Lots has already been written about Lil B everywhere on the internet, which has probably made it harder to get your head around what he is and what he does, it certainly took me some time to figure out if I liked it or not. Simon Reynolds' article in The Wire about too much information to truly identify with an artist nowadays rings true when talking about people like Lil B - "Fanatical identification with an artist/scene has given way to drifting eclecticism and partial allegiance"
I've had 'Red Flame' and 'Blue Flame' for sometime and never really got round to listening to much else. So it wasn't with great expectation that I listened to 'Rain In England' for the first time yesterday (whilst it rained in England), but I am now a total convert. Despite the occasional remedial synth line that interrupts the strings and synth washes, it's totally hypnotic, stream of conscious poetry. Ruminating on the state of earth, how all women are us and we are them and various other stoner theory's.
'My Window Sill' is where the album really coalesces in to brilliance for me
Suicide seem like an influence on this - the minimal backing, the yelps, the beat poetry:
I read an article about the Black Keys in Mojo recently where the writer dismissed hip hop in 2011 as on a downward spiral, but with Lil B, Wiz Khalifa, Wacka Flocka Flame, Odd Future etc I think it's safe to say that he's a fucking dick.