Add Lil B’s “Base 4 Ya Face” featuring Jean Grae and Phonte to the growing list of collaborations that were birthed on Twitter. XXLMag.com chopped it up with the Brooklyn bred rapstress to find out how the unlikely collabo came about.
After seeing frequent collaborator 9th Wonder tweet about working with 2011 XXL Freshman, Grae, who first befriended the Based God on Twitter, sent him a congratulatory text and ended up getting invited on the track only hours before it was scheduled to leak online.
“I went through about four hours of hell trying to get it done ‘cause technology just wasn’t working for me,” Grae told XXLMag.com. “[9th] sent me ‘Te’s verse and [Lil B's] verse and I got it done, sent it back. About 15 minutes later, [9th] was like, ‘alright, I’m putting a link up.’”
Though the track features MCs who are the antithesis of one another according to the purist handbook, Grae doesn’t think it should have caused such an uproar. During his listening event for Angels Exodus LP in New York this past January, B mentioned wanting to pay tribute to “real lyricism” and name-checked Grae, MF Doom and RZA as inspirations.
“I really have an issue with people being so quick to judge things without even trying to listen to it or judge being judgmental in general,” Grae explained. “Hip-hop purists are the most judgmental people ever. I kinda don’t stand for it. I’m all for people being creative and free spirits and for not having rules. Not R. Kelly rules. There’s a difference. R. Kelly should have rules.”
Lil B’s Illusions of Grandeur featuring “Based 4 Ya Face” with Jean Grae and Phonte drops exclusively on XXLMag.com today (March 11) at 3 p.m. EST. —Carl Chery