Lupe Fiasco Calls Lil B’s “I’m Gay (I’m Happy)” Genius & Revolutionary
It may come as a surprise that super lyrical Lupe Fiasco is a fan of often considered nonsensical rapper Lil B. But Lupe’s affinity for Lil B has reached new heights as the Chicago emcee took his praise to the next level when he took to Twitter and called Lil B’s I’m Gay album “one of the best rap albums” he’d heard in a long time. Not only that, but he likened the former rapper from The Pack as a hybrid of MF Doom, Kanye West and Ghostface.
Is he crazy?
Maybe. Maybe not.
What Lupe Fiasco enjoys is the fact that Lil B doesn’t follow trends or consider what someone else thinks before he does whatever it is he does. Calling his album I’m Gay may sound ignorant to certain people, but to people like Lupe, the meaning is deeper than the title. The Chicagoan sees this as a conversational piece that’s both daring and controversial. It takes a certain type of individual to buck the norm. Some are geniuses who think too much, others are genius who think too little. Lil B may fall into the latter category but he is certainly different than anything the industry has to offer.
Fiasco took to his blog to lament his feelings on Lil B in more than 140 characters.
So Lil B is from The Bay and he’s a youth hahaha we can stop right here! He already good in my book. But 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. Now I’m not talking Dead Prez or Immortal Technique level stuff here but something just as powerful and meaningful. What I was witnessing was a man in the process of profound self-realization and self-awareness. And seeing that this road has led to the promised land in the form of “I’m Gay (I’m Happy)” has been for me just as fulfilling as the new understandings that I’m sure Lil Bars has come upon if the content of his new album is anything to go by.
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Do you agree with Fiasco’s assessment?