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Lil B, Silent President

Another day, another Lil B mixtape. Well, that’s what it feels like, at least. The Bay Area rapper who has made his name in the last year or two by releasing unconscionable amounts of free music continues with his attack, dropping his Silent President mixtape less than a month after his Black Flame tape (which came less than a month after his I Forgie You tape).

As has been the case of late, Lil B’s approach here far exceeds his execution. His angles of positivity and love are rare within rap, and seem minimally contrived when put forth by the Based God, which is an applaudable thing. But for as great of an idea as is something like “Beat The Cancer,” an uplifting song he says he made when a fan suffering from the disease hit him up on YouTube, the outcome is often sloppy. Similarly, the 2011 XXL Freshman digs deep but doesn’t always reach the depths he’s looking for. “Think about it/What’s life to an ant?/What’s life to a cat?/We all alive,” he spits on “Black And White.”

On “The Original,” he chants “I’m the original” in his signature “I’m Miley Cyrus” cadence. Sometimes, though, it feels like B has left the actual innovation in the past, in favor of simply talking about how innovative he is. “Look at how the rap game is right now,” he implores during a spoken conclusion on “Same Place.” “It’s all because of Lil B. Regardless of anything, I’m the reason why y’all niggas eating.”

Sure, it’s hard to argue that Lil B wasn’t a forefather of the swag-ing and whoop-ing revolution still in play across some pockets of hip-hop, and his style has created opportunity for those with an otherwise peculiar method. But it would be welcomed to have Lil B aim for more precision moving forward, as this release feels low on energy and is rife with unmastered vocals.

Even with outputs like Silent President that don’t allow his unique flavor to properly marinate on the listener’s palate, Lil B remains honest to himself and his fans, and deserves a vote of confidence for that. —Adam Fleischer

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  • Mr. 306

    Can’t wait till this guy gets shot

    • 666

      It’s okay that you hate him that you wish that upon him, he still loves you bruh!

  • Dc4Lyfe

    Are they joking? Why does this clown keep getting press coverage?


    Look like someone has XXL magazine on the payroll.

    Take note XXL,this dude is seriously done.
    He’s our 2011 version of Soulja Boy.
    He’s not doing anything different on this mixtape compared to the last one.
    Put the K.Y down and quit ridin.There are so many other new artist right now with quality music that deserves some shine right now.

  • G3

    this kids already washed up, what the fuck xxl whyd you endorse him? mgk coulda taken his place

    • nohateappriciate

      Lyrically, yes. Lil b is not About that though. His “based” music is all fun and games , but lil bs best point is his positive message. Mgk is a sell oout befoore he even gets superstar famous. B will never sell out. Theyr dif kinds of artists, i dont even consider basedgod to be a “rapper” per say, more of an artist.

  • Hube

    enough with all these terrible rappers. lil b should go away, one of the wackest rappers out there now

    • Kid_Phantom

      I think we already went over the fact that Memphis Bleek is the wackest rapper alive (thanks to the game [who is still irrelevant BASEDGOD!])

  • ??????

    ^ You fags shut the fuck up. Lil B’s worst mixtape >>>> your favorite rapper’s existence.

    • http://www.facebook.com/L.Q.ENT L.Q.

      Don’t be so dumb…

      • ??????

        don’t worry.

  • D90

    how u can give him anything higher than a S for lyrics is beyond me… this nigga got no bars at all

  • Premier

    Yeah quit the dick riding XXL, Id rather see a review of Mixtapes like Premier Politics, and the likes of good new upcoming artists

  • swag

    Honestly if he takes a month to make a mixtape it will sound good

  • Jarred

    Lil B is the king of rapping. Who is tupac? Who is biggie? Nobody compares to The Based God
    Whoop whoop SWAG.

    • http://www.facebook.com/L.Q.ENT L.Q.

      Do you eve truly know what being “based” is??? Wait a minute. Lil B fans don’t read. I guess he F***ed ur b***h too. Dumbass follower…

  • dave

    i dont understand all the comments if you truely dont like something dont pay any attention to it and dont even speak about it but anyways why insult a guy when all he is doin is trying to do something good and positive…if you actually listen to his mixtapes its all about spreading love being positive not hatin…why hate him for that, even if you say he cant “rap”…alot of your favorite rappers like and respect lil b

  • Joe

    Lots of people who didn’t listen to the mixtape commenting up in here.

  • huck

    Thank you based god this is one of the best mixtapes I have ever known I have tears in my eyes

  • http://twitter.com/BasedHercules @BasedHercules

    If you say Lil B is wack. You haven’t listened to any of his mixtapes. Lil b can spit fire when he wants to; Angel Exodus & I’m Gay (I’m Happy) album is the album you lame haters need to peep.

  • $yk

    I ain’t NEVER seen ONE of his “fans” up here NAME SONGS they like from him, or even debate amongst yourselves as “fans” which is the best song YOU LIKE from him…just the usual “stop hating”, “he getting money”, “you don’t understand him”, “thank you basedgod” talk…

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    Lil b the realist in the game. Based god fuck the haters

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