Lil B is obviously an outlandish artist, but his most recent blogworthy activity has many hip-hop fans pretty damn upset. This past weekend at Coachella, The Based God announced the title of his next album. He has named it I'm Gay and according to the Based God, it's a major move to demonstrate the unimportance of the power of words.
While the Based God isn't alluding to his personal sexual preference, he's making quite a daring statement; or maybe it's simply a publicity stunt. GLAAD issued a statement regarding the decision by saying that they hope it's not: "We hope that Lil B's album title is not just a gimmick, and is really a sincere attempt to be an ally. He has the platform and the voice. We hope he uses it in a positive way."
Hip-hop is a world in which homosexuality simply doesn't exist; if it does, you don't speak about it. 97.9 brought up the album title Tuesday night and a disgruntled caller commented on Lil B, saying that hip-hop isn't what it used to be. With all of the strange, corny hip-hop album titles that have emerged in the past decade, why is it that I'm Gay is the most shocking? Fill us in, we'd like to know your thoughts.
Additionally, why would anyone be surprised at B's choice? He's been calling himself gay for the bulk of his Internet career. Anyways, enough #basedtheology. We've decided to revisit some weird album titles in hip-hop; keep in mind that we're not saying that any of these albums themselves are weird, some just have questionable branding.
Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010): We still keep this album in constant rotation, but the name just irks us. During the first month of listening to it almost daily, we still couldn't keep the adjective sequence in order.
Petey Pablo, Diary Of A Sinner: 1st Entry (2001): How could you be a sinner when you made such a patriotic remix for "Raise Up"? We don't believe you.
Will Smith, Big Willie Style (1997): "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It", "Men In Black", "Miami", "Just The Two Of Us"; this album had way too many bangers to deserve a dick reference. He had his son, the 2010 Karate Kid, on one of the tracks, for Based God's sake.
Young Money, We Are Young Money (2009): They couldn't come up with something more original than an introductory statement.
Ludacris, Chicken-N-Beer (2003):This is such a great album, but such a shitty name and cover.
Bow Wow & Omarion, Face Off (2007): Bow Wow as John Travolta and Omarion as Nicolas Cage? We guess Bow Wow's a movie buff because his next album was called New Jack City II. At least that was a better choice of film for the inspiration; can't say the same about the actual tracklist.
Young Buck, Buck The World (2007): How subtle.
Gucci Mane, The Burrprint (2009): It's a mixtape, but we had to include it. Gucci is the master of using his catchphrase, "Burrr!" and incorporating it into his mixtapes and albums. See: "Burrrussia" and "Great Brrritain" from his Cold War mixtape series.
Soulja Boy Tell Em, iSouljaBoyTellEm (2008): Hop up out the beeeeeeeddddd, turn this shit off. We don't think Apple even bothered to endorse this dude, they couldn't possibly benefit. Download "Booty Got Swag" anyway.
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Dru Hill, InDRUpendence Day (2010): Remember Dru Hill? Sisqo was in this group before he sang a love song about G-strings. Apparently they got back together and added a new member? The issue we have with this album name is that it's not punny enough. Dru and De don't sound similar enough to make it work. Even still, punny doesn't always make money.