Earlier this month, we were still debating whether or not Lil B’s I’m Gay album title was purely a publicity stunt, but that’s all irrelevant now. Last night, the Cali rapper accomplished something that seemed near impossible in 2011: He released the album on iTunes with one single tweet, before any of the new tracks could leak. Applaud him—at least a little.
And now, to make things even more interesting, Lupe Fiasco has become his most vocal supporter. First, Lupe fired off a series of tweets supporting the new album:
After that he took to his blog to pen a detailed explanation as to why he considers Lil B’s mew muisc to be “Liberation Rock”:
Before we get any deeper let me put my inherent biases on the table. First, I blindly and unconsciously love anything that comes out of the Bay Area of Northern California. It’s part honest respect for the cultural products that emerge out of that region and part happiness and empathy that in the midst of the social turmoil and raw violence and despair that has plagued that area for decades that artists reppin’ the Bay are capable to create and express themselves at all. Second, my faith is in the youth. So I find myself constantly observing and trying to empower and support the youth in any way that I can. No matter what they create.
The lowdown on Lil B:
What gets Lil B admission into my coveted genre of “Liberation Rock” is his absolute lack of fear when it comes to challenging the status quo. Whether it be in hip-hop, which is very elitist and caste and class oriented, or just society in general, which is very elitist and class centric. His albeit “rocky” road musically has been honestly at times unbearable to walk on. Some of Lil B’s past works have been underwhelming to say the least and at moments I would seriously consider heading out for smoother pavement. But every now and again an absolute jewel would come to the surface and I’d find myself unable to fathom leaving this kids side for any reason. The vulgar lyrics, happy go lucky cooking dances and sometimes pointless stream of conscious style rambling started to give way to hints of a deadly serious revolutionary mentality lurking underneath.