EXCLUSIVE: Lil B talks new album and working with Kanye West
Brandon McCartney, AKA Lil B: Published author, music video director and social media guru who penned his first Billboard hit at just 15. Now, the California-born rap phenom is in the country for his first ‘The Based God’ Australian tour.
We caught up with the 'I Am Swag' singer to talk everything from music to his upcoming rock album and plans to work with Kanye West.
MTV: Welcome to Australia! What have you been up to so far?
Lil B: I love it here, man. It’s crazy. The people are amazing and there are so many beautiful women. I love Australian women. [This tour] is life changing for sure.
MTV: Are you going to be catching up with any Aussie artists while you’re here?
Lil B: I’ve been talking to Joel and Benji Madden. We are going to get together while I’m here. I definitely want to work with Good Charlotte on my new rock music.
MTV: Speaking of new music – tell us about the upcoming album.
Lil B: I’ve never dropped an album. Everything I’ve released has been a mixtape – some of them critically-acclaimed. But now I’m focusing on my rock album. It’s going to be monumental.
MTV: Monumental, huh?
Lil B: Yeah, I changed the rap game, you know. I changed the world. I’m making history every day.
MTV: Can we talk about Kanye West for a minute?
Lil B: I definitely respect Kanye and I definitely love what he does for music. He’s a great producer, and a great rapper. I’m definitely excited to see what he continues to bring to the table.
MTV: Can we expect to see you two in the studio together?
Lil B: I’m no Kanye but I know he’s watching me, you know. It’s all love. I definitely could see myself working with him in the future.
MTV: Any advice for people who want to follow your game?
Lil B: Don’t be scared to be yourself and let the people love you for you. You’ll make it – it just takes time.
MTV: Any last words?
Lil B: Just love the music.
Niche Productions presents Lil B with special guests in Brisbane, Sydney and Perth. For tickets and more info click here.
— Leni Andronicos