don’t need any extra shit. I just want money.” The Based God hath spoken.

Purchase Wolfpack Party by The Pack.

38 Comments

  • stephano

    new ROSA ACOSTA & D.STEPHENS video at www.wapproved.com

  • RESERECT

    Who is this dude? I don't get it. I'm pretty like Jesus Christ. I look like Jesus Christ. I remember Jesus not having time for women because his job on earth was so demanding. I don't know not only is it sacrilegious it's just ridiculous lol!

  • Who who

    The nigga got knocked the fuck out!

  • Trent Nelson

    people on this site are fuckin ignorant bitches who hate on anyone better then them fuck yall n fuck HHDX biased ass reviewers.

  • Trent Nelson

    wow yall are some haters. this ude is gettin his money n makin slaps. giv him his credit. i dont see yall grindin like hhim

  • sicoyall

    CALL ME THE #1 HATER CUZ I REALLY HAAAAAAATTTTTE THIS LIL BITCH!!!!!

  • CJF

    This niggas a joke. Put the mic down and walk away you could still have a little bit of dignity.

  • BONKEIRA

    This crack baby is a joke. Why is this even a headline?

  • 510 boy

    any major label that wants a piece of Lil B needs to kill theyself....

  • C.L.E. BITCH

    him and soulja boy be doin line after line after line after line and then try to sell us the shit this shit getin worser by the minute

  • Anonymous

    this nigga b is reall lowpro nn @jester that wasnt a real beef they was playin on twitter do yo shyt B oh btw edop bitxhhh

  • ado_

    hiphopdx, are you FUCKING serious?

  • THE ORIGINAL GREG STL

    THE FOUR GUNS THAT KILLED HIP-HOP: -------------------------- 1. MONEY 2. BUSINESS 3. EGO 4. THE DEATH OF SAMPLING ---THINK ABOUT IT.--

  • Anonymous

    one of the biggest faggot/cornball/no skill rappers ever. fuck do you know about being an emcee?

    • silly

      for all the ppl hatin he just a guy tryin to have fun at doin wat he loves the most and tht is music how many of u guys wish tht the job u do is the job u actually want its not like hes is tryin to kill hiphop on purpose nd if u listen to some of his serious songs their ok so i say just let lil b be lil b nd let him express himself through his music in his way

  • BIG FACE ITALY

    Somebody gotta tell this guy that he is totally gay. This looks like some saturday night live shit... But the reality is that if people call this hip hop then we can say that hip hop turned into a cheap ugly crack hooker that smells like piss

  • Anonymous

    you know what kills me about this guy, i thought he was like a confused kid with all that pretty bitch shit. i thought well he's lil kid in the entertainment industry he prob ain't find himself yet and pretty bitch shit is just a side effect. this a grown 21 year old man callin himself a pretty bitch, nigga you gay(ala riley)

  • Ohgreat1

    Lil B is piece if of fucking worthless shit. I saw the video (or w/e you want to call that of fuckin shit) for pretty boy and I almost threw up!! I even showed to my friend how listens to a lost of mainstream music and even he thought it was shit. Lil B has no skill he has nothing NOTHING!!!! He makes Soulja Boy look like Rakim. And to make it clear I'm not some old school hip hop head(shit I listen to Kid Sister) but lil B is the reason why most people hate rap music!!!! Lil B I hope your ass falls on a dildo with blades on the side and aids on the tip!!!! Let's see if you look like jesus after that!!!!!!

    • sicoyall

      WELL I AM ON SOME OLD SCHOOL HIP HOP HEAD SHIT , BUT I AINT NO CLOSED-MINDED MUTHAFUKA EITHER, REAL RECOGNIZE REAL, THIS LIL BITCH IZ ANOTHER INFECTION FOR YOUR GENRE!!!!!

  • larry hooverrr

    man i listened to a couple of his crap a while back idk hes just out there like its not even in the same categorie as rap or hip hop but sumthing else

  • werwe

    http://www.youtube.com/305ilovemia#p/u No Image No Gimmicks Just Bangin Ass Music I Love M I A Presents $WonDough$ http://www.youtube.com/305ilovemia#p/u

  • nita

    He's one ignorant mother f*cker for saying he looks like Jesus. Dumbass. He's NOT real hip-hop. That's why he has to say sh*t like that in his raps so he gets attention. He doesn't know how to spit real sh*t to get positive attention for his talent. Instead he's ignorant and disrespectful. He obviously has no talent or skill.

  • jesterdxxl

    Lil Bitch is a fool main reason for tryna go at Joe is he fucking crazy... He's nowhere near Budden's skill level!

  • Nathan Helton

    first. lil b is the fucking shit, im forever #based

  • lightspeedlc

    This dude is WEAK!! Wake up, this is NOT hip hop!!

  • freshyboi

    "i'm so beautiful i look like moses i look like fabio, young ted dansen bitches on my dick cause i look like marilyn manson i look like bill gates mixed with obama" lil b spits that hot fire

  • ???? Still best rite now!!

    This nigga need to sign and drop some of his real shit....not dat "Im Paris Hilton" bullshit!! I think he can make an ill azz album

    • ma$e'sSon

      BASED GOD changed my life. Based god is the sun and the sky. Based god lives in a fortress underwater. Based god is your mom's dad. based god is pretty rare and hardly ventures outside of his based kingdom and away from his harem.

    • reg

      na fuck that! he shouldnt sign with anybody he dosent need a major label..major labels put restrictions on niggas freedom and they gonna try 2 turn this nigga into drake..na fuck dat

    • bob d

      I'm starting to agree, on the "ill ass album" part. He needs experimental producers. He also needs to distance himself from The Pack.

Most Popular News

Most Discussed News