Lil B
God's Father


4.5
superb

Review

by John Darr USER (8 Reviews)
May 3rd, 2012 | 481 replies | 19,407 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: God’s Father is here to prove what many already think impossible: the Based God can actually produce godly music.

Lil B is a man of rebellion. Bullies called him “based” as a kid, so he declared himself the Based God. As his fame grew, the usual internet insults were hurled at him, and in defiance Lil B released an album named “I’m Gay” and a mixtape centered around Lil B’s so-called “Bitch Mob.”

It’s safe to say Lil B’s been breaking down rap barriers for a while now. He raps about prostitutes and money and fame, etc., but he also spins innocent declarations of goodness, friendship, and the like. He released a spoken-word ambient album (Roses Exodus). He’s got almost 250,000 facebook fans and he’s not even signed to a label. He can rap decently (look at some of his work with The Pack), but purposely opts for a slow, wandering, often confusing flow, often abandoning his rhymes altogether. But instead of weakening his verses, this style allows Lil B’s raps to seem very immediate and personal, fresh out of his mind and his vocal chords. It’s this intimacy which has given rise to Lil B’s adamant fan base and makes him continually relevant. Instead of bragging from an unreachable mansion in Hollywood, it feels like Lil B is sitting next to you speaking his mind.

But on God’s Father, Lil B crushes precedent to the ground. Coupling Lil B’s humble-by-nature flow with consistently brilliant and gigantic beats, God’s Father stands in an impossible limbo between heaven and earth. “The BasedGods Layer” opens the album and succeeds wonderfully in creating a heavenly-encounter atmosphere- the execution is so expertly done that it serves a possible conversion track for Lil-B haters. Then we are dumped into one of the dirtiest and craziest beats on the album, “I Own Swag.” Lil B’s is so much faster than usual that a Lil B fan might do a double take. Straight out the gate, we have a glimpse at the true rapping potential:

I'mma star like I'm in SAG
I'm so fab like I'm in Sac
I tote that Tec and I hold that Mac
Run a few scratches up on that gun
I straight spit like I ain't got no tongue
Bitch came asking me questions
"Where's my car?”
Bitch which one?!

Yet Lil B’s flow is so simultaneously self-consciously silly and intense that it pulls downright stupid lines into the realm of brilliant hilarity, such as “Call me Obama Based God, call me Obama Based God...A-Rod!” and “Unsigned but run this mother***er like it's the mother***ing futbol.”

And God’s Father just keeps running far after it hits the ground. There are so many highlights and amusing lines that it would take a thirty two paragraphs to sum everything up. Suffice it to say that if you are at all interested by the first two tracks, you’ll find something in the Millie Jackson- sampling “Tropics,” the hauntingly beautiful “God Help Me,” and the calm videogame glide of “Flowers Rise.” While there are certainly duds among the gems, the mixtape provides an incredible amount of these highlights, each uniquely prepared to catch an unconvinced ear. And at this moment in his career, that’s precisely what Lil B needs- a fair chance to stand up and convince people that while there are comic aspects to his persona and even his music, there’s something great to be found under the façade. God’s Father is here to prove what many already think impossible: the Based God can actually produce godly music.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
IrrationalAnimal
May 2nd 2012


73 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

There's some edits I need to make. But long story short, this mixtape is worth a try. Production is amazing, and even if you don't like the based-god persona, there's really something to be found here.

IrrationalAnimal
May 2nd 2012


73 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yet if he died now he'd be a martyr of sorts, which would only make him more legendary than he already is

none
May 2nd 2012


1100 Comments


mofukin swag

LG
May 2nd 2012


3049 Comments


I don't care, as long as it stops him from producing anymore music

Rev
May 2nd 2012


9422 Comments


he's great stfu


where's my car?
BITCH WHICH ONE?


LG
May 2nd 2012


3049 Comments


I will if he will

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
May 2nd 2012


9034 Comments


This guy is the man

taxidermist
May 2nd 2012


7203 Comments


Stay based.

auberginedreams
May 2nd 2012


6033 Comments


this guy would be better if he valued quality over quantity. he has a few good tracks but they're drowning in a sea of mediocre or downright terrible ones because he feels the need to put out a new full-length album every other month.

RosaParks
May 3rd 2012


14900 Comments


such an awesome mixtape srsly

Quen
May 3rd 2012


1633 Comments


i liked the review. #tybg

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
May 3rd 2012


4507 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

godlike

xfearbefore
May 3rd 2012


1245 Comments


Pretty solid review, might check this out even though I've never heard a song from this guy that I've liked.

gabethepiratesquid
May 3rd 2012


4521 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

"This man needs to die"
but all he does is spread positivity and want happiness for everyone
how can you want anything bad to happen to someone like that? no one's forcing you to listen to his
music.

also review isn't very good. You talk about his background, describe the appeal of I Own Swag then
your last paragraph is "Oh there are some other tracks too and they're cool because they have a
sound and BasedGod."
Obviously this album is too big to do a track-by-track, showing every example that stands out
because like you said, that'd be a ridiculously long review but maybe just describe the album in
general and pull out just one or two small examples of every trait you might want to talk about. Or
maybe just do a general description of the album from start to finish and how it twists and turns in
its theme.

but yeah probably of of my favorite Lil B releases (and there are quite a few)

Storm In A Teacup
May 3rd 2012


12780 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Oh wow.....I like this!

IrrationalAnimal
May 3rd 2012


73 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thanks for the advice gabesquad, sputnik won't let me edit now but i'll look into it.

Ire
May 4th 2012


41762 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

so good

TheDjehuty
May 29th 2012


388 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

I hardly bothered to read that entire novel about Lil B spreading positivity, just thought you should know that's not who he is and his persona is fed to him via his manager. I've met him, very personally, I know. Lil B is a gimmick, sent to troll the world.

Storm In A Teacup
May 29th 2012


12780 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

The Basedgod Layer opener is sos sososos sos so so good.

gabethepiratesquid
May 29th 2012


4521 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

"I hardly bothered to read that entire novel about Lil B spreading positivity, just thought you should know that's not who he is and his persona is fed to him via his manager. I've met him, very personally, I know. Lil B is a gimmick, sent to troll the world."

but everyone I know who's met him before he was even known for being super positive has said he's ridiculously humble and nice. Just chill and stop being cynical.



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