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Lil B, I Forgive You

Lil B has been busy since he released I’m Gay (I’m Happy) on July 16. Between uploading DIY YouTube music videos and a European tour, he still had time to beef (and make up) with Game. Now, only a month and a half after the release of his last album, he drops his latest mixtape, I Forgive You.

The mixtape’s title appears to reference his recent feud, but there are no mentions of Game on I Forgive You. Instead of concentrated battle cuts, Lil B delivers a scattered collection of songs, decidedly more sprawling and varied in tone than those featured on I’m Gay.

B’s willingness to experiment has earned him fans and haters. Though this mixtape could be used as firepower for either camp, I Forgive You’s disorder often works to its benefit. On “I’m in The Streets,” Lil B’s monotone mumble sounds like a down-and-out robot over subdued synths, emphasizing cold, if empty, threats like, “Leave him right where I meet him/Have him planking on this evening.” But on the next track, “I Forgive You,” B cries on the hook and admits “The last time I saw some real friends was on a TV Show” while producer Gallardo Guttah’s guitars whine in the background, accentuating the melodrama of the track and then the emotional coldness of “I’m in the Streets.”

On “30 Year BasedGod,” Lil B brags: “Niggas coming to war/I’m screaming out ‘Fuck them all,’” before dismissing violence in favor of wealth. Then he asks “What about war?” questioning his values, and extending that criticism to society in general. It’s an interesting sequence of loosely connected, contradicting thoughts, which might not have been allowed to develop on the more focused I’m Gay.

The mixtape’s strongest moment, though, picks up where I’m Gay left off: the Based God on a mission to save the world. On “Heard Her Cry,” he addresses domestic abuse over a sad, airy beat from Bobby Music. It’s an old story, but Lil B breathes new life into it with his dynamic descriptions of both victim and abuser. He almost seems to sympathize with the abuser, explaining: “He wants to hit on her because he’s scared to lose her/Don’t know how to say he really love you and just stick with it.” Then, he takes a moral stand, spelling it out, “In other words, he thinks it’s right to beat up on women.”

Lil B’s loose style, which creates some great moments on I Forgive You, can also be detrimental. On “30 Year BasedGod,” the 2011 XXL Freshman lets the beat ride out for 2 minutes and thirty seconds (over half the song.) During most of the other tracks, he spends about half a minute forgiving haters and whether the listener enjoys these rants depends on whether the listener has become familiar with Lil B’s cult of personality. Some songs (“Dity Pop,” “Take A Picture BasedGod,” “Bitch F*ck With Me”) have subpar sound quality and vocals sound fuzzy, lo-fi and unmastered, and Based God’s disjointed flow can be offputting to the uninitiated ear.

This latest mixtape won’t convert nonbelievers. But for his many loyal disciples, I Forgive You is manna from the Based God. —Henry Greenfield

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  • GOD2U

    Lil B is the worst artist in Hip Hop History. He is a joke and is dumbing down the culture with his simplistic rhymes. i REALLY wish he would lose his voice permenatly so he can never utter another word because what he speaks is a waste of breath and he should not take up any more of our air. Lets go find him and burn him

    • mac

      lol crazzy


    Lil B is the absolute worst rapper in hip hop history. He has officially ruined music with his CRYS for attention(calling himself gay and bitch is not different its STUPID) He has the rhyme skills of a retarded 8 year old. and even then the 8 year old is better. Please some one take this dudes voice box out so he can no longer pollute the air with his nothingness. We should find him and BURN HIM

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    • Kid Chyllen


  • WTF


  • KeepinIt100

    This dude is a terrible MC, hence 2 bars in lyrics department.

  • GullyBoy

    Should of got NO BARS. cuz he has well… NO BARS..

  • D90

    a L for lyrics?! REALLY THO?! dude has no bars at all shit needs to be rated below S

    • D90

      *M for lyrics now that i look closely lol not as outrageous but still deserves less than S

  • T

    I don’t know how anyone fucks with XXL after they made Lil B a freshman.

    • FxckXXL

      Hell yeeahh T! Fuck XXL… I’m goin’ to Vibe.

  • $0cal

    Fuck yall the basedgod is the greatest.

    • TGOD

      What are you on crack?

      • wi/fi

        Crack baby generation music and rapper. lil b is wack

  • RapsNHustles

    Shouldn’t his Originality be an XXL.?? lol….No one else raps like he does

  • jimmy

    This mixtape should’ve gotten an XL

  • kj

    so lil b and currensy get the same rating? REALLY?

  • http://twitter.com/SLOTCHMUSIC ms_spittuh

    o_O u cannot be serious xxl?

  • ra

    this shit hard!!!!……underated,the boy talk that real shit!….i forgive you hatin ass haters….lol

  • scuba

    Lmao…idk if I can fuck with XXL ratings anymore. First they gave Bow wow’s new mixtape an L and now this??? hahaha

  • Gdub

    This shit should have got a Smedium

  • Fado

    im not a hater I just listen too lil bs music and hear wackness….

  • kukluxswag

    won ton soup in this bitch

  • d

    He’s so bad i still think it’s a joke. Did XXL review any Reek Da Villain mixtapes or Jon Connor? If they have somebody let me know what they got. Lyrically they (along wit damn near every other artist out there) crush anything Lil B has ever done. Who the fuck is runnin XXL now? Wht the fuck happened. I’ve seen way too many articles on this stupid ass. Sad,

  • Mike Goodnight

    I don’t understand why anyone would think his music is good…He’s more of a comedian, like when I see his videos he almost has me in tears from laughing so hard…but his music thats a whole diff topic

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  • igotacos

    lil b isnt about the rap itself. he is about the movement and the style, ebing hav fun, be yourself no matter what anyone says. he is lyrically one of the worst, but he doesnt rry. when lil b was with the pack, he actually spit some bars. if your gonna blame anyone blame soulja, this is lil bs style, not his lyrically best, s. beezy is actually trying