Rapper Lil B made headlines earlier this year when he chose to name his album I’m Gay. The 21-year-old explained the bold move to CNN stating, “I hope that I can turn some of my fans that might be homophobic or supporters that might be homophobic and say, ‘You know what, we’re all one people. This is love.'”
Now Tha Based God returns with a musical message to his fans, “I Got AIDS.” The song is featured on his upcoming mixtape, BasedGod Velli.
On the song he raps, “I was worried about gettin her pregnant/not knowing she had full blown AIDS and she sexin…“
Lil B posted the following message under the song on his Youtube channel:
PLEASE EVERYONE I MADE THIS TO INFORM EVERYONE THAT I LOVE AND RESPECT AND EVERYONE THAT LISTENS TO MY MUSIC AND LOVES BASED TO PLEASE GET TESTED AND PROTECT YOURSELF AND PARTNERS
AND BE SAFE,
I WANT YOU TO NO IF YOU HAVE SEX YOU ARE AT RISK
PLEASE USE CONDOMS AND HAVE SAFE SEX,
PLEASE I LOVE YOU,
IF YOU CARE ABOUT ME UPLOAD A VIDEO OF YOU GOING TO GET TESTED AND SEND TO ME I WILL ALSO UPLOAD A VIDEO OF ME GETTING TESTED,
I LOVE YOU AND IF YOU ARE POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE NO (KNOW) YOU HAVE SUPPORT – Lil B
If anything Lil B gets points for timing, as World AIDS Day is coming up on December 1st. But following up an “I’m Gay” message with an “I Got AIDS” message can be problematic, reinforcing dated stereotypes that HIV is only a “gay” disease. According to CDC data, heterosexual contact was responsible for over 12,000 HIV diagnoses in 2009, with more than half of them being women. Have you been tested?