Lil B "No Black Person Is Ugly" (video)

Lil B "No Black Person Is Ugly" (video)
The multi-layered persona of Lil B can come across as complex, but only because it's so simple. Whether he's spitting bizarre brag raps (like his entire Hoop Life mixtape, which was about the rapper making it to the NBA) or reinventing himself as a dreadful rock star, Lil B's made a career out of not having a filter. Since being "based" means letting every idea out no matter what, that sometimes results in some touching sincerity.

The song "No Black Person Is Ugly" (from his forthcoming Ultimate Bitch mixtape) is a heart-on-sleeve rumination on race and identity in present-day America. While it's the same Lil B we know and love, there's nothing that could be confused with irony here — it's just a sweet, positive, uplifting rap song. It's the flip side to B's freaked-out similes and wacky non sequiturs, and a reminder that he's one of the most important rappers we've got.

Read the excellent, straightforward lyrics to "No Black Person Is Ugly" courtesy of The Fader, and watch Lil B's video for the song beow.

No black person is ugly

No black person is ugly

No black person is ugly

No black person is ugly

Make another dime a day, try to make it rhyme away

Sometime my skin is the reason I'm alive today

Bigger than just the race, no card, just the race

No smile, fix your face, we all livin in this place

Trying to make peace with the police

I'm not on probation so why you out asking me?

This is not just about black. I wonder 'bout black.

Can we talk about that? You wonder why I talk back

My English not perfect, I'm not the best at school

But understand I love life's rules

Homeless people they even give me money

I'm too real for the game, reflection of the fame

I got cash, I hide all the pain

They scaring black people, they won't say a thing

That drama is a shame

They want to kill you before they even know your name

Sunshine, sunshine, looking for the sunshine

No black person is ugly, don't say it one time

No black person is ugly, don't say it one time

Sunshine, sunshine, for the sunshine

No black person is ugly, don't say it one time

No black person is ugly, don't say it one time

I'm sort like a Panther, I'm silent like the underground

Dealing with the trials of life. How did we get here today?

Black beauty not showed in the media

I was told that you got a afro, or you got a big nose

That your lips are too big, you talking low

My people understand so why you don't know?

It's just communication, if we all sat down and got past the revelations

The future of the people, advancement, trying to take chances

The media, propaganda—it slanders the black beauty

I'm not stupid, I see it every day

They got shows like Jailbreak but won't help you get straight

I'm trying to see black on more magazines

Own the streets, the hoods that they claiming

Never been racist or understand if you want to try to change places

I seen the other side, I know that's amazing, life is amazing

They want you to work to enslave you

They try to trick you to think they made you

We all got a voice, stand up against violence if it's close to your home

Stand up against rape, no means no

Clean up the streets, you feel me?

And stop that beef

Hands up for peace on the streets

Sunshine, sunshine, looking for the sunshine

No black person is ugly, don't say it one time

No black person is ugly, don't say it one time