When someone asks you to name the best rap duo of all time, what name comes out of your mouth first?
Eric B. and Rakim?
Method Man and Redman?
Iggy Azalea and cultural appropriation?
While all of those are great options, if you said Lil B and his cat, it's obvious you know your hip-hop.
For those of you who don't, though, let me take you back to 2012. It was a simpler time: Kevin Spacey was a beloved actor and we had a president who spoke in complete sentences. But most notably, Lil B The BasedGod dropped a song with Keke The Adopted Tabby Cat.
The lyrics are a bit overwhelming, packed with too much wordplay for the average mind, so I took the liberty of looking up the lyrics on Genius and pasting them here so you can read and interpret them at your own pace:
[Verse 1] (Keke The Adopted Tabby Cat)]
Given his unprecedented level of trolling, The BasedGod's decision to throw his kitten in the booth was inevitable. It wasn’t a matter of IF Lil B would make a song with his cat; it was a matter of WHEN Lil B would make a song with his cat.
For most rappers, this type of might be considered career suicide. But there’s clearly something magical about Lil B that can’t be explained. You don’t fully understand it, but you love it. Like McDonald's apple pies or the ending of Interstellar.
We're talking about an artist who is unapologetically bizarre, who puts (REAL) curses on NBA players, who dropped an 855-track mixtape, and who has a music video for a song called “I Love You” where he breaks down crying in a pet store (I'm glad I'm not the only who’s done that).
On top of all that, he’s the first and only rapper to yell “MARTHA STEWART” in the middle of a verse for no reason. Legend.
If Lil B isn't the father of internet rap, he is at least it’s creepy uncle. He resurrected mixtape culture. He opened the floodgates for the weirdos to take a seat at the cool kids table. And he toyed with gender roles years before Young Thug started rocking dresses.
Make no mistake, this new school of artists (Lil Uzi Vert, Playboi Carti, and especially Thugger) are direct descendants of Lil B. Trying to find a SoundCloud rapper who hasn’t been influenced by Lil B is like trying to find a Star Trek fan who knows what a vagina feels like.
Basically, if you still hate Lil B in 2018, you’re on the wrong history—like a Trump supporter except your parents aren't related.
Despite being short-lived, Lil B and Keke The Adopted Tabby Cat formed a legendary musical alliance. Lil B also gave Keke a few purrs on the delirious, incomprehensible "Hadouken Freestyle." The beginning of the video even teases a Keke solo album (for which the streets have been impatiently waiting).
Like the JD Salinger of cat rappers, Keke dropped off the face of the Earth. That is, until Drake unleashed his over-memed smash single “In My Feelings,” featuring the now-famous line “Keke, do you love me?”
Lil B, of course, used this as an opportunity to remix the record as a tribute to you know who.
Is this a sign Keke is about to finally make a comeback?
At a time when mumble rap is ruling the airwaves, we could really use a true lyricist like Keke to bring back the real.
And it’s never too late for the “rapper making music with animals” trend to finally take off. If Eminem dropped an album with a turtle tomorrow, you can bet your ass I’m buying 11 copies.
Lil B’s goofiness is his not-so-secret weapon. The fact that he would even consider making a song with his cat is why he's beloved in the first place, and why he’s still hip-hop’s king of the oddballs.
So let's raise a glass to Keke, the only pet in the rap game.