Lil B "the BasedGod"(born Brandon McCartney) is a Berkeley, California-based indie rapper. Formerly a member of Bay Area group The Pack, Lil B has focused on his solo career from 2009 onwards. Lil B is well-known for being a prominent yet extremely polarizing fixture of Swag Rap, using social networking(particularly MySpace and Twitter) to build a large online fanbase, and his highly-memetic music.Lil B is extraordinarily prolific in terms of his musical output, and has released the vast majority of his work as free mixtapes, and has collaborated with a number of other rappers including Soulja Boy, Cormega, and Lil Wayne.Some of Lil B's well-known songs include:
Colbert Bump: Producer Clams Casino, who is now better known for his work with Swag Rap artist A$AP Rocky, started gaining exposure thanks to his work with Lil B, particularly on tracks like "Cold War" and "I'm God".
Rapping to Himself: On several tracks, particularly "I'm Fabio" and "BasedGod Fucked My Bitches", Lil B raps about meeting the BasedGod, which is a character he created.
Real Men Wear Tiny Pants: Lil B is known for, and proudly proclaims, his love of short shorts and tight pants. From "I'm God":
''"Bet I'm the only goon nigga in these tiny pants"
Stealth Parody: His cooking songs are undoubtedly this, as they are based on satirizing rap stereotypes and making fun of hip-hop conventions. There are loads of people who take him at face value and think he's being serious without having heard any of his actual attempts at rapping like Illusions of Grandeur. And then there are the people who think his cooking songs are good.
Theme Naming: The "Flame" series of mixtapes. A number of his mixtapes include the phrase "based" as well.
Title Only Chorus: Happens a lot on his cooking songs. "Justin Bieber", "I'm Miley Cyrus", and "Bitch I'm Bill Clinton" are great examples of this.
Tone Shift: Illusions of Grandeur is generally a much more serious work than most of his output, with lyrics focused more on his petty criminal past and life in a poor urban community. Unlike most of his other mixtapes, there are almost no "cooking" songs.
In general, the "Paint" series of mixtapes is more ambient and spoken-word styled, with more introspective lyrics and nary a shout of "SWAG" or "WOOP" to be found.
Verbal Tic: Extremely often, with shouts of "swag", "WOOP", "BasedGod" "chef", "knife", and "cook" in between lines.
He also goes "Mmmm", "AAAAGH", "OKAAAY" and "YESSS" quite a bit.