March 29, 2012


EXCLUSIVE: Lil B Opens Up On "Life-Changing" Lecture at NYU

Tim Mosenfelder
Tim Mosenfelder

Lil B is constantly speaking his mind on Twitter, and on Tuesday, he hit Twitter to announce that he'll be taking his opinions to a much more prestigious venue: New York University. The rapper is set to give a lecture at the university's Kimmel Center on April 11!

The lecture sold out in about 10 minutes and set Twitter ablaze, with his announcement trending worldwide. So yesterday, I called Lil B, aka Based God, to get the details on his lecture, but he couldn't talk because, as he said, "I'm on the phone with my mom." I called back today and he was down to talk, so I asked him how the speaking engagement came about.

"They reached out to me via email," he explains. "Respect to NYU because they really see what I give to the world and they really believe in me. Respect to [NYU President] John Sexton. I got swag like Sexton. Spread the positive."

He continues, "I wrote a book when I was 19, a long time ago [three years], and it was overlooked as one of the most positive books ever. But it's actually really cherished by a lot of people. Its called Taking Over by Imposing the Positive."

So what, exactly, is Lil B planning to lecture about? Unfortunately, he remains tight-lipped on that: "I wanna keep that super secret until we get there, but what I will tell you is that I specialize in the progression of humans. It's gonna be a real progressive talk and when everybody leaves, their lives will be changed."

Re-read those last two sentences, and then continue.  

I ask if he'll bring any guests to the lecture, or if he's planning to perform any music, and he says that while no guests or music are planned, "I might do some rare Based God production and show the Based God's face there." I'm not sure if this contradicts his statement that he's not playing any music, or if he doesn't consider Based God productions music, but we move on. 

We chat about Madonna's playful use of his lyric, "Hoes on my d*ck 'cause I look like Madonna." In the studio recently, she reportedly sang, "Hoes on my d*ck 'cause I am Madonna."

"I love it, man!" he says. "Oh my god!"

"That’s funny because I feel like I am the hip hop Madonna," he adds. "I love Madonna so much because, like, I been in the game a while too. My mom is a big fan of Madonna! I got Madonna swag in me." Then he goes off the rails a bit, raising his voice: "I been rockin' with Madonna ... you feel me?" Then he adds, "I been rocking with Backstreet Boys," and sings their hit "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)." 

He tells me he needs to wrap it up, and then gets off the phone. So there it is! Lil B at NYU.

I wish they'd livestream the damn thing! What do you guys think? Tell us in the comment section below.