Lupe Fiasco Praises Lil' B's New Album, I'm Gay (I'm Happy)
Lately Lupe Fiasco has been getting attention more for his controversial political tirades than for his talent as a skate-happy rapper. It’s not surprising, then, to hear of his latest stance in support of fellow rapper Lil’ B’s ire-raising new album, I’m Gay (I’m Happy), which hit stores June 29.
In a written review of the Bay Area-based MC, posted onto his own website, lupefiasco.com, Fiasco praised the young rapper’s bravery in choosing such an attention-grabbing album title.
“First, let me make something abundantly clear, the title "I'm Gay (I'm Happy)" I think is absolute genius, said Fiasco on his website. Those two words together side by side in almost any format in the society we live in can be a cultural and social death sentence… I'm talking a shanked in the shower, beat with a bat, beheaded on Friday kinda death. The best and rarest of braveries is bravery in the face of death.
Fiasco never actually got around to reviewing the album in detail; instead, he centered his glee over Lil’ B around the aforementioned album title and one line in particular:
"The Hood Is A Lie!"
In fact, the Food & Liquor rapper was so enthralled with Lil’ B’s "absolute lack of fear when it comes to challenging the status quo" that he has informally inducted the youngster into his “Liberation Rock” music genre, a subgroup of supposed conscious rappers that get the Fiasco stamp of approval.
“What I was witnessing was a man in the process of profound self-realization and self-awareness. And seeing that this road has led to the promised land in the form of "I'm Gay (I'm Happy)" has been for me just as fulfilling as the new understandings that I'm sure Lil Bars has come upon if the content of his new album is anything to go by.”
When Lil’ B first announced the album title earlier this year, many thought he was lying, joking or being offensive, provoking protests from LGBT groups who said that the album name was a gimmick. According to the rapper, however, the title suggests an intended separation from the homophobic stigma in the hip-hop community.
"Pretty much the album cover, you see it's the three sides of the slavery, mental slavery and mental freedom at the ending where everybody is happy," said Lil’ B to MTV News. "The reason why I did the ‘I'm Gay’ album, I really seen that the hip-hop community is being very close-minded and very hateful, very violent."
“I just wanted to make this to show words don't mean anything."
Perhaps Fiasco is taking career advice from Lil’ B, as he recently caused a mini-controversy when he called President Barack Obama a terrorist, then appeared on national pundit television show, The O’Reilly Factor, to exchange battle words with Bill O’Reilly. In the midst of the matter, Fiasco has announced that Food & Liquor 2, the follow-up to his debut album, Food & Liquor, is in development and will be released soon.
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