Hip-hop listeners who value traditional mike skills will likely be aghast at Lil B's rap, which follows an MO I once described in the Reader as "slurred freestyles delivered with all the focused intensity of someone checking mike levels while distracted by several other tasks." Listeners who value audio fidelity of any sort will likely feel similarly, given that it sounds like Lil B just recorded himself rapping over the YouTube video for "Bang," which honestly he might have, knowing how that guy works. (The track's after the jump.)
Lil B, a self-described "Historical Online Figure," commands a huge and massively Internet-connected fan base among young listeners who don't share those concerns—not to mention the attention of more than a few grown-up music writers—and in the areas of Twitter under his control, "Bang" is the biggest thing that's ever happened to music, just like every new song Lil B releases. A couple hundred thousand rabid swag-rap fans ready to go bananas at the click of a button is a pretty nice thing for an up-and-coming artist to have.