The album cover to Lil B’s, Berkeley, California based rapper, new album titled I’m Gay (I’m Happy).
The first pane states Slavery, the second panes states Mental Slavery while the third pane majestically proclaims Mental Freedom. As many of you are aware, the album deals with the psychological conditions of the middle pane while evoking inescapable past struggles as he yearns for true freedom, a freedom encompassed by the phrase mental freedom. Therefore one is unsurprised to learn that Lil B consistently evokes slavery and other somber moments in black history throughout the album as he critiques the many forms of slavery that impede the progress today towards a complete mental freedom.
And the rap game/ It’s the slave trade/ No time for meditation/ Turning into robots/ The Devil is money/ It’s not even human/ The people die for a piece of paper/ It’s so stupid
-from the song “Unchain Me” [link to song]
Mental slavery/ Niggas be hanging off of trees in the woods, like the hood/ It’s more than Martin Luther King, fighting for a dream/ Watch me go against everything you believe/ They desrespect you tryna spark a dream/ Everybody knows it’s easy to fail but it’s harder to think…
-from “Trapped in a Prison” [link to song]
Lil B should consider reading Manning Marable’s How Capitalism Underdeveloped Black America: Problems in Race, Political Economy, and Society.
Edited for length purposes but this is Lil B.