The Based God’s “FIRST VENTURE INTO HIP HOP” has arrived
It’s an all-caps moment, ladies and gentlemen. After seven long years of teasing with an instantly-iconic cover, Lil B has released his “first official mixtape,” Black Ken.
Featuring a lone guest appearance from ILoveMakonnen, the dynamic 27-track project is entirely produced by the Based God himself and though he claims it to be his first, B’s released two buzz-building mixtapes with Bay Area group, The Pack, in the mid-2000’s. He’d find success as a solo act and internet rap deity in the following decade as a polarizing figure, equal parts glowing optimism and polarizing web-savvy spectacle, with various digital albums, including his debut studio album, Rain In England in 2010. He also released a mixtape with Chance The Rapper, dubbed a “masterpiece” by both parties. So the math is weird, but the mixtape’s a surprisingly thorough exposition of roughly two decades in west coast rap. And it arrives a day early, following a very predictable Dat Piff leak.
Hear Lil B’s Black Ken below and hit the link to grab your copy on iTunes. See the Based God in the flesh (as well as Thundercat, Gorillaz, Madlib, Willow Smith, KING, BADBADNOTGOOD and more) at III Points Festival in Miami, October 13-15. Purchased tickets here.
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