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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Lil B Talks Apps, Technologization, and Insects

Posted By on Thu, Apr 23, 2015 at 3:52 PM

Lil B, aka The Based God, recently released his latest app: the TYBG Meme Creator. The new app lets devoted followers of Lil B easily create Based God-approved memes (without any of those annoying tags) to share with their friends.

This isn’t The Based God’s first foray into the tech world – he’s released emoji and vegan food apps in the past – but this new meme creator is perhaps the best (and most fitting) app from the enigmatic Bay Area rapper so far.

One review of the app reads as follows:

"Before lil b blessed us with this ultra-rare meme creator I felt like life had no meaning. I went though the day dreaming about based god memes, but I never got to make them. But now I can make them anytime I want! It is hard for me to articulate how incredible this app truly is. I hope every one in the world is able to get this app. TYBG. PROTECT LIL B AT ALL COSTS."

We used the app as an excuse to speak with The Based God himself about his new app, technologization, and the earth.

Can you talk a little bit about your new meme app?

Yeah man, you know just me being the artist who really made memes what they are now — especially in music — and really just creating “thank you based god,” TYBG, and everything else that goes along with Lil’ B, stuff like that. You know, I’ve been memeing for a while so it was only right for me to create this stuff with my partner. I’ve been working on it for a minute. It’s just me and him that create these apps. I wanted to do it self-contained and get it out there in the best way possible to iPhone users. I mean, shouts out to Android too – I’m not opposed to that. Shouts out to the JavaScript, you know what I mean?

I’m just trying to continue to learn on the Android front, I know my partner is dibbling and dabbling into that. But really this is something so that people can get it directly from the source and the world can feel good, ‘cause everybody always asks me, “where do I get the meme stuff from?” I mean, I made it popular so it’s only right that I created the official meme generator for the iPhone.

Yeah for sure, you also have that emoji app.

Aye yah man, we got BasedMoji, salute you man.

Is Lil’ B taking over the tech world?

Yeah, you know what I mean? Pretty much on the tech front. Being from the Bay Area and having so much technologization out here, just inspiring all the time – the people, the lifestyle – South San Francisco and all that. You know, I just want to do things that are going to benefit and progress the people. These are my first couple apps, I’m just startin’ as a developer. I want to just continue to learn and get the aesthetic and feeling right and do apps I really feel and believe in and think can make people genuinely happy, and do well.

I mean really respect to all the apps that have inspired before me and done well, like the Airbnbs, the Ubers, you know, the Instagram – a lot of my fan base and people I know were supporters from the start — like the Snapchats. Give and love respect to all these platforms.

It’s really fun, I’m feeling really good. I’m not stressed, this is one of the things I love doing: putting out technology. I’m always just thinking of innovations. I love technology, I’m fascinated by biology and just health – even down to the fingernails, and the growth from that. I’m here to help innovate in creative ways. I’ve got some really cool stuff I’m thinking about. Everything earth-friendly is possible. Just with everybody included, including the insects, the animals, you know? Including the dirt, including the people, including us.

How are the sales for your apps going?

Oh man! Everything is amazing. I’ll tell you like this – Apple contacted me personally.



What did they say?

Pssh, I got a big opening week, you know? The first app I dropped was one of the biggest apps in my category – right up there with Wal-Mart and Target and such for the Basedmoji.

Then I partnered up with Follow Your Heart, which is a vegan food company that creates and distributes extremely earth friendly and vegan food around the world. They are the founders of the vegan memes. I respect people who are a part of their team, like Matt. I got a chance to go to their facility and see how this food was being created and how much respect and love everybody had in these huge facilities. It just shows you how well an extremely powerful business can be run off love and respect. So it was a no brainer to partner up with them and put an app with them out on the market and into the pop culture.

It was real successful a lot of people responded organically to it. Big respects to the PETA president for showing love for that app. Or the Vice President. . . A lot of people were showing love, it was amazing. Local newspapers within the Bay Area, really positive. And of course world-wide news. But it’s always extra special when it’s at home, like you see with SF Weekly and such like that.

Do you have any plans for your next app?

Yea! You know I definitely have some plans that we’re working on right now. I’m actually going back to some of my idea banks and looking and seeing some of the stuff I’ve been thinking about. But yeah, out front we are working on some stuff currently. I’ve tested, programmed, and all that to some stuff we’re working on. Definitely trying to get teamed up with some good people. So if there are some honest coders with a good heart and want to come talk to me and work I’m definitely open and ears to the technology entrepreneurs. I love this world, I’m down to talk.

Any new music coming out soon?

Yeah, def homie. You know I’m gonna be back in the studio real soon. Really excited about that – real excited. I haven’t been in there since that dramatic fire. But it’s going to be very nice.

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Matt Saincome is SF Weekly's former music editor.


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