A little over a week ago, our Zack Frederick caught Lil B‘s show at the Regency Ballroom, about which he wrote:
Even after doors opened, a line wrapped up Van Ness and snaked down one of those wet, trashy side-alleys that run like veins into the Tenderloin. The kids were out en masse and buzzing with energy — weed smoke and echoing BASED GOD shouts hung in the alley. By the time The Pack, Lil B’s first rap group, who rose to fame with the Bay Area hit “Vans” (but they look like sneakers), finished warming up the crowd, I felt way too old and also very, very alive. Mosh pits began to form. People in the crowd literally knew every word of Lil B’s two hour set. The floor shook when Lil B launched into crowd pleasers like “Wonton Soup,” “Ellen Degeneres,” and “I’m God.” His between-song sermons on positivity, the West Coast, nerd thugs and #based lifestyle gave the crowd plenty to shout about while raising their hands in prayer. And the diverse crowd that represented close to every ethnicity in the Bay Area lent the concert a very real, no bullshit vibe, a sort of alternate universe where all the never-ending teenage drama ceases to exist when placed in the hands of this kind-of-brilliant, kind-of-insane Berkeley rapper named Lil B.
Enjoy this gallery of photos from Gary Magill for the full #BASED experience.