Berkeley Rapper Lil B To Lecture At N.Y.U.

The talk sold out ten minutes after being announced on Twitter.

Brandon McCartney, the 22-year-old Berkeley native better known as the gold-grilled rapper Lil B "THE BASEDGOD", will be appearing at New York University's Kimmel Center on April 11, the university announced last week.

But the performer SPIN Magazine calls "the busiest man in hip-hop" won't be giving a concert. Lil B, who chose music over college after graduating in 2005 from Albany High School, will be lecturing.

“I went to 20 years of college and I’m glad I [can] help the Earth," he asserts on his ambient rap album Rain In England, released when he was 20.

"I got a master's in life, a bachelor's in love. I got a bachelor's in life, a bachelor's in peace."

The N.Y.U. talk sold out ten minutes after being announced on Twitter.

"I specialize in the progression of humans," Lil B later told Fuse. "It's gonna be a real progressive talk, and when everybody leaves, their lives will be changed."

The event won't be the first time Lil B's voice has sounded in the ivory tower. At UC Berkeley last year, professor and NPR commentator Geoffrey Nunberg incorporated "The Age of Information" into his History of Information lecture, screening Lil B's self-directed video and drawing out its arguments about technology and progress.

Lil B was a teenage protégé of Oakland rapper Too $hort, whom the 15-year-old met while serving a sentence in the Juvenile Justice Center of Alameda County.

Lil B first drew national attention as part of the hip-hop foursome The Pack, whose 2006 sneaker hit, "Vans", was released on Too $hort's label, Up All Nite Records.

Three years later, Lil B came back as a solo artist, writing his own self-help book at nineteen, Takin' Over by Imposing the Positive, and dropping his first full-length album, 6Kiss, under his new superhuman moniker, Lil B "THE BASEDGOD".

From the opening tracks of 6Kiss - "B.O.R. (Birth of Rap)" and "I'm God" – through the unstoppable stream of free albums and mixtapes which followed, including last month's God's Father and April Fool's #1 Bitch, Lil B has raised the stakes of hip-hop braggadacio to new - and blasphemous - levels.

"You know I always wanted to be the best. You know I always wanted to be God," he confesses at the start of "I'm God", whose video follows Lil B through a Catholic relics shop.

The shot stops at the altar, where Lil B turns to the camera and the Based God reveals himself.

Yeah is this what you really want, you got me in the flesh now
No, I'm not stressed out, I'm God, I'm the best out ...
Somebody tell the Earth I'm the best now
Somebody tell the ocean I'm the best out
Somebody tell the trees I'm here now
Somebody tell the world I'm Based now

Cal Performances, you've been told! The new rap God even wears Cal colors. Time to bring the Based God to Zellerbach.

km April 04, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Love the picture!
Tanya Jo Miller April 04, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Well if the guy's got a a "bachelor's in love," he's gotta wear the rose!
Jim Fisher April 04, 2012 at 08:16 PM
"A condition of complete simplicity (Costing not less than everything) And all shall be well and All manner of thing shall be well When the tongues of flames are in-folded Into the crowned knot of fire And the fire and the rose are one." - T.S. Eliot
Tim Q. Cannon April 04, 2012 at 09:09 PM
he's a friend of my son...nice young man...wish him all the success
Queena Kim April 04, 2012 at 10:25 PM
I swag, I cook, I swag, I cook!
Tanya Jo Miller April 05, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Hey Tim, nice to hear he's nice!! It's so hard to tell which part of him to take seriously!!
laura April 05, 2012 at 04:54 PM
http://www.worldstarhiphop.com/videos/video.php?v=wshhc02sXwT1ncI35oG9 it's more complex that Lil B is a nice guy.....
ilovesouthberkeley April 06, 2012 at 05:02 PM
UTube videos tagged with 2800 Krakk St Gang, (which of course is 2800 block Sacramento Street in Berkeley) Maybe he can give a lecture about what is going on there lately- I wish him much success!
Tanya Jo Miller April 06, 2012 at 05:38 PM
@ilovesouthberkeley -- it's funny you say that, I was thinking the exact same thing!
Tim Q. Cannon April 06, 2012 at 06:04 PM
well..he was nice to me..I fed him and he thanked me. He sure has a lot of ink, though.
Tanya Jo Miller April 06, 2012 at 06:25 PM
@Tim, Lots of ink, lots of metal teeth and LOTS of fanatical fans
Jim Fisher April 06, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Here's one of them. He's been wearing a sandwich board, "LIL B IS MY FRIEND 2012", and accosting strangers on the streets of NYC with his Based God iPod. He needs a miracle! "A Letter to Brandon McCartney" BY Eiman Makki http://youtu.be/wvduBDOstb4
Tanya Jo Miller April 06, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Okay, that video made me seasick and they really need to discover the powers of brevity!
Jim Fisher April 06, 2012 at 08:37 PM
No doubt. But I'm impressed with their enthusiasm. :)
Tanya Jo Miller April 06, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Yes, sadly it actually could have been an interesting video...but the real question is will they get the attention of the based god they're hoping for?
Jim Fisher April 06, 2012 at 08:45 PM
You never know when the Based God will shine his love upon a fan. He'd give a ticket to an insect if it asked nicely.
Christopher Reed August 02, 2012 at 05:57 AM
how can i reach ur son i needa speak to lil b


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