Bay Area rapper Lil B--formerly of The Pack and also known as The Based God--is known for blazing his own path. As a fully independent artist who's built an impressive catalog, a massive online following (spanning Twitter, YouTube, and Tumblr), and a touring deal with LiveNation, at any given time that might mean developing his signature cooking dance, calling himself a "pretty bitch," or adventurously naming his albums.
And when he announced at Coachella in April that his next record would be called I'm Gay, the ensuing mayhem reached death-threat status. But Lil B is quick to clarify: As he told MTV, "I'm very gay, but I love women. I'm not attracted to men in any way. I've never been attracted to a man in my life. But yes I am gay, I'm so happy. I'm a gay, heterosexual male." After all that, then, it shouldn't be surprising that the album was suddenly released with little more than a tweet to introduce the "HISTORICAL PROJECT."At first glance, one thing is apparent: The production value of the 12-track record is leaps and bounds above his notoriously muddy home recordings (which didn't keep March mixtape Illusions of Grandeur from getting plenty of spins). Sounding more cohesive and coherent that ever, I'm Gay (available on iTunes) is seemingly a new incarnation of Lil B. The raps aren't always great, but that's not what the Based God does--he's nothing if not honest in his eccentricity, and dedicated to his based philosophy. And for that reason, I'm Gay is undeniably triumphant.
So what does he think of the album? Oh, not much . . .