As an MC who has previously released a 676-song mixtape, Lil B knows a thing or two about doing something outlandish and gimmicky in order to generate attention and thus promote a release/further his career Now, though, The Based God is taking that tactic to an entirely new extreme by titling his upcoming album I’m Gay.
No word yet on when the LP will drop or what songs will make the final tracklist, but Lil B called into Green Lantern’s show The Invasion on SiriusXM’s Hip-Hop Nation on Tuesday to confirm that he wasn’t kidding about the title (via Complex). The rapper first announced the news during his set at last weekend’s Coachella Music Festival, explaining, “So many people be worried about what people mean and definitions of words and s–t… Now I like women, I love women, you feel me. But within yourselves, no matter what you do, it doesn’t matter, it’s like live life. You’ve only got one life to live. Be happy.”
And in news that should come as no surprise, the album title is already causing controversy. GLAAD (the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) released a statement on Monday, saying, “As a lyricist, Lil B knows that words matter. Slurs have the power to fuel intolerance. We hope that Lil Bs album title is not just a gimmick, and is really a sincere attempt to be an ally. He has the platform and the voice. We hope he uses it in a positive way.”
Responding to the statement, B told the hosts of The Invasion that while he’s “keeping it low” in regards to a direct response to GLAAD’s statement and his defense of the title, the MC isn’t afraid of the responsibility and sees this LP as one of the biggest releases of his career. “This is gonna change the world; it’s gonna make the world think. It’s bigger than me, and the message is gonna keep people talking. And that’s what music is about.”
As always, stay tuned to more on the album as it’s announced.