On a Saturday afternoon in Berkeley, Lil B stood in front of a packed amphitheater in a tangerine blazer and a long, flowing floral skirt.
He told the crowd at the Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, “Life is about giving.” That was the premise of the cult icon’s art show at which he allowed anyone in attendance to take whatever they wanted. Literally halfway through the speech he gave, B let everyone in attendance know that they were free to take whatever they wanted, including the work on the walls.
In his speech, he talked about his self-produced opus, Black Ken, about mental health and managing anxiety, and about processing trauma, connecting the dots from getting bullied as a kid to getting jumped by A Boogie and friends last year. The event was a full-on confessional where Lil B really wore his heart on the walls and interacted directly with fans.
It’s nice to see artists being so open with their fans in a world filled with superstars that try to stay away from any fan interaction.