The long-running community-generated link-aggregation blog Metafilter is a constant source of fascinating rabbit holes of information. Today, for instance, a lunchtime swing by the site turned into me devoting my break to reading up on something called the Barkley Marathon and Fun Run, which has been held in Tennessee’s Frozen Head State Park every June since 1986. At the Barkley, “marathon” means a completing five laps of a 20-mile course and “fun run” means completing three, and it’s run on barely-there trails cut through some of the wildest terrain in Tennessee—it basically seems designed to kill anyone who tries it. Only six people have ever completed the 100-mile version. Anyone who even attempts it is completely out of his mind.
Keeping up on the 2012 output of Bay Area rapper Lil B, who I wrote about in the current Reader, is something of a musical Barkley Marathon. Because I pushed back a piece intended to focus on his recent God’s Father mix tape by just a week, I had to rewrite to accomodate not only another album-length mix tape that he’d dropped since I first turned in my copy but also a video for an even newer song that wasn’t even on that mix tape. In the story I mention that it seemed that Lil B had put out the video, “Ima Eat Her Ass,” to celebrate the unlikely news that he was scheduled to deliver a lecture at NYU. If that’s the case then Lil B seems to be very excited about his accomplishment, as earlier today he dropped yet another album-length mix tape, The Basedprint II.