West coast Internet sensation Lil B has continually defied the odds with his defiant stance against what should be considered conventional in Hip-Hop. From his numerous “based” freestyles, propensity to infuse pop culture icons haphazardly in his raps and the like, the Based God shocked many when he announced the title of his upcoming album I’m Gay.
Although tongue in cheek from B’s perspective, the LP’s name caused a bit of an uproar which many feel was Lil B’s aim all along. Today, B revealed the cover exclusively to RapFix Live and while many fans anticipated a controversial piece of work, the album’s cover could be possibly be considered tame by many stretches of the imagination.
The I’m Gay album artwork was inspired by Marvin Gaye’s I Want You album cover drawn by late African American painter Ernie Barnes; Barnes also drew a similar piece for the opening credits of 70s sitcom Good Times. Lil B’s version is decidedly similar, much like Camp Lo’s debut album Uptown Saturday Night and its cover, but highlighting a message of the contrast between slavery and freedom.
As the pic spread throughout the blogosphere, fans have commented on the pic with most offering approving words of the artwork.
Flabbergasted Twitter user @EmpressEricka tweeted, “[For] the love of everything i believe in. i have no negative qualms with the cover of Lil B's album. someone help.me.” User @OddKnowledge added, “i like it. to me it represents needing to be open-minded and "mentally free" to enjoy what he does with his music.”
Confused fan @Dona_TaughtU remarked, “I've been starin at lil b's album cover for da past 30 min....I still dnt understand” while @exoticbeauty_x3 was too thrown for a loop and tweeted, “I dont get lil b's album cover.”
Most quotes were positive however, with user @hustleTillman capturing the general consensus by succinctly tweeting, “If that's really Lil B's album cover, I give him credit.”
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