Lil B, The Based God, Gives A Lecture At MIT
Shirtless, of course.
On rare occasions would the internet, let alone, society, give way to a personality so controversial and satirical that its own fandom is purely (yet even that is questionable) satire itself. The person in question here is Brandon McCartney, Lil B, The Based God himself. There have been plenty of individuals who have tried to break down the science behind Lil B’s appeal, his internal psychology, the reason behind his actions, why his music sounds a certain way and the list goes on.
In short form, Lil B is a character many can spend hours on end discussing from multiple aspects. With his, what would appear to be, careless take on music, he changed the face of hiphop and that of most of its fans. His music gave way for rap music to take itself less seriously, and showing that laughing at what is obviously “bad” hiphop is something that should have been around from the beginning, instead of absolutely detesting its presence. The common argument is that of “if rappers like Lil B didn’t exist, we wouldn’t be capable of seeing good rappers as well”. This is logical until you come face to face with Lil B’s fans. The “Bitch Mob” is nothing short of a disorganized modern cult with a living breathing “Based” God.
Lil B even offers his fans an ideology to live by, to live a more positive and healthy life. Positivity is not an uncommon trait to him, and he spent no time reminding us of this throughout his career (take our word for it, go check out his Facebook and twitter, you might smile uncontrollably). This is all from 2010 to this day. In the early days of his solo career, Lil B saw the rise of satirical fans, people who would pledge an alliance to The Based God while internally laughing to his antics. This does somewhat coincide with a new social order of “the satire of satire” or laughing with a straight face. However, if in a social environment today, you may come across a group of people who will defend Lil B in a serious manner, with time, his presence changed a ridiculous amount, to the point where he is no longer an internet joke (although “Fuck KD” was absolutely hilarious). The topic of this man is endless, it can descend into so many other aspects of current day media, society and so much more.
On November 21st 2014, Lil B The Based God gave a lecture at MIT. To some this came as a surprise, to others this was expected as Lil b has appeared in a few other lectures in the previous years. The lecture is fairly lengthy, it does cover various topics, yet the essence of the lecture here, is clearly love and the love you can give to others (along with awareness). Lil B has a certain way of delivering his thoughts in a none offensive, harmless manner where anyone listening can receive it without reciprocating irrelevant emotions. After giving his speech, he was asked a number of questions and didn't lose his composure, he even freestyled after it was requested by an audience member.
With small hints to his own satire, Lil B gives insights on his career, his view on racism, Kevin Durant, Uber, the Ferguson situation and so much more. It gives a certain perspective on the reality of what could be Lil B’s marginal insanity whenever someone sees him in a more realistic setting than music, videos and on stage where he shows us what is only his music persona. However we can clearly see that he stands by that persona, that social media changing, controversial ideology. Between a conscious Lil B of “Illusions of Grandeur” or “Angels Exodus” and an overboard Based God of “Blue Flames”, we saw the evolution of the most enigmatic rapper, and that day, we saw him poor his heart out to a live audience.
Lil B isn’t a naked Kim Kardashian, but on a smaller scale, we like to think he broke the internet on the 21st of November 2014.
Read the full transcript here.