UPDATE: Rapper Lil B on capitalism, racism -- and how to make America great
By Kari Paul, MarketWatch
The self-described 'Based God' says everything he knows about finance was self-taught.
Rapper Lil B has no shortage of opinions to share.
He broadcasts his thoughts in 140-character-or-less spurts, sometimes dozens of times a day, with his 1.42 million followers on Twitter (https://twitter.com/LILBTHEBASEDGOD). (TWTR) The 28-year-old performer has gained a massive following with his self-released albums and mixtapes and his "based" life philosophy, preaching positivity and tolerance. "Based" is a slang word originally related to drug use that Lil B reclaimed to mean "being yourself," and "not being scared of what people think about you."
Releasing music directly to fans, Lil B claims he is worth $15 million today. His online commentary ranges from thoughts on racism (https://twitter.com/LILBTHEBASEDGOD/status/727905817437999104) to preventing nuclear war (https://twitter.com/LILBTHEBASEDGOD/status/736218203387363330) and putting curses on players he doesn't like (https://twitter.com/LILBTHEBASEDGOD/status/737485030264446976) in the National Basketball Association. Lately, his tweets have taken a turn toward financial commentary, as he condemns capitalism -- a system he called "disturbing" in a recent tweet -- and calls for universal health care.
MarketWatch talked with the Bay Area rapper by phone:
MarketWatch: Can you tell me about your relationship with money?