Lil’ B Releases Song Called ‘I Got AIDS’ to Raise Awareness

Berkeley's Lil' B is at again. This time he's released a song encouraging fans to get tested for HIV.

By Jorge Rivas Nov 15, 2011

Earlier this year rapper Lil’ B released an album called "I’m Gay." The album, he said, was meant to raise gay rights awareness in hip-hop. Now, in an effort to encourage his fans to get tested for HIVAIDS, he’s released a song titled "I Got AIDS."

The song is part of his recently released "BasedGod Belli" mixtape. "I have a lot of songs that have sexual lyrics, and I want to tell people the truth about sexuality and to make sure that they get tested if they’re sexually active," Lil’ B said in an interview with MTV News.

"I wanted to paint a picture that’s very realistic, nothing sugar-coated that the streets to Wall Street could feel–I wanted people to understand what these young guys are thinking," Lil B continued.

While Lil’ B offers a refreshing non-homophobic rap encouraging his fans to get tested, his song "I Got AIDS" starts out by unfairly pointing fingers at women for the increase an HIV rates.

I got AIDS, God damn, I can’t believe this shit
The last time I f-cked was my girl, I can’t believe that
I let me think "Goddamn, it was another girl"
Got a lot of things in my life, but now I’m in the swirl
No protection, I should’ve used a condom
Instead of trusting these women.

The song quickly transitions to a poignant and much needed public service announcement:

I wanna tell everybody, make sure y’all get tested, man
This is not a game
A lot of people have STDs right now and don’t even know it
You look perfectly fine and you feel fine
It takes a few months a few months for something to form in your body
But you can have it and be perfectly fine
Make sure you’re not transferring these STDs to other people
I know it hurts, sometimes you don’t even want to know
But to protect the world and be fair to everybody else, make sure you get tested
And don’t trust nobody because a lot of people are lying
A lot of people don’t even really know
And don’t think cause a person looks good that they "free"
Cause there’s a lot of people that got HIV

Lil’ B says he’s very gay but that he loves women. "I’m not attracted to men in any way. I’ve never been attracted to a man in my life. But yes I am gay, I’m so happy. I’m a gay, heterosexual male," he told MTV shortly after he released his album "I’m Gay." "I got major love for the gay and lesbian community, and I just want to push less separation and that’s why I’m doing it."

The rapper continued:

"A lot of guys think it’s cool to have sex with a lot of women. I’m not having sex with all these women. I lie about it a lot; I lie about having sex with 40 girls. I’m not doing that, and I want people to know, if you are doing that, you are at high risk of getting AIDS or other STDs and you need to make sure you get tested. This is me paying back to the world and just being truthful, honest, and doing something that I feel is right."