Lil B is unpredictable. The polarizing rapper, who has most recently made headlines for naming his upcoming album I’m Gay, is now collaborating with Roc Nation signee Jay Electronica. According to B, the pair are working together on an EP.
For the most part, B — who is most famous for his simplistic songs like “Ellen DeGeneres” and “I’m Miley Cyrus” — isn’t taken seriously as a lyricist, while Jay is regarded as one of the game’s top up-and-coming MCs. So for hip-hop purists, the collaboration may seem odd, but it makes perfect sense to Lil B.
“If you listen to Jay Electronica’s first mixtape that he had ’Exhibit C’ on, and if you really listen to him, there’s a lot of stuff that I feel in my heart are similarities,” B said. “You know, like, subject matter. It’s another level that we’re in tune on, because we’re here for the positivity and to make a change.”
Although Lil B has collaborated with well-regarded hip-hop artists like producer 9th Wonder and MCs Phonte and Jean Grae in the past, he admits that much of what he does isn’t necessarily rooted in lyricism but rather in making “the women go nuts.” Still, the Based God promises to deliver substance on the upcoming collaboration.
“This project with Jay is gonna be very spiritual, very uplifting, very deep,” he said. “It will be historical.”
As of yet, there is no name or date for Lil B and Jay Electronica’s upcoming release, but be sure to check MTV News for details as they develop.
And be sure to check out “RapFix Live” Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET on MTV.com for more on our interview with Lil B the Based God, along with Consequence and Pharoahe Monch.
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