Club Soda, Montreal, QC, September 21
Do you know who Lil B loves more than anyone? Himself. But do you know what else Lil B loves? Everything about Canada. The rapper and positivity guru also known as the Based God made his first ever appearance in Montreal a veritable love fest. After proclaiming himself beautiful and a legend, he turned his attention to the crowd, which was filled with diehards aching for the chance to yell "swag!"
Photo: Julie Michaud
Lil B is a weird mixture of self-obsessed and extremely appreciative. He calls himself an icon and then thanks everyone for showing up. He screams out "bitch shake that ass on my dick," and then pauses the song to tell the females in attendance that he means no offence with his cursing. The rapper even stuck around to take pictures with fans after the show; whether it was for their satisfaction or self-gratification didn't really matter.
The concert was exactly what anyone who knows anything about the Lil B persona would have expected. Each track paired heavy bass with verses that rarely rhymed and largely stuck to the theme of him getting head. Over the course of an hour and 45 minutes, he jumped from mixtape to mixtape, getting a distinct rise out of fan favourites "Swag Jerry Rice" and "Woo Woo Swag."
While the Based God might not have exceeded expectations as a performer, he met them as a personality and as a person. Those able to take it for what it was worth — an excuse to roll your wrists and laugh at the musings of a man who called himself "a bowl of positive energy... like a colour on the wall" — likely had an amazing time. His music is probably not "the future" of hip-hop, as he confidently asserted, but the songs are jammed with catchy choruses, bass for days, and are created and produced solely for enjoyment — Lil B's first, and then yours.
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