Lil B aka The Based God is a well-known lover of video games. So it should be no surprise that Lil B has some thoughts about games today, and especially in regards to diversity where Lil B says gaming can do better. He even says to look at Marvel's Black Panther as an example.
In an interview with Fact Magazine's Level Up segment, Lil B, real name Brandon McCartney, says that video games can and should do better. "There definitely needs to be more diversity. More people need to go to college to learn how to develop games that get to a deeper sphere of the world and take us to another portal." McCarney adds, "Maybe gaming needs a Black Panther moment."
Black Panther is the latest film in Marvel's Cinematic Universe and hit theaters earlier this year. Directed by Ryan Coogler and starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, and Lupita Nyong'o, Black Panther was critically praised for its positive portrayal of black superheroes and the world building around the in-universe nation of Wakanda.
McCartney, whose hip-hop work as Lil B include direct homages to video games including a record literally titled, "I Love Video Games" says that he's been a lifelong fan whose "favorite console changes every single week." He says that his favorite games include the Nintendo 64 wrestling game WCW Nitro and Shenmue 2.
"A lot of people don't realize that Shenmue 2 ever came out on the Xbox!" said McCartney. "At the moment, I'm playing a lot of farming simulators too as that's relaxing to me," he adds possibly referring to games like Stardew Valley or Harvest Moon.
McCartney even says that he's making his own game. "I definitely want there to be a Based God game," he says. "Something where I'm in the same kind of world as Dungeons and Dragons would be cool. There's been some cool rapper games like Wu-Tang and 50 Cent titles, but I am trying to work out what would be the perfect developer to bring the Based God to life. There should be some news real soon."
Whoever he ends up working with, the game will hopefully unite Lil B's passion for gaming and the hip-hop world.