Inglewood,CA – At the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday (August 27), HipHopDX caught up with Lil B and music video director Colin Tilley on the black and white carpet. While standing next to Tilley, the polarizing Hip Hop figure claimed he had something in the works with Nas.
“Shout out to Nas man, we’re going to do some work real soon,” The BasedGod told DX.
Tilley earned five nominations that night for his work on DJ Khaled’s “Wild Thoughts,” Future’s “Mask Off” and Kyle’s “iSpy” featuring Lil Yachty. His first music video was with Lil B for 2009’s “We Can Go Down.”
“We’ve known each other for 10 years man,” Tilley said. “We’re both from Berkeley, California. I did my first music video ever with Lil B the BasedGod and here we are again. We’re going to be dropping some crazy visuals for Black Ken. Wow! It’s going down.”
Released in early August, Black Ken is Lil B’s first mixtape since dropping 2015’s Free (Based Freestyles Mixtape) with Chance The Rapper and Thugged Out Pissed Off.
Since then, he was featured on Clams Casino’s major label debut, 32 Levels, and subsequently toured with the producer in support of the album.
During our short time with Lil B (real name Brandon McCartney), he spoke about the positive response to Black Ken.
“I just dropped a classic Hip Hop album [Black Ken],” Lil B said. “It debuted #1 on iTunes. I haven’t dropped music in two years. I’m coming!”
There’s no doubt Lil B has influenced some of today’s popular artists.
Everyone from Lil Yachty and Kendrick Lamar to 9th Wonder and Danny Brown have given props to the former member of The Pack.
Thank you BasedGod. Teaching us all how to swagg in videos. You and Wayne most influential. Thank you BasedGod.
— Kendrick Lamar (@kendricklamar) June 20, 2015
It’s something he clearly appreciates.
“I love it,” Lil B said. “This is everything that I worked for. When I came in the rap game early, I wanted the rap game to be like this where everyone could have a chance to get money. Music is so poppin’ more than ever.”