Lil B The Based God is an enigma of sorts: he’s widely worshipped, yet misunderstood by the masses. People who listen to his music either do it out of genuine interest or as a way of mocking one of the Bay Area’s most notable artists. He’s made a career out of playing against people’s expectations and releasing his own brand of off-kilter rap music. It’s no coincidence that even though he hasn’t sold as many albums as many of his peers, he’s considered to be one of the most influential artists of all time. His versatility and creativity have made him a staying force in the constantly evolving rap industry, making him remain relevant while many others grow stagnant and wither away. These ten tracks showcase something new that Lil B brings to his music as he constantly reinvents the wheel and pushes it into a groundbreaking new direction.
Reason 1: Ability To Embrace Meme Rap Culture
Song: “Fuck Me”
Perhaps one of Lil B’s crowning achievements in meme rap, “Fuck Me” is both hilarious and unorthodox. He plays around the production and uses it as a means to create something that sounds purposefully awful. The accompanying video shows B doing what he does best: acting a complete fool. As crazy as it sounds, it’s definitely worth a relisten. He brings an odd flow here that’s unlike a lot of his other releases.
Reason 2: Flexing A Propensity For Hard Punchlines
Song: “T Shirt and Buddens”
Who ever would have thought that the world would receive a diss track from Lil B? Aimed at Joe Budden of all people? What makes it so powerful is that on this track B is throwing punch after punch, flexing his lyrical dexterity at Budden. Over a gut-punching boom-bap beat, B spits what may be his best set of bars to date.
Reason 3: An assortment of fast paced flows
Song: “I Own Swag”
The many sides of B manifest themselves on one of his most versatile tracks. Here, the primary focus isn’t lyricism, but flow. He spits a fast paced verse, breathless, and hungry for more.
Reason 4: Jamaican Influence
Song: “Dutty Pop”
Realizing that he can only cover his limited spectrum of subject matter only so many times without becoming stagnant, B does what he does best: innovate. He decided to draw upon Jamaican influences to create “Dutty Pop,” a track that uses Jamaican cadence to compliment B’s creative direction. He pays homage too, saying “Shouts out to motherfucking Jamaica!” as the track starts.
Reason 5: Paying Homage to the Bay Area
B brings the Bay Area influence to his track stick, using elements of the hyphy movement to craft a fast-pased party song to appease fan interest. The production style and flow that B exhibits on the track are startling departures from the type of choices he usually makes. But then again, he does like to switch things up often.
Reason 6: Mainstream Crossover/Singing
Song: “My House”
Lil B shot for the stars on this one, enlisting the talents of Metro Boomin to lace him with one of the producer’s best creations to date. B sings on this one, and surprisingly, it sounds good. It didn’t have the crossover appeal that he may have hoped, but it still shows his willingness to take his music in exciting new directions.
Reason 7: Choosing To Rap in Spanish Without Actually Being Fluent In It
Song: “Gato Gato”
In a startling departure from his English roots, Lil B decided to create a party song aimed at the Latino crowd. The entire song is spoken in Spanish, but it doesn’t amount to much more than “1,2,3, sexy movements.” While limited in scope, how many English rappers do you know taking a stab at conquering other markets?
Reason 8: Offering Social And Political Commentary
Song: “Unchain Me”
When Lil B released his album titled I’m Gay, he received a lot of threats centered around it. Although he wasn’t actually gay, he chose the title because it reflected his creative aspirations. Truth be told, he probably liked the attention it would get. People who thought they knew his rap style predicted how the album would turn out, and they were proven wrong. The album served as a soapbox for B to offer social and political commentary on a level that people didn’t think possible from him. On “Unchain Me” in particular, B flexes his versatility again with his intelligent comments on the way that society is pushing the media agenda.
Best of Instagram: @cree.ikuko
Cree Ikuko is a biracial beauty who’s racy photoshoots have taken Instagram and Tumblr by storm. Her art, always tasteful – she refrains from shooting nude – has an elegant quality about it, making each release of hers something that people look forward to like sports games. In addition to being a rising model, she also is a poet, songwriter, and recently, gotten into vlogging. She’s a multi-threat with a high probability for continued success, so checking out her Instagram account for our Best of Instagram series is a must. Check out our pics below.
At first glance, this picture is nothing but a simple selfie that’s both stunning and mysterious. But taking a closer look shows the many working parts that make this one of our favorite pictures on Instagram so far. From the curly hair to the smug look on her face, the reveal of just enough cleavage to intrigue viewers, and the color contrasts of the shirt that make it one of the most interesting tops currently out on the market, Cree knows how to make a statement.
When it comes to beach bodies, Cree might have the ultimate one. Her bathing suit is endlessly inviting, almost teasing us in what it hides. She knows that she fills it out to perfection – it’s up to us to refrain from salivating like hungry dogs.
Bathroom Stall Selfies
Since when has a bathroom selfie ever made it into our best of Instagram list? Cree provides an exception: her careless pose borders on perfect. Between her casual face and the way her dress clings to her body like a bodysuit, nothing can go wrong with this picture.
It’s become a thing now that we can’t deny: Cree breaks all selfie rules with her careless, yet elegant photos. A casual car trip turns into an aesthetically pleasing visual memory that we’re glad to have come across on Instagram.
String bathing suits are her thing and we’re glad to see that she has more than one. The turquoise color acts as a delicate contrast from her bronze skin that makes it all the more intriguing to view. The fact that most of her face is covered in shadow goes a long way in making this photo mysterious.
With Halloween right around the corner, it’s only right that she’d find a costume to scare people into a heart attack. This costume will cause a heart attack, but not out of fright.
Out of both Halloween costumes, this one would be scarier. It’s almost the more inviting of the two, with cleavage that looks dangerously close to popping out. The red hair also helps the picture to look scary. Be on the lookout on Halloween to see her in this.
There’s a very Game Of Thrones feel to this post in particular. Although she’s sitting in a white armchair that’s the stark opposite of the foreboding Iron Throne in Westeros, the self-confidence evident in the post along with the pose invoke Cersei Lannister comparisons. We bet that Cree’s much nicer and more approachable than the Queen of the Seven Kingdoms.
Lists: 4 Virginia Artists You Should Get Familiar With
Virginia’s a state that sits on the East Coast of the United States but draws inspiration from the best of the country’s current Hip Hop trends. D.R.A.M.’s the latest artist to break out of the state, but there’s a ton of talent that sits ready to unveil itself in due time. The influence of Virginia legends Pharrell, Missy Elliott, Timbaland, and The Clipse is evident in the outlandish nature of many of its artists’ styles and has drawn a spotlight to the state as of late. Guessing who’s going to blow up next is anyone’s guess.
That’s why we’ve put together a list of some of the biggest artists in the state. Whether they’re actually good or not is up to your discretion – they’ve captured the interests of people at a national level, so go figure. But if you’re not up to date on what’s happening in the Commonwealth State, take a gander at who’s who below.
Back in 2013 when Crazy released “Get Dumb,” it quickly went viral because of its guttural look into life in Norfolk. Since then, Crazy has consistently released the type of music that his growing base of fans want to hear. He’s worked with legendary producer Timbaland as well as opened up for Young Thug at NSU, promoted to main act when Thugger never showed up. He also recently connected with 40 VAN for a performance in Texas.
He’s poised for a quick takeoff sooner than later. It’s important to know that his success didn’t happen overnight – he’s been about this for a while now. Take a listen to some of his music and become a fan.
Standouts: “Lessons” and “Painter Clique”
When you think of atmospheric trap music in Virginia, Treez should be the first name you think of. He’s been on the scene for years, acting as a mysterious force that drops acclaimed projects that seem to come out of nowhere. He recently connected with the A$AP Mob and has become a member of A$AP Rocky’s AWGE collective. The future is bright for young Treez.
Standouts: “Watch” and “Not At All”
There aren’t many rappers nowadays that play live instruments on stage. A defining part of Masego’s persona is that he’s a master saxophone player – and it’s not an act. The release of his breakout hit “Girls That Dance” made him an overnight celebrity, serving as a culmination of years of hard work in the college circuit. Now, he amongst relocating to Los Angeles to perfect his sound, he’s been spotted with DJ Jazzy Jeff and J Cole.
Standouts: “Navajo” and “Send Yo Rita”
Have you ever heard of “Galaxy Trap?” It’s a genre that Levi Carter has created and perfected. His artistry has gotten him a deal with Roc Nation and he continues to release music, albeit slowly. He’s a breath of fresh air in the rap scene, with hard-hitting bars that pave the way for some serious growth potential. We can’t wait to see where he goes.
Standouts: “You Not Gang” and “Dear Mama”
Best of Instagram: Katt Leya
Katt Leya’s pretty mysterious for a rising model. Although you can easily come across pictures of her and videos of her dancing on the internet, finding out who exactly she is is a little harder. Here’s what we do know: she’s beautiful, voluptuous, and she likes anime. She also keeps it real on her Twitter account.
She’s also watches anime so if you’re into Dragonball Z, Hunter x Hunter, or One Punch Man, you may have a shot.
There’s one oddity about her: she eats fries with mayonnaise. So maybe she’s more off kilter than she lets on.
Regardless of her questionable food tastes, she’s someone that we can’t wait to see rise in the modeling and entertainment world. Her Instagram account features more of her pictures, giving more insight into who she is as a person. We decided to peruse through the account and gather some of the best posts four our latest Best of Instagram list.
What looks better – her or that slice of cake?
The cup looks like it’s empty.
Yellow is definitely her color.
Shades of Pink
Pink hair, blonde hair, hell, maybe even blue hair. It can all work.
It seems like she’s a fan of animal print pillows.
Pink and Orange
Pink and orange are her colors as well.
Katt Leya for Baywatch 2.