Lil B's latest, Ultimate Bitch, runs the gamut: loopy stream-of-consciousness rants, honey-dipped Quiet Storm R&B, at least three songs specifically about "buying pussy." But it's been particularly rewarding to see Brandon take on a social awareness as funneled through his based philosophy: "No Black Person Is Ugly" remains a stand-out as one of the most pointed commentaries on race that rap has produced this year, despite its simplicity. In the same way, we found ourselves running back "Freedom O Freedom," where Lil Bars calls for global peace over an intergalactic funk loop: Teach me to think before I react, he indicts of governments worldwide. It recalls his Illusions of Grandeur mixtape, where he tackled straight-ahead rap beats via 9th Wonder and reached new peaks. Keep rising Based God.
October 15, 2014