Lil B Releases Rock Song "California Boy," Proves He Still Has the Ability to Surprise
After declaring that he's God, he's gay, he's Justin Bieber, he's Jesus, and he's an NYU lecturer, Berkeley rap provocateur Lil B is now out to try and be something else: a rock 'n' roller.
Based God's latest leg-puller is "California Boy," a parodic but somewhat credible acoustic-electric rock song that -- apart from B's voice and perhaps the gold teeth -- could stand in for a particularly tepid Goo Goo Dolls or Gin Blossoms B-side.
That is, if the Goo Goos or the Gin Blossoms ever wrote couplets like, "So much love is in the air/ Just go take a look outside/ Peace is the only thing that we can do/ And all we can do is try."
So yeah, it's not a masterpiece -- although it's way better as rock than some of B's previous attempts at rapping. But even given the comical lyrics and the wrote-this-in-23-seconds chorus (hint: he's just a California boy), Lil B is being more savvy than careless here (or maybe savvy-carless?), trying on enough guitar-band cliches so that -- while it's obviously a joke on some level -- he's thoroughly donned the mantle of "rocker." How serious is he? We'll find out soon, because "California Boy" is apparently just the first single off an upcoming Lil B rock album, the thought of which nearly makes us giddy. Until then, enjoy the video, where B goes and hangs out with a bunch of boys and girls at Cal Berkeley: