Real talk. Last week, Brandon McCartney aka Lil B the ‘Basedgod’, brought his ‘rare’ lecture to New York University. The 22 year-old rapper, hailing from Berkley, California who came to fame with The Pack in 2006 with their song “Vans‘”, first lecture sold out in less than a day to 500 devoted fans of one of the social media’s most encapsulating forces (McCartney claims to have created more than 3,000 songs which he uploads to over 100 Myspace pages, his Twitter and Tumblr).
But why would you want to see a rapper talk about bitches ‘n’ hoes, Cristal and who they have more swag than? Well Lil B isn’t your average rapper. Known for his candid ability to speak his mind, McCartney’s unscripted lecture which ran for over 80 minutes was much like the diversity of his endless stream of mixtapes and touched on the conflicting aspects of love, politics, philosophy and just generally being ‘based,’ which basically means, “That anything goes at any time.”
While to some it may seem nonsensical, being ‘based’ is a way of life; “Based means that you have somebody to trust… it’s about really caring,” said McCartney of the self-coined term. However that piece of Lil B wisdom is probably as normal as the lecture gets. At one point, McCartney gets spiritual? Lying on a table imitating himself going to sleep, whispering, “Honesty, integrity, friendship, passion…” Hey, but at least he’s cool with paying his taxes, “Until further notice, I’m paying taxes and I’m loving it,” and is saving the world one small creature at a time, “I’m the first rapper to adopt a tabby cat. I adopted it straight from the ASPCA, you feel me?”