Despite his numerous detractors, Lil B is one of the most profilic and highly anticipated independent artists of the past few years. Now, the Based God has opened up to Complex about the sorrows and joys releasing his hundreds of track all one his own.
“When you do everything yourself, it gets crazy,” he said. “It’s very hard to balance. Sometimes I’m dealing with so much business, and my mind will be so stressed, that I’ll go a week without writing…but the benefit of doing everything yourself is that you get a major payoff. Nobody can say they made you…I’m a human sacrifice. I put myself out there for the people, and hopefully they take the good and the positivity from that. The people that love me get the message…but it’s really hard to find people with genuine intentions. When people are hitting you off Twitter, a lot of times they don’t know who you are. They’re just hopping on your character and they gon’ be hopping on another rapper next. You gotta weed out the real and the fake.”
Lil B also spoke about working with record labels. Although he recognizes the benefits of signing to a major label, he says he’s wary of the hierarchy involved in the label system and having a record executive for a boss.
“Labels put you everywhere,” he explained. “They got that money to promote you and get you on that radio and TV…But there’s a dirty side. At the flip of the switch, if they don’t wanna fuck with you, they don’t gotta fuck with you. If they don’t believe in you, they don’t gotta put you out. Going to a label is like having a job. It’s like, ‘I’m about to go work for somebody.’ You got a boss. A lot of artists are independent and don’t like working for people.