Lil B’s ‘I’m Gay’ Album Title Questioned by GLAAD
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is responding to B's album title with a hint of skepticism.
"As a lyricist, Lil B knows that words matter. Slurs have the power to fuel intolerance," a representative for GLAAD told XXLmag.com. "We hope that Lil B's album title is not just a gimmick, and is really a sincere attempt to be an ally. He has the platform and the voice. We hope he uses it in a positive way."
During his set at the famed Coachella music festival Saturday (April 16), the Bay Area native revealed the album title as a tongue-in-cheek rebuttal to rumors surrounding his sexuality.
"I'm gonna do the most controversial thing in hip-hop," the West Coast rhymer said. "Ya'll heard it first. And I'mma just show you that words don't mean s--t. I'mma make an album called 'I'm Gay,' right. Now I'mma tell you why I'm the first person to do it in hip-hop and why you're the first people to know my reasons. I'm just gonna tell you. So many people be worried about what people mean and definitions of words and s--t... Now I like women, I love women, you feel me. But within yourselves, no matter what you do, it doesn't matter, it's like live life. You've only got one life to live. Be happy."
In the past few months, Lil B, known as the Based God, has drummed up a hefty amount of press, even making it on the list of XXL's 2011 Freshman class. Whether or not he is serious about the album title, or if it is merely a ploy to garner attention, remains to be seen.
Watch Lil B Perform 'Wonton Soup' at Coachella 2011