The Top 10 Best Quotes From Lil' B's NYU Lecture
Cheers or jeers?
Rapper Lil' B - solo star, member of San Francisco group The Pack, and the man who refers to himself as a "God" while also titling his solo album "I'm Gay" to help counteract homophobia - held an 80-minute, unscripted lecture at New York University last night, in which he touched on everything from encouraging the 500 students in attendance to embrace their beauty to explaining why washing one's hands is so important; from sharing his love of insects and gold to considering running for President.
Below are his top 10 quotes:
Lil' B Loves Animals: "You know I’m the first rapper to adopt a tabby cat. You know I adopted straight from the ASPCA, you feel me? Just breaking the boundaries, man..."
Lil' B Was Self-Conscious: "You know, you grow up. I remember when I was younger, I didn’t know how to walk. I was so young, I was wondering how I was walking. Am I walking weird? Something’s in my butt? You know what I mean? But really so conscious, though. So hard on myself."
Lil' B Isn't Prejudice: "Stop giving negative words so much power. Instead of saying, 'Hey, look at him, he’s black,' just say, 'Hey, where are you from? What is your nationality? Just take two seconds instead of generalizing, because, I promise you, I looked up what black means online, and black means something like coal, you feel me?"
Lil' B Bases Friends Off Their Voices: "But be honest with yourself. Be around people who represent you, who you feel is on the same kind of monotone, you feel me?"
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Lil' B Thinks You're Pretty: "Sometimes you go to the mirror like, 'Oh my god, I’m not that gorgeous.' But it’s all from your heart though, and that’s why you can always feel gorgeous, one hundred percent. To say 'I’m not that gorgeous' is only a reflection of the media. You are gorgeous. I’m telling you."
Lil' B Can Play 'Simon Says': Don’t ever deny the voices in your head either. Listen to them. Let your mind tell you how you feel. Let your body tell you. Be in tune with your rare—this is a very rare thing. I’m like a robot. Hey look, tell your hand to do this. [Raises hand]. It’s like, man, that’s amazing,"
Lil' B is a Germaphobe: "Salute to our brain and our cells fighting for us, fighting off those infections when you rub your butt and you forget to—when you’re writing a paper and you wipe your butt and you go to shake your partner’s hand. Wash your hands! Wash your hands! It’s crazy!"
Lil' B Gives Good Advice: "I seen the people I like with gold teeth, and I was like, man, I want gold teeth. He looked like me and I wanted gold teeth. Everybody can get a grill in here. Everybody should embrace that. Get gold teeth! Don’t be thinking so hard, like, 'Oh, man, I can’t get gold teeth.'"
Lil' B Fears Mitt Romney: "I’m out here getting my Mitt Romney on. Show the world we’re beautiful! I better not talk about Mitt or you might not see me. What happened to Lil B? Lil B is in jail. Why is he in jail? Imprisoned by the government. Lil B made jokes about Mitt Romney at NYU and he’s in prison for some reason."
Lil' B Likes Language: [Audience member asks, "What inspires you?"] "You guys. It’s you, bruh. Being here, we could be brothers now. It’s good, regardless. And everybody, speak both languages too. Listen to slang. Slang is like learning another language. Be bilingual and go learn some slang. For sheezy! Brang dang dang. If you know some slang, rep that. You feel me? You feel me?! Yeah, bruh. Use swag, yeah, dummy."
So, what'dya learn?