Lil B Reveals Cover Art for ‘I’m Gay’ Album
Lil B has revealed the cover artwork to his salaciously titled forthcoming album, ‘I’m Gay.’ The album cover actually reveals that the Based God has modified the title of his album to ‘I’m Gay (I’m Happy).’ The cover was designed by Uncle Grumpy and liberally uses artist Ernie Barnes’ “Sugar Shack” painting as its template.
The original painting from Barnes, who died in 2009, was used as the cover for late R&B singer Marvin Gaye’s 1976 ‘I Want You’ album, which also serves as inspiration for Lil B’s cover since it uses similar colors. Previously, Bronx rap group Camp Lo used an image inspired by Barnes’ painting for the cover their 1997 debut, ‘Uptown Saturday Night.’
However, Lil B’s version is more club scene than juke joint. “Pretty much the album cover, you see, it’s the three sides of the slavery, mental slavery and mental freedom at the ending where everybody is happy,” Lil B explained to MTV News. “The reason why I did the ‘I’m Gay’ album, I really seen that the hip-hop community is being very close-minded and very hateful, very violent.”
Despite Lil B’s stated intentions, adding the ‘I’m Happy’ modifier to the album’s ‘I’m Gay’ title seems like a cop-out to many. Nevertheless, the “Ellen Degeneres” rapper believes he is still doing his part to battle homophobia in hip-hop. “People use evil words, money, separation, stuff like that. I just wanted to make this to show words don’t mean anything,” the Based Go said.
There is no set release date yet for ‘I’m Gay.’ In other music news, the West Coast rhymer revealed that he recorded a brand new track with Lil Wayne, which will find its way on the Young Money leader’s forthcoming mixtape, ‘Sorry 4 the Wait.’