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  • Thank You Based God - Thick Red Wine

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    I SUPPORT LIL B ○ http://drink.thickredwine.com
    video by scott salhanick ○ http://www.youtube.com/user...
    track recorded, mixed, mastered by phosphene productions ○ http://www.phospheneproduct...

    lyrics:

    This story's kind of sprawled out, well I guess that I should warn ya
    
Lil B's my favorite rapper, he's from Berkeley, California

    I heard him first in '06, he was in a group called The Pack

    They were just a bunch of teenagers, real hungry to rap
    
And their single "Vans" got famous, all the skaters really loved it

    "Got my Vans on but they look like sneakers," they preached from their pulpits

    But MTV wouldn't play their song, they called it a commercial

    They missed something entirely when they made it controversial

    Cause rap and skating culture are both socially rejected
    
It might have been a silly song but it was still about being different

    So a record label signed them on the strength of that 1 song

    Two years went by, the label dropped them, things had all gone wrong
    
Lil B was shattered so he came up with a plan

    To find a more direct way to connect with all his fans
    
As soon as he found MySpace, that's where the madness started at
    
A hundred forty pages, he made seven hundred tracks
    
And a lot were recorded poorly with a lo-fi punk aesthetic

    He talked about his life, got high, and came off schizophrenic
    
Psychedelic, funny; most important, he was honest

    His gift was letting words, unfiltered, flow from his subconscious
    
He called this being BASED; at first I did not understand it
    Sloppy and unnerving, sometimes lost and heavy handed

    I know rappers always claim they can find words right on the spot

    But no one shares unstructured thoughts quite like Lil B the Based God
    
His music is a diary, a transcript of his mind

    Spaced out, existential, sometimes he won't even rhyme

    He talks about his thrift store clothes, how he loves everyone
    
How people should be positive before reaching for their guns
    
It comes off kind of like a deconstructive science project

    Where he can pick apart cliches and forms within his genre
    He's got songs about celebrities, he's even made up his own dance
    
It's humorous and ludicrous, but it's all part of his plan

    Cause he's got other songs that reach unmediated truths

    Experimental hip hop, he gives his perspective on youth

    The Based World is a product of a strong grass roots persistence
    His life is a defense of the world wide web's mere existence
    Sure there's mediocrity, people will misuse it
    
But the digital community is the subtext to his music
    
He responds to every screen name out there as much as he can

    Appreciates support, he keeps his music free for fans

    I remember when his MySpace pages took so long to load
    Girls sent him tattooed half-clothed photos, he posted them in droves

    He's got videos filmed in his hometown blowing up on YouTube
    
Lives his life on Twitter, if you follow, he'd retweet you
    
And his fans sometimes might seem a little crazed in their devotion
    
But something in his music brings out complex strong emotions
    So you can call him terrible, you can say he sucks
    
But hatred looks so petty next to all the lives he's touched
    
Reaching out to us in ways that never happen often

    He dedicates his life to making hip hop's hard shell soften
    
Ambient and soulful, he's got one disc on a noise label

    Spoken word insanity, I heard it when I had no cable

    He's a role model for kids much more than popes or politicians

    Cause he lives for positivity and the power of ambition
    It's clear he's just a young man out there doing what he loves

    Not scared or shy to be himself when push comes to shove

    So Based God, I recorded this hoping one day you would listen
    
A token of my thanks for all the music you have given
    
You know that if the blogs and critics someday forget about you

    I'll be among the millions who are glad that they have found you
    
Accomplished as an artist, you've earned fans and many friends

    You stand for something special always worth time to defend

    So I say thank you Based God
    
For staying honest, staying Based
    
When the world won't fit you in


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