Lil B's "Classical" Album: Our Classical Music Critic Reviews It
1."I Made the Right Choice"
On the album opener, B selects a string pad patch to play the notes C-B-A-G.
2. "Lessons From the Wind"
On this track, B plays the notes C-B-A-G over and over on an oboe patch, with a clarinet trill interjecting at random places.
3. "Walking Through Berkeley"
I heard synthesized strings playing C-B-A-G.
4. "My Mistakes"
C-B-A-G playing repeatedly.
5. "New York I'm Home"
C-B-A-G on an electric piano patch.
6. "Where Are You Going"
Filter-sweep patches and clarinet patches playing C-B-A-G.
7. "Lost in the Sky of Love"
The notes I hear on this one are C-B-A-G.
8. "Save the Animals"
A synth patch sweeps upward to the note while string pads intone C-B-A-G.
9. "Happy to Live"
The notes involved with this composition happen to be C-B-A-G.
10. "What Came First Are We Alive"
C-B-A-G repeated in unpredictable rhythms.
Much like "Berkeley" and "New York," except with a cheesy koto patch.
12. "Tribute to Lil B"
C-B-A-G for almost 5 minutes
13. "At the Zoo With Mom"
And there's the zookeeper, feeding the flamingos some C-B-A-G's.
14. "Dreams Are Real"
And so are the notes C-B-A-G.
15. "Exhale With Love in Your Chest"
C-B-A-G over filter-sweep patches and doofy sitars
16. "Wooden Hotel"
At this hotel, the pitches C-B-A-G check in and never leave.
17. "Welcome to America"
Somehow, this one is in a different key than C-B-A-G.
In any case, don't get me wrong, it would be quite possible for B to become an actual composer. He clearly has the will and the musical curiosity. All he has to do is the following:
1. Learn how to play an instrument well.
2. Take theory lessons, as one needs to master the established rules before deciding to break them.
3. Take composition lessons. There are plenty of excellent composers in the Bay Area for this.
These steps will certainly improve his music, and, just maybe, the next time he releases a "classical" album we won't describe it as such in air quotes.