Lil B's I'm Gay: Marketing Genius Or Just Offensive?

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Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday (that isn't a national holiday) Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture.

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This Week's Panel: Bun B, A.D.D., Kiotti, Fat Tony, Delo, Brad Gilmore, JD, H-Kane, Mug, Kritikal, KAB, Renzo, Kritikal, Show

Not Invited: Lil B

This Week's Prompt: Lil B has decided to call his forthcoming album I'm Gay. How you feel about this? Smart move? Stupid? Controversial? Unnecessary? Go.

Bun B: Well... I guess... you know... ummm... I think... well maybe... if you look at it like... in a perfect world... sorry. I got nothing. Uh... swag?


A.D.D.: I thought it was tight and funny as shit. If only half the rappers had the courage Lil B has then the rap game would be tighter. I think him doing that has exposed a big issue about homophobia in the rap game. Because a lot of people don't know who they are and are scared to say certain things.

It's smart that he chose those words to express how he feels. What ever happened to applauding rappers that bring a different approach to music and raise the social status bar?

Kiotti: First: Who's that? [laughs] I think he looking for that shock factor. I don't know any of his music. I heard Puff brought him out at SXSW. Heard he wanted to sex Kanye. He may be gay. Shrugs.


Fat Tony: It's smart and stupid all at once. I like it.


Delo: I really don't care. I don't think he is really calling it that. Plus it would just be controversial 'cause he is not an open[ly] gay [man].


Brad Gilmore: I think it's just Lil B doing what has made him famous: Having titles of albums and songs that really make people say "WTF," such as his songs named "Paris Hilton" or "Ellen Degeneres." It's something to get people's attention. He thinks I'm Gay is the next thing he can do to up his hype and his swag.


JD: I believe it was a smart move on his end. Dude has literally created buzz over the Internet with no mainstream promotion. Word of mouth has been his best friend. Truthfully, I feel his hype is bigger than the talent. Nonetheless, he's making smart moves.

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Geezy
Geezy

About the only thing worth watching or listening too from Lil B is this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

A.D.D.
A.D.D.

Did you also see the video when the same guy that punched him apologizes?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

You fuckin hater you!

Geezy
Geezy

Haha. Na, but outside of B getting his ass pieced up, the only major concern in the room was why he fell into the white dude rolling a blunt sitting next to him- causing him to spill his weed on the floor.

Pretty much summed it up for me.

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hazelvmyers

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Mizzthompson3
Mizzthompson3

If A.d.d. Thinks Lil B is raising anything other than his youtube views He is as gay as Lil B. Thats foolish and if Lil B was really trying to raise "Social status bars" he would invite openly homosexual M.C.'s to be on the project, or even be attempting to perform at venues with majority homosexual crowds. #dobetter

A.D.D.
A.D.D.

That's right, I'm Gay

Mizzthompson3
Mizzthompson3

I've seen your show and after the way you e-licked Lil B's balls, I'm not surprised. I actually kinda am relieved.

John Matthew Tramel
John Matthew Tramel

I have listened to a decent amount of Lil B, and love his persona. That being said, his shit is so dumb it makes my head hurt. What's even worse is that I think he's often being serious.

Raul
Raul

If nothing else, he's at least making progress against homophobia in rap.

(C)rap
(C)rap

No one is afraid of gay people. Please stop using that ridiculous term.

Raul
Raul

"Phobia" being in homophobia doesn't make it a type of fear, just as "Magna cum laude" doesn't mean anything to do with male bodily fluids. And regardless of pointless linguistic games, not associating with people or not accepting them because of their sexuality is discrimination; just as it would if it was based on their skin color. And you completely ignore that homophobia has led to murders, beatings, and numerous gay suicides, not just to refusing to associate with people. Trying to dismiss it as a "buzz word" is like trying to dismiss racism as a buzz word.

A.D.D.
A.D.D.

I totally agree with this

Raul
Raul

Whatever you want to call it. "Homophobia" is generally accepted as meaning hatred towards gays, not the fear of them. If "anti-gay-hatred" is what you'd rather use, pretend I said that. Playing word games misses the point.

(C)rap
(C)rap

Phobia=the fear of. It's most accepted by homosexuals and their supporters. It's a buzz word. Some people just choose not to associate with them or accept their lifestyle with open arms. It doesn't mean they are hated. Let's be tolerant to all, now Raul...

tj
tj

Did they all forget about birth/death of rap, age of information, thank you based god, freedom and all those? the talentless gimmicks are fun to listen to and he has good, real shit.

A.D.D.
A.D.D.

This article is beyond funny. SWAG! Whoop!

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