Kool Keith Addresses Lil B Comparisons, Praises His Work Ethic
"That guy is cool," Kool Keith says. "It's like he has a lot of work ethic to himself."
“Yeah, I saw some of his videos, matter of fact,” Kool Keith said in response to the comparison in an interview with VladTV. “Pretty cool. It’s like he’s making his own moves. He’ll film a video anywhere. He’ll cook breakfast and do his video. One video I saw that was kind of ill, he had some crazy grandmother hat on. It was crazy. But the record was wild. I like the dude’s motive of work. He keeps making records constantly. And he’ll film a video anywhere. And he got more views than the average person signed to a record label.”
Adding praise for Lil B’s work ethic, Keith went on to reference his lack of label backing.
“That guy is cool,” he said. “It’s like he has a lot of work ethic to himself. You know you gotta say sometimes, a guy that records like that, he’s not lazy. He’s making songs...No matter how much you see him it’s like, he has a place to go to make them songs...It’s not like he’s not making those songs. He’s making them naturally the way he wants to make them. It’s not like a record company is behind that stuff. You could listen to his music and you could tell it’s no executive sitting, telling him...Most artists you could tell it’s very executive-driven. Like, ‘Okay, this song is supposed to be directed this way. It’s more a lot of politics in the song.’ His song you could tell there’s no politics in the records at all. It’s just what he made.”
On the subject of Lil B’s one-take and prolific recording habits, Kool Keith said, “You don’t always have to make perfect records sometimes.”
“You might say a word that’s funny that you mispronounce and you wanna leave it like that,” he added. “Or you might wanna make up a word. You might want to make a word like ‘eradicize,’ that’s no such word in the dictionary. But it sounds so good on the record, you’re like, ‘I’m gonna leave “eradicize.”’ It sounds good. If you was with a label, they’d be like, ‘You didn’t say that word right. Why don’t you go back and edit it and take it out?’ Even if you was an R&B singer, you couldn’t sing a wrong word. I’m saying, that’s good for him. It’s definitely open-minded to the ears. A person like that can make anything and it opens doors for people who want to work on songs and feel more open about’em.”
Yesterday, Lil B released his Hoop Life mixtape. Alongside a dis for Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, the project features 32 other songs. The release is Lil B's second this year and follows his Basedworld Paradise project from February.