An interview with Lil B on his work, Black Panther, and more!

In addition to now being part of the Black Panther family, you were already an avid Marvel fan way before you got involved with this project. What comics got you hooked?

I mean, of course you know, X-Men—biggest X-Men fan. I was planning on getting a tattoo of Carnage actually, who is one of my favorite characters. One, because of how well he’s drawn.  But, you know what definitely got me…X-Men. I like X-Force. I think that’s what kept me going. X-Men, X-Force, stuff like that.

Say you could have one super-power, what would it be?

I think Storm has the dope-est power, being able to fly and shoot the thunder and lightning. I think I was always a big fan of Storm when it really came down to it.

Is there a particular Marvel hero you like or relate to the most?

I really like Nightcrawler. He can crawl around and disappear and stuff like that. I’m surprised no one likes Nightcrawler. Everybody always goes with Cyclops or something.

Switching gears to hip-hop, who are some of your biggest musical influences?

Musically, some of my biggest influences…pretty much rap music as a whole. I really appreciate and love thinking about pioneers in rap music and the folks in NYC, so I really just want to appreciate all them and everybody: jazz, and rock and roll, just everybody that had a part of hip-hop. That’s what I’m really inspired by, people that gave us the ability to make beats and the metronome, and whoever gave us the ability to create sound from scratch in an MPC. That’s who I really love and am inspired by because they’re giving me the opportunity to express myself and be an individual.

What do you consider your proudest musical achievements in your own career?

Well, I would say right now my proudest achievement is what’s coming: Black Ken mixtape produced and composed solely by the BasedGod. This is going to be my best work. I feel like my career starts now. I feel like nothing is compared to what’s coming. I’m creating new sounds from scratch and actually creating my own sound patches, not doing samples, I’m actually acquiring sound, recording live sound. For Black Ken, let me give you an example: I have some bass drums that I have created in Berkley, CA, and I won’t tell you from what but when Black Ken comes out I’ll be more specific like where this bass drum comes from or these sounds, etc.

It’s about to be real “Marvel”-lous. This is about to be my best work. I learned, I took this whole year to sit back and learn a new bit of music theory to define my skills as a musician and I hit a new breakthrough in production and been working with the BasedGod. It’s about to be a wrap. I just tweeted out, around maybe 2010 or 2009, I let the world know I’m going to be a freshman in the XXL Magazine and the next year I did that. So I let the people know just today (and this is a BLACK PANTHER first exclusive news break that I’m breaking with y’all), I let the world know that I will be getting a Grammy so that’s next on the play and I’m standing by that.

I know it can seem crazy but, like, if I would have told you [then] what I would be doing [now]…it would have seemed crazy. If I would have told you back then that I’m going to be lecturing at Carnegie Mellon, it might have sounded a little more crazy and then some.

It’s 100% true. I don’t really like to say too much. But I know it’s coming.

Finally, what up-and-coming artists do you think could be the next big thing?

I’m learning everything…Lil Yachty, Lil Uzi Vert, these folks that are being extremely positive. D.R.A.M., Mac Miller, Clams Casino, Keyboard Kid…and the BasedGod is going to have a huge breakthrough in 2017 production-wise. Oh yeah, big fan of A$AP Rocky and what he’s doing. I got love for Soulja Boy… still my brother, still got love for him. The Pack, got love for them, too. But Lil B, man, the BasedGod. It’s about to be a real serious year for me; nothing will compare to what’s coming. For myself, nothing I’ve ever done will compare to now, sonically, just everything. A lot of people believe in me and I gotta do this for y’all.

Interview by Chris Robinson

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Check out the full track list to the film's soundtrack!

Fans can now get in the Star-Lord-dancing kind of mood with “Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. 2,” the official soundtrack to Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” available now!

Featuring hits such as “The Chain” by Fleetwood Mac, “Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl” by Looking Glass, and much more, “Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. 2” offers the sonic backdrop to this summer’s biggest movie.

Check out the full track listing below, and follow @Guardians on Twitter and like the official Guardians of the Galaxy page on Facebook for the latest on “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” in theaters May 5!

Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. 2 track listing

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Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck to guide Carol's flight to the big screen!

Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel” has found the perfect duo to fly Carol Danvers to the big screen in 2019!

The directing pair Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck have signed on to direct the film, starring Oscar-winner Brie Larson. Kevin Feige will produce the film, written by Meg LeFauve and Nicole Perlman. Marvel Studios’ Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, and Jonathan Schwartz serve as Executive Producers alongside Stan Lee.

Boden and Fleck most recently wrote and directed “Mississippi Grind,” starring Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn. Both have also directed and written “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” (starring Emma Roberts and Zach Galifianakis), “Sugar,” and worked together on the critically-acclaimed “Half Nelson” starring Ryan Gosling.

Carol Danvers has a very nuanced, powerful story, so Marvel took time selecting the final directing duo. But ultimately Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck’s diverse body of work and ability and focus on character made the choice a winning one. Each of their films exhibit nuanced, fascinating performances and a deeply-felt sense of character, all which will fuel the pairs passion around telling Carol Danvers’ Story.

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The Guardians return to theaters May 5!

Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Dave Bautista and director James Gunn kicked off a world tour in Tokyo with a red carpet fan event at the Shin-Toyosu Brillia Running Stadium yesterday. Experience the fan event by clicking through the gallery above!

Get your tickets now for “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” and stay tuned for even more universal action in the coming days and weeks!

Stay tuned to Marvel.com for the latest on “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” and follow @Guardians on Twitter and like the official Guardians of the Galaxy page on Facebook for the latest!

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Get your first glimpse at Thor's next adventure, in theaters November 3!

[UPDATED] It’s here, Marvelites! We’ve got the first official teaser trailer for “Thor: Ragnarok,” in theaters November 3!

Watch all the action above as “Thor: Ragnarok” picks up after the events of “Avengers: Age of Ultron”! Thor (Chris Hemsworth) ends up imprisoned on the other side of the universe on Sakaar, a barbaric planet, without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok – the destruction of his homeword and the end of Asgardian civilization – at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Goddess of Death Hela (Cate Blanchett). But first, he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his fellow coworker and Avenger — the Incredible Hulk!

If that isn’t enough, feast your eyes on the Asgardian god in his gladiatorial garb in a brand new poster below!

“Thor: Ragnarok” hits theaters like a hammer November 3, and while you wait for the Mighty Avenger’s next thunderous adventure follow @ThorOfficial on Twitter and like Thor’s official Facebook page!

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Spidey shows off his new tech as the Vulture attacks!

It’s here Marvelites–the brand new trailer for “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” in theaters July 7!

Watch all the action above as Spidey faces off against the Vulture, learns some hard lessons from Iron Man himself, and generally, y’know, does whatever a spider can!

With just a little more than three months to go until the Webslinger swings into theaters, keep your eyes peeled right here to Marvel.com for all the latest!

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Plus 3 new posters for the upcoming film!

Spidey swings by Avengers Tower and takes a perilous flight in three new posters and a teaser for tomorrow’s new “Spider-Man: Homecoming” trailer!

First up, we’ve got a brief look at tomorrow’s brand-new trailer, featuring your most menacing look at the villainous Vulture yet!

Then, scope out three new posters for the film as Spidey stops by Avengers Tower, takes a moment to relax, and tries to hitch a ride on the freeway.

Keep your eyes peeled right here to Marvel.com for the latest on “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” in theaters July 7!

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Add Peter Parker's homemade suit to your Hot Toys collection!

Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man is officially home in the Marvel Cinematic Universe! The young Peter Parker was introduced in “Captain America: Civil War” last year and his surprising appearance has made fans hungry for more. This summer, the webslinger will swing back into action, juggling his budding super hero career with frantic high school life in “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”

As fans everywhere are counting down to the release of the movie, Hot Toys is excited to announce the 1/6th scale collectible figure of the beloved Spider-Man wearing his homemade outfit! Expertly crafted based on Tom Holland’s appearance in the movie, the Spider-Man (Homemade Suit Version) collectible figure features a newly developed Peter Parker head sculpt as well as a masked head sculpt with three sets of interchangeable eyepieces for making a variety of facial expressions. It also comes with a finely tailored outfit with web-shooters, an assortment of spider-web shooting effect parts, and a specially designed dynamic figure stand with movie logo.

Welcome Spidey home and add him in your Hot Toys collection! For more from Hot Toys, visit their website.

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On May 4, catch the Guardians of the Galaxy Double Feature and receive an exclusive mini poster!

Join Star-Lord, Groot and the rest of the gang for Guardians of the Galaxy Double Feature exclusively in RealD 3D on Thursday May 4 at 4:30pm for a showing of Guardians of the Galaxy followed by Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 at select locations. Theatre guests will receive an exclusive mini poster and souvenir collectible button set.

Take a look at the exclusive mini poster and souvenir collectible button set above!

Get your tickets now for “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” and stay tuned for even more universal action in the coming days and weeks!

Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” continues the team’s adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.

Stay tuned to Marvel.com for the latest on “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” and follow @Guardians on Twitter and like the official Guardians of the Galaxy page on Facebook for the latest!

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Don't risk missing the most galactic event of the year on opening weekend!

Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” finally hits theaters on May 5, but you can get your tickets now for opening weekend on Fandango!

Plus, we have a new look at the film to get you even more pumped for the most galactic movie event of the year, above!

Get your tickets now for “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” and stay tuned for even more universal action in the coming days and weeks!

In addition, you can join Star-Lord, Groot and the rest of the gang for Guardians of the Galaxy Double Feature exclusively in RealD 3D on Thursday May 4 at 4:30pm for a showing of Guardians of the Galaxy followed by Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 at select locations. Theatre guests will receive an exclusive mini poster and souvenir collectible button set.

Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” continues the team’s adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.

Stay tuned to Marvel.com for the latest on “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” and follow @Guardians on Twitter and like the official Guardians of the Galaxy page on Facebook for the latest!

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