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Lil B NYU Lecture: Rapper Announces Rock Album, Reveals He is ‘First Rapper to Adopt a Tabby Cat’

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Lil B‘s highly anticipated NYU lecture finally took place last night, and from all accounts it was every bit as revelatory as expected.

Taking the stage to ambient tones and chants of “based god,” the Berkley native let flow a stream of consciousness-style missive detailing his outlook on life, alternately pacing in his signature scarf, and lying on a table in the middle of the stage. If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to have an 80-minute conversation with Lil B, while high on ecstasy, here you go.

During the course of the talk, which you can read in full here, B instructed his student audience on various subjects, including respecting women (“to respect women is obvious, yo”), safety (“real talk, everybody make sure you wear seat belts, for real”), littering, spiritual positivity (people here are a high class of honor, and people from the highest class call me the based god”), fine art (I’m a watercolors type of dude, so definitely collect some of my rare paintings), and announced plans to release a rock album.

“This is going to be real respect,” Lil B exclaimed. “This is going [to be] some garage punk. This is going to be for the rebels. And the women and the ladies, we about to be having a real good time. But look out for my Lil B rock album, California Boy.”

B also revealed that he’s the first rapper to adopt a tabby cat.

“But at the end of the day, I look at animals and insects. You know I’m the first rapper to adopt a tabby cat. You know I adopted straight from the ASPCA, you feel me?,” the “Pretty Bitch” rapper continued. “With the bugs, man, you just be looking at them. Because I was having these big ant problems in my house. It was crazy. And these are people in their own way, too. As I was studying these ant colonies infesting my house daily, I’m not kidding you, I left food out and 20 minutes later r-r-r-r-r and I’m like, man, they already know! They get it down pat! And real talk, like, seeing these ants and studying them and respecting them, it’s like, man, they’re in their own community too. They’re trying to survive. They love. They fight. They telling themselves something. We can’t understand, but one day we will. I’m trying hard to figure it out. I’m there with them.”

While we could quote from Lil B’s speech all day, we’ll leave you with one last passage, in response to an audience member’s question about a Lil B fashion line.

“I’m not here to capitalize on people. I only do what I really love. I got full control of this. I know people want to buy stuff from me, and I know a lot of people are buying other clothing lines thinking they’re me. So anybody you’re buying, you’re supporting them, and that’s good. Support humans,” B said, before switching gears to relate his joy at paying taxes. “I’m about to pay taxes, and I’m happy because of that. I’m happy. I don’t know what it’s going for, and I pray it’s going to the people. The government says that and I’m going to give them the benefit of the doubt. But, hey, look, anybody is smart and has some facts, let me know. But until further notice, I’m paying taxes and I’m loving it.”

Thank you, based NYU.
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