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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Read/hear Lil B's batshit crazy, life-affirming NYU lecture

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Last night Lil B, the most unflappably uncategorizable figure in hip-hop, gave a rambling, near-ninety minute lecture at NYU's Kimmel Center in which the BasedGod shared his thoughts on life, love and the human condition to a packed and ecstatic house. Below, an audio clip of the entire thing for your workday listening pleasure. (FADER also has a transcript, which, wow, that must've taken all damn night to type out.)

The surprising thing about the Berkeley rap misfit's lengthy screed isn't that it's topically all over the place (insects? cuddling? hygiene?), or even that B touches on some relevant and pressing socioeconomic issues (war, commerce, media) in unique and interesting ways. It's that he somehow manages to pull it all together into one enormous, life-affirming message. Those familiar with the rapper's M.O. know that love and positivity are a big part of the dude's deal; that there's evidently such a deep well of substance behind the buzz words is an unexpectedly pleasant realization. (His lyrics haven't exactly, uh, confirmed this thus far.)

I'd post excerpts from the speech but really, none would do the full message justice on its own. Read or listen to the whole thing (there are also several video clips floating around). Trust me. You'll be glad you did.

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