Lil B's I'm Gay: Marketing Genius Or Just Offensive?
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.
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.
H-Kane: I have no feelings towards anything he does. I'm not a fan.
Mug: Very controversial, but you are what you say you are. Could be smart too, you never know.
Kritikal: I don't think it will work in the long run. Wap music will forever be fueled by the streets. The buzz will die quickly.
KAB: Lil B is an idiot. He will do anything for exposure. It's sad how people make a mockery of music wit gimmicks and bullshit.
Renzo: I think in his category you have to do something so people can pay attention to you. This is the same "I'm God" dude, right? I also think he is a reflection of how our youngins think. I respect the position, just keep that shit off my grass.
Kyle Hubbard: I guess it plays to his fan base, but I am extremely indifferent about it. To me it's an obvious ploy, but the fact that we are talking about it proves that it worked. So it's a smart move. Tasteless, but smart.
Show: I honestly think it's a ploy for attention to compensate for a lack of musical talent... just my opinion
Doughbeezy: It's smart from a business standpoint, because the image he's made for hisself, it would sell; any other rapper it wouldn't. I haven't listened to much of Lil B, but I think he's talking about the true meaning of "gay" when he named his album that. A lot of us are too ignorant to even give that a thought.
hasHBrown: First off, Lil B has a lot going for him with little talent to show for it, let's be honest. If you get past that fact, then you can actually enjoy his music occasionally when you feel like being ignorant. As for his proposed album title, I think it's a smart move to gain even more attention on his part, but he doesn't offer anything meaningful music-wise for me.
That's just my opinion. The "Cooking" and "Swag" movement is very real and I respect his mind and his hustle, but unfortunately I believe he's going to just make an ass out of himself for YouTube views and he won't matter in a year or so. With that said, LET THAT BOY COOK!
I was cooking the entire time I was writing this, real talk.
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