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Concerts

Thank You Based God

IMG_1970-1Thank you BasedGod. Last Monday night, when I should have been taking advantage of my reading break by doing some much needed studying, I instead decided to go see the legendary Lil B the BasedGod.
Lil B is a “rapper” (strategic use of the quotations marks) most well known for his social media presence and his unique brand of “troll rap”. His music is most recognisable by the ludacris subject matter of each song, the amount of times he says “swag”, and, of course, his lazy, monotone, and seemingly freestyled, delivery. With over 50 mixtapes and studio albums (most of which clock in the multiple-hour long range), it was hard for me to anticipate what I was in for.
For reading break monday, the show was pretty packed. Alot of Odd Future branded clothing (including my very own GOLF sweater proudly displayed) and Yung Lean costumes could be spotted in the crowd. Although doors opened at 10, the man everybody paid to see did not make his grand dash to the stage until well after 11:30, and needless to say, the crowd was exuberant.
To open his set, Lil B came out the gates with “Child Support Me” from his upcoming project Thugged Out Pissed Off. The main point he makes in “Child Support Me” is he will kill any woman that tries to get child support from him. After restarting the song partway through because he messed up, once finished the song, Lil B made a speech that his ultimate goal through his music is to spread positivity and love. With the last line in the hook being “Child support me… I’ll casket a bitch”, it’s easy to see how someone can get some mixed messages. However, we must remember, this is Lil B.
Lil B’s set was about 50% rapping and 50% dancing. In most song’s he’d do the around the first chorus and verse, and then just foolishly dance for the following 1-2 minutes. By the end of the show he had thrown his peacoat, do-rag, and t-shirt into the crowd, and was wearing a hat that somebody had thrown on stage. The rapping portion of his set included what he proclaimed as hits, including “I’m Tupac” and “Eat”, a soul inspired tune about cunilingus. All throughout Lil B maintained his message that he only intends to spread positivity and love.
Partway through his set, Lil B decided to remind us all that he actually can rap by performing his verse from “Vans”, a song by his former rap group The Pack. To close off, he ended the set with his once named “Best New Track” by PitchforkNo Black Person Is Ugly” and his heartfelt thank you to the fans track “I Love You”. Lastly, Lil B gave everybody the opportunity to get a picture with him, ending the night off with a true sense of positivity.
Although I wasn’t sure what to anticipate going into this show, I can honestly say I got what I expected. Lil B is Hip-Hop’s biggest troll and when it comes down to it, he is just a guy pretending to take himself very seriously, but really is just a mere parody. Going into the show, I was not expecting to be wowed, but rather to be entertained. The night was full of laughs, whether it be at his music or his dance moves, and therefore, I feel like I got what I payed for. The show was a blast, and I got an awesome selfie out of it. #TYBG
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