Lil B released his controversially-titled new album I'm Gay (I'm Happy) Wednesday without warning, and took an extra step on Thursday afternoon, posting a Mediafire download link for fans a little light in funds to pick up for free.
The rapper posted the following, after leading fans to an iTunes download link:
The link takes fans to a free Mediafire download of the album
"I'm just really trying to push the boundaries, bring a message," Lil B told Billboard last month. "It's a very personal album. It's going to touch the people. I'm letting the earth, life to tell me when to do it and when is the right time [to release it]. I don't want to rush into this."
Other artists are getting behind Lil B's decision to name his album I'm Gay in an atmosphere of deep homophobia within Hip-Hop culture. Lupe Fiasco took to his site to break down the logic behind his support: "What gets Lil B admission into my coveted genre of "Liberation Rock" is his absolute lack of fear when it comes to challenging the status quo," Fiasco said. "Let me make something abundantly clear, the title "I'm Gay (I'm Happy)" I think is absolute genius. Those two words together side by side in almost any format in the society we live in can be a cultural and social death sentence."
Lil B received many death threats and unending ridicule for the album's title. Lupe addressed these as well: "The word "gay" referring to homosexuality in the minds of the "guilty," as well call them here, sent shockwaves throughout our hip-hop community. Making Lil B the target of attack and ridicule. But Lil B's ultimate intention and preference for the word "gay" was its "one who is happy" definition. So basically my lil homey was being attacked for being happy."
Somehow, despite the hype and controversy, "Lil B released his retail album without it leaking. After over a decade of trying, no major record label has figured out how to do this," said Brendan Frederick, Deputy Editor of Complex Magazine tweeted.
And he's absolutely right.