Basedworld was again a smoldering inferno with the release of the Pink Flame mixtape, Lil B’s highly anticipated follow up to former flames: Blue Flame, Red Flame, Red Flame Evil Edition, Red Flame Devil Music Edition, Black Flame, White Flame, and Green Flame. However, unlike these past efforts, I would argue the primary strength of Pink Flame rests in its heightened overall production quality, despite moments of lyrical shortcomings. In the tape’s opening tracks, I was surprised to encounter the BasedGod espousing a more muted, in a sense, lethargic flow—a striking departure from the aggressive cadence characteristic of his more recent releases, most notably October’s Halloween H2O. The innovative employment of a “Pop Goes the Weasel” arcade game sample seemed to salvage the lackluster lyrical quality of “Eat,” the third of Pink Flame’s 26 tracks. But as the tape progressed, I found the BasedGod matching his production’s energy lyrically.
“Flex 36” shone as one of the tape’s anthems in this regard, the track itself matched only by its prophetically styled music video, which artfully collided staples of Lil B’s visual archive: the Bitch Mob Task Force pink bandana, an absolutely incredible bucket hat, and the very same bindi from the seminal “Ima Eat Her A$$” video. “1000 Bitches” was also a standout, featuring both a Super Mario sample as well as an classic moment of Based self affirmation “Bitch I look great today, you can call me Oprah.”