Lil B
I'm Gay (I'm Happy)


3.5
great

Review

by Alex Getter USER (13 Reviews)
August 16th, 2011 | 44 replies | 4,550 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Hip-Hop needs Lil B.

2 of 3 thought this review was well written

The critical reception and controversy that have surrounded Lil B has made him a difficult person to make an overview of. For those who don't know, Lil B is a Los Angeles rapper who has garnered most of his attention for his use of "based tracks". These songs usually attempt to be as absurd as possible ("young based god goes straight for the bitches/mac ten lay'em on the floor like a mattress") or referencing himself to numerous celebrities ("swag like Ellen/chain like Degeneres"). But don't be quick to judge Lil B, among his thousands of tracks there are serious attempts of Hip-Hop scattered among his song catalog. People immediately write him off as "garbage", but really they're taking him way too seriously. The kind of reception that Lil B receives seems to border on either pure hatred or worship. So Lil B names his newest LP "I'm Gay", claiming that it's an anti-homophobic message, but we all know that it's a means for attention. So will "I'm Gay" change any of his haters minds? Probably not, but that isn't quite the point.

Without any of this controversy where would Lil B stand in the Hip-Hop world? Take Tyler The Creator for example, who has used all his controversy (and don't forget the video for "Yonkers") as a pilot for popularity. Is this a bad thing? Not necessarily. Lil B is using his abstract style to get noticed, which is what every artist wants. Lil B is making music the way Lil B wants to, he's giving a middle finger to the Hip-Hop world. And for some reason, this social experiment of marketing has really gotten him noticed.

One of the biggest complaints about Lil B is his lyrical skill and his flow. Well it's true that he is lacking in both of these categories. Lil B slurs many of his words together, misses rhymes entirely and sometimes raps lazily. Lyrically, Lil B is constantly trying to come off as meaningful on "I'm Gay". He tackles every track with an optimistic undertone while covering religion, poverty, and violence. The only problem is that most people won't get very much meaning out of what Lil B is saying. Lil B is way too vague on every topic that he throws around, as he doesn't tackle any of these topics with any real depth. It's almost like Lil B is throwing something very basic at you and he wants you to take off with the meaning yourself. Which really wouldn't be a problem if it didn't seem like Lil B didn't know how to tackle it with real depth in the first place. But don't let this bring your opinion of "I'm Gay" down, as Lil B is actually coming off very humble and honest in these songs. Just think of some of the lyrics as first thought observations.

On the other hand, Lil B really delivers with the beats on this album. The production is more clear and crisp than ever. The samples also border on fantastic. Take the "Iris" sample by Goo Goo Dolls on "I Hate Myself" for example, where the guitar is warped to the point of being unrecognizable but it fits the mood of the song perfectly. Another album highlight "Unchain Me" benefits highly by the childrens choirs but suffer from a few bad lines ("it's not even human/people die for a piece of paper/it's so stupid"). Many of the songs are carried by their samples alone, but that's not entirely a bad thing. Some of the beats on here are so fantastic that they make up for a few bad lyrical stumps. But can you really blame Lil B? He has garnered a large following by producing absurd music, and that's what makes him so genuine.

Recommended tracks:
Unchain Me
Game
I Hate Myself
Gon Be Okay
I Seen That Light



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Comments:Add a Comment 
gotsthedewsdood
August 16th 2011



595 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

alot shorter than expected.
very hard review to write.

iFghtffyrdmns
August 16th 2011



7047 Comments


because you tried to write a 3.5 when you actually think it's a 5?

gotsthedewsdood
August 16th 2011



595 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

the 5 is the appropriate based rating.

iFghtffyrdmns
August 16th 2011



7047 Comments


still don't get it. and idk this sounds stupid.
but it was a very well written review. kinda took awhile talking about the controversy surrounding him in the beginning, but at the same time I feel like you almost have to bring that up to so

gotsthedewsdood
August 16th 2011



595 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah the controversy is kind of what makes lil b who he is i guess?
i should probably change that rating it looks stupid haha

nodding
August 16th 2011



76 Comments


why doesnt this have a staff review

Parallels
August 16th 2011



6640 Comments


cause lil b is gay thats why

Ire
August 16th 2011



41746 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

digging dmb hmmmm

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
August 16th 2011



9033 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

What's a lyrical stump?

MalleusMaleficarum
August 16th 2011



13649 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"Another album highlight "Unchain Me" benefits highly by the childrens choirs but suffer from a few bad lines"

Every single track has bad lines.

"People immediately write him off as "garbage", but really they're taking him way too seriously."

Or maybe they would rather listen to a rapper who knows how to rap.

"On the other hand, Lil B really delivers with the beats on this album. The production is more clear and crisp than ever."

Lil B did not produce the beats.

"Many of the songs are carried by their samples alone"

Again, zero credit to Lil B.







FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
August 16th 2011



9033 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You're such a douche

MalleusMaleficarum
August 16th 2011



13649 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

ahahah namecalling because i dont like the shitty rappers that you like.

get over it dude.. all my points were clearly and perfectly made and they have no holes in them so unless you're actually gonna say something intelligent you shouldn't address me henceforth.

Tyrael
August 16th 2011



20721 Comments


How can a point have a hole in it? Even if it did, it would be way too small to see it anyway

MalleusMaleficarum
August 16th 2011



13649 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

IMA FUCK YO BITCH NIGGA
IMA FUCK YO HOE NIGGA

Tyrael
August 16th 2011



20721 Comments


Nice one :]

Fort23
August 16th 2011



2474 Comments


"Or maybe they would rather listen to a rapper who knows how to rap. "

you havent heard this album



MalleusMaleficarum
August 16th 2011



13649 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"you havent heard this album"

i would link you to my last fm, but i just dont care about your shitty opinions!

MalleusMaleficarum
August 16th 2011



13649 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

why would i erase scrobbles ive worked so hard for

to impress mr aspergers over here?

go take your meds

psykonaut
August 16th 2011



3913 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

this is an improvement on the other review at least

gaslightanthem
August 16th 2011



5209 Comments


working hard for scrobbles!!!



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