On Lil B’s Memorial Day Wishes

Lil B The Based God's Memorial Day Wishes

First things first, I love the way Lil B quotes himself in all of his tweets. It reminds me of one of my all-time favorite jokes from the U.S. version of The Office: when Michael Scott puts an inspirational quote up on the wall of the conference room. The quote: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky – Michael Scott. I.E., Michael Scott’s quoting of Wayne Gretzky is as important as the quote itself. Anyway…

It was only a couple of weeks ago that we lost M-Bone, a 22-year old kid from Cali Swag District who was gunned down outside a restaurant in Inglewood, CA. Dude just wanted to teach the world how to dougie. Just horrible. I know his friends and family are still grieving and my heart goes out to them all.

Lil B of course sent out wishes to M-Bone, etc. But I really love his take on violence in general: “Why would you want to take someone’s life when we all die anyway?” is a very Buddhist stance. Fitting that a rapper like Lil B, who, to make a grand understatement, approaches life from his own unique perspective, would put things this way. (Lil B is The Based God, after all. So really it’s just one deity speaking to another.)

Wayne and The Game

Lil B’s tweet reminds me of one of the most flat-out WHACK songs of the year: The Game & Lil Wayne’s “Red Nation.” There’s two things majorly off about this song. One, it samples Zombie Nation’s “Kernkraft 400” (no relation to Kern pharmaceuticals), one of the cheesiest “Jock Jam” eurotrash songs this side of Haddaway’s “What Is Love.” Oh wait, Lil Wayne appeared on a track that samples that song too. (Although I actually like that one a lot. It’s good to hear Eminem starving for a change.)

The other, more obvious reason “Red Nation” is whack is of course, the gang element. I’m not going to get all Al Sharpton in this bitch and type a bunch of anti-gang platitudes at you. All I’ll say is – for a rapper who claims he’s so unique he’s not even from this PLANET, Lil Wayne is awfully enthusiastic about joining a club where everybody dresses and thinks the same. I have respect for repping for the block, repping where you came from, etc. But Tunechi would be so much more of a badass in my eyes if instead of “Blood the fuck up” he just said “Fuck Bloods.”

Happy Memorial Day, everyone.


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