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Take a look at the visual for SGP’s ‘Osiris of the East’ which is off his debut studio album Mysterious Phonk : The Chronicles of SpaceGhostPurrp . You can buy the album digitally on iTunes.

Whatever you do just make sure you don’t sleep on SpaceGhostPurrp and Raider Klan, they’ve steadily been putting out heat and building momentum with each live show and mixtape.

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The G.O.O.D music crew just dropped this visual for ‘Mercy’. It appears that ‘Ye set the dress code for the video to be Gothninja everything. Time will tell if this will be the tone and visual style of the upcoming ‘Cruel Summer’ album.

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If you’ve been on the internet at all in the last 24 hours you’ve definitely seen A$AP Rocky’s new visuals for the hit-boy produced banger ‘Goldie’. This behind the scenes video gives viewers a glimpse into the making of Goldie is worth visiting simply for the awkward video call conversation between Rocky and Alexander Wang. Watching the whole interaction begs the question is Alex a rap fan on the low or is he trying to position himself and his brand on the relevancy bandwagon? I don’t have the answer but his OFWGKTA frat-house themed party was a definite highlight of NYFW last September.

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I was fortunate enough to see Lil’B the Based God’s #rare speaking engagement tonight at the NYU Kimmel Center. The experience was an unique one : part interactive fan meet & greet, part motivational speech and part based TED talk on humanity. There was minimal cooking (the million dollar dance) but Lil’B touched on a breadth of topics in a manner that was humble, supportive and unscripted.


Lil’B reinforced his core ‘based’ message which is positivity and really being comfortable in your own skin. It’s a common theme in his music , videos and online persona so it was no surprise that it took center stage at NYU. Lil’B shared his own experience becoming the person and artist he is today. He stressed that it was important to live not for perceived success but for your personal sense of fulfillment. As he mimicked falling asleep on the table on stage he explained that he slept wonderfully every night because he was true to himself and his values namely “Honesty, integrity, friendship, passion…”

Much of the lecture was spent on sharing his idea that the barriers between human beings need to be broken down so that judgement, stereotypes and outdated definitions did not cloud interactions between individuals. Additionally he touched on the idea of forgiveness and it’s importance to society. We live in a “Hit me, I’ll hit you back” world and he stressed the importance of forgiveness replacing this mentality.

He shared one of his secrets to life.

“Every single person you meet, look at them like a golden million dollar baby.”

Issues and Life Lessons

Lil’B spoke on some issues near and dear to his heart.

“It’s funny, you feel me, this is how I really feel. I’m glad I can come tell you guys and you can see my personality and see this is really Lil B. This is what he wants. Regardless of what anybody says, I want all of you to live as long as possible, have a great, healthy life, fun, full of adventure, full of mystery, full of trials and tribulations. Just going through and seeing things, being able to forgive.

Test your friends. See who really loves you. Remember that. See who will be with you forever. Just see. Take some time out for yourself.”

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Some of the things I think about on the daily: I just want my people to be safe. [Audience member: “What you think about, bro?!”] Safety, man. And real talk, everybody make sure you wear seat belts, for real.

“Let’s stop fracking. Who knows about hydraulic fracking?”

“I’m like whodie, get that oil out the ocean!”

“I’m the first rapper to adopt a tabby cat. I adopted it straight from the ASPCA, you feel me?”


After a member of the crowd suggested Lil’B run for president, he touched briefly on politics.

“I may run for president because when you run for president everything comes out and I have nothing to hide or be ashamed of.”

“I’m out here trying to get my Mitt Romney on.”


Lil’B announced that he would be working with Lil’Wayne again in the very near future as well as a yet unnamed artist who in his words was one of the biggest artists in the world. He also announced that he was branching out of the hip-hop genre.

“You guys are the first to hear it: I’m actually releasing my rock album. This is gonna be some garage punk. This one’s for the rebels. Look out for the Lil’B rock record, California Boy.”

He also stated that he is 100% still with The Pack and that new Pack music is in the works.

Sidebar: Lil’B also paints and he prefers watercolor (though his clothing is strictly in dior paint) . Can we expected to see based art soon?

There was a feeling in the room that the lecture hall had been transformed into a real life @lilbthebasedgod twitter feed. Retweets and mentions had been replaced by audible woops, swags, thank you Based Gods and honest dialogue between between fans and Lil’B.Being someone who has supported Lil’B as an artist for quite some time I came away from the lecture feeling I had a better understanding of the ‘Basedworld’ that Brandon seeks to create.

Everything about Lil’B does pretty much defies classification or convention and this was no exception. It was really refreshing to see a musician enthusiastically embrace their role as a social activist. So often that attempt can seem forced or deliberate but Lil’B has captured the hearts and minds of a young generation who grew up with a steady dose of social media, free music and political/religious apathy. Through his celebrity, intelligence , charisma, and fearlessness Lil’B has been able to entertain without compromises and teach without pretension.

From my observance of the NYU students that filled the auditorium, those who attended TRULY did enjoy the hour-plus long lecture. Lil’B stuck around afterwards to sign autographs for and take photos with as many fans as the time-slot admitted. Indeed tonight’s lecture at NYU convinced me that Lil’B has transcended his self-appointed title of historic online figure and become a historic real-life figure. I can only sum up the experience with one word.

Thanks to Peter from NYU for helping me with a ticket.
And Thank you Based God.

Photos and words by Rocky Li

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Danny Brown often gets lumped in with other blogger-dubbed weirdo rappers but exploring his music will make it clear that he’s got his style all his own. Since giving his free 2011 album XXX many solid listens I am convinced that Danny Brown is here to stay. Hip-hop is evolving and artists like Danny are key to ensure that music moves forward and that artists can stray away from the tired conventions that come attached to being a rapper.

These photos above and below excerpt from the Fader’s Feb/Mar 2012 issue portray a snapshot of the Detriot-based raper.

‘Danny Brown smokes back-to-back Newports the moment he steps outside the lobby of New York’s Dream Hotel. He tucks his hair discreetly under a black baseball cap. Lanky with two front teeth missing from a bicycle accident, Brown wears pristine black Jeremy Scott-designed Adidas Originals with two extra tongues and a thousand-dollar black Moncler ski jacket he bought to taunt “baller white motherfuckers” he saw wearing the same coat in the airport. It’s a week before Christmas and the 30-year-old Michigan native, born Daniel Sewell, is in town for a celebratory performance at his label Fool’s Gold’s holiday party.

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Without a doubt, A$AP mob is killing the rap game right now. Rocky in particular has one of the freshest sounds and looks in music period. Wassup is in the early lead for my favorite video of 2012. Being a big fan of 90’s rap videos, this definetly takes me back to that era.


A.$.A.P Rocky teamed up with VICE to create a video inspired by Scarface, Belly, Enter The Dragon, The Warriors and, Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory.

The result is a video that follows A.$.A.P Rocky through a dreamy fantasy world filled with 40s, Ferari’s, homies and hoards of cash.

Hands on the Wheel – Schoolboy Q. Feat. A$AP Rocky

A Kid Cudi cover sung by Lykke Li turned trill. Nuff said.

Also as a bonus to our readers check out this video by Complex that features Jeremy Scott and A$AP Rocky speaking on personal style.

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