Lil B the Based God, Phil Ade, Black Orchard, the Basix, Rockie Fresh, Vyle, SG, Prez | Hip-Hop | Chicago Reader
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Lil B the Based God, Phil Ade, Black Orchard, the Basix, Rockie Fresh, Vyle, SG, Prez Critic's Choice Recommended The List (Music) Soundboard

When: Sun., Oct. 31, 8 p.m. 2010
Price: $15
Lil B is a rapper, but his raps—slurred freestyles delivered with all the focused intensity of someone checking mike levels while distracted by several other tasks—demand to be judged by standards all their own. Though he falls short on most points of technique, there's something hypnotic about his druggy delivery, and it's weirdly compelling that he only raps about getting high, the ladies who give him blow jobs despite his addiction to skinny jeans, and the extent of his "swag"—a term he seems to have singlehandedly rescued from early obsolescence. That he often compares his swag to that of Paris Hilton and Ellen Degeneres (and refers to himself as a "pretty bitch") only adds to the intrigue. So far radio has had no use for him, but he seems to have even less use for it—with his hyperactive presence on YouTube, Twitter, and other social networks, he's earned a large and devoted fan base. A bunch of those fans will no doubt be right up front at this show, doing his signature "cooking" dance, getting buck to his bangtastic "Wonton Soup," and not giving a shit what a guy writing for some last-century newspaper has to say about it. Phil Ade, Black Orchard, the Basix, Rockie Fresh, Vyle, SG, and Prez open. 17+. —Miles Raymer

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