140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (May 9 - 15)
New music! Jokes! Late graduations! Blunted revelations! Brotherly love! All of this and more on this week's edition of 140 Bars. Read on to get the best tweets in hip hop, from everyone from Kanye West to Lil B.
Frank Ocean Is Interviewing Lil B For His New Magazine
Based God was right -- this was the statement Frank Ocean chose to share before opening up about his sexuality on Tumblr back in 2012. Obviously, Lil B has inspired the reclusive singer, and thus it makes sense that the Oakland rapper will be featured in his new magazine, Boys Don't Cry.
Lil B Accuses Hotel Staff Of Stealing $10,000 From His Room
Throughout his career, Lil B has done nothing but give, whether it be free music, positive advice, or follows on Twitter, so it saddens us to hear that he's had $10,000 in cash taken from him. The Based God has accused the staff of Red Lion Hotel in Oakland of taking money from his room while he was out today.
10 Producer Remixes That Were Better Than The Original
With the evolution of producer software, everyone can make beats on their computer. It doesn't take a lot of money or studio time to learn how to chop up samples, loop drum patterns, and create something great. And we're finding more and more beatmakers are making quality tracks.
Lil B Is Doing Another Lecture This Month
Since his well-documented NYU lecture a few years back, Lil B has become a hot commodity as a motivational speaker. The Based God brought his gospel to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology just a few months back, and today announced that he's landed yet another gig, this time at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Taking to Twitter to spread the good news, the Bitch Mob rapper let his followers know that the event would be going down February 25th, and would be a student-only event (sorry non-CMU fans!).
TYBG: A Breakdown Of Lil B's Fans & Critics
Let’s get this out of the way up front. Lil B is not really a good rapper by almost any metric. This piece isn’t going to be some contrarian-for-click’s-sake editorial telling you that the Based God should have a bust in between Rakim and the Dipset Weed-Carriers Wing in the Hip-Hop Hall of Fame.
Lil B Saved From House Fire By Teenager
Early this morning, Lil B was awoken by someone banging on his door. That person was Mateo Ysmael, a resident of the same two-story duplex in Contra Costa County, CA, and to whom Lil B now admits he owes his life. An electrical fire had spread through the residence, and B was one of seven alerted to the news by Ysmael.
Frank Ocean & Lil B Are Working On New Music Together
Frank Ocean has been pretty reclusive over the past year. After releasing his debut album, Channel Orange, to both critical acclaim and Grammys (a weirdly rare feat to get both these days), he disappeared, deleting his Twitter account and rarely doing interviews. Still, we've been told that Frank has been working on his sophomore effort since only a couple months after Orange dropped, so as far as we know, he's been holed up working on music all this time.
"Hate Speech" Causes Facebook To Temporarily Deactivate Lil B's Account
Apparently free speech does not exist on Facebook because last night Lil B got his profile disabled for 30 days by the powers that be for a post. Yes, that's right. A teeny-tiny, one sentence post against America was enough to incite Facebook to block the Bay Area rapper. The post, which said, "If you were born in the 1950's or before and your family did not push to have segregation and slavery stop ur grandparents are pussy," got over a thousand "likes" before Facebook got wind of it and shut it down.
Lil B Talks Working With Lil Wayne, YouTube Partnership At MIT Lecture [Update: Watch The Full Talk]
Lil B delivered his first lecture in 2012 at NYU, which generated a lot of attention, and inspired some very thoughtful pieces. Most of all, Lil B's words were sincere and uplifting, which is why the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (which happens to be ranked as the number one university in the world) asked him to speak to students this week.
Lil B To Speak At Massachusetts Institue Of Technology
When it was first announced that Lil B would be lecturing at New York University in 2012, people were, understandably, pretty shocked, But after a ton of media coverage and positive feedback, the rapper continued his public, vaguely education speaking career, speaking at the slightly less prestigious University of California, Riverside
Kevin Durant Addresses "The Based God's Curse", Says He's "Cool" With Lil B
The Based God's Curse has been haunting Kevin Durant all year, and now it appears he's finally attempting to break the spell. If you haven't been following, the NBA star has been beefing with Lil B on and off since 2011, when he dissed the rapping skills of the self-deifying emcee. Since then, there's been sporadic back and forth between the two, with talk of a one on one game taking place at one point or another.
Lil B Creates "Basedmoji" iPhone Application
Lil B has struck gold once again with his brand new "Basedmoji" app. Now available in the iTunes store, the free download allows users to select from a wide variety of Based God-based animations for their personal text messages. "This Is A Very Rare App Designed And Developed By Lil B himself!!!," says the product's description. "COLLECT THIS APP AND SPREAD AROUND THE WORLD! This app was created by Lil B to have fun with your friends and family and celebrate the life of Lil B! I LOVE YOU! - Lil B"
Samples Of The Week: April 17
When hip-hop began, samples were all that DJs and producers had to construct instrumental tracks with. They'd dig through crates of vinyl trying to find isolated drum breaks, melodies or vocals that they could repurpose for use in hip-hop music. Today, sampling has become less common, but a choice sample can still push a track from lukewarm to hot faster than you can say "uh-huh honey".
140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (Feb. 8-14)
Dissecting the foibles of the hip hop community as expressed in under 140 characters on Twitter. Not just used as a device to flood people's timelines with your new track, album, video, or clothing line, sometimes rappers truly channel the unfiltered interaction with fans. Each week we take a look at some of the most memorable twitter moments from some of the genres biggest personalities.
Lil B Gives "Thank You Based God" Lecture At University Of California, Riverside
This isn't the first time we've heard of the most based Lil B giving a lecture at a university. In April of 2012, Lil B gave his very first university lecture to the student of NYU. Now Lil B has once again hosted a lecture organized by University of California, Riverside, yesterday, February 5th.
140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (Jan. 3-9)
Dissecting the foibles of the hip hop community as expressed in under 140 characters on Twitter. Not just used as a device to flood people's timelines with your new track, album, video, or clothing line, sometimes rappers truly channel the unfiltered interaction with fans. This week features Tyler, The Creator, Danny Brown, Chief Keef and more!