When B calls himself "based," he's connoting a few concrete concepts: positivity, personal expression, courage. But "based" also connotes some of the more ineluctable aspects of life. Like the word "cool." Or "god." Lil B's aimless, non-judgmental, anti-religion is also a sort-of religion.
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The problem with Gaga’s privileging the natural authority of birth and rebirth is that it removes all choice and reason from moral thinking. A hatemonger can say just as easily as anyone else that he’s just “born this way.”
The point is the lyrics of “Born This Way” are simultaneously empowering and pretty wacky. But you’d expect that from a song written in 10 minutes. Philosophically, it’s interesting that Lady Gaga—of all people—champions a naturalistic interpretation of being. Since she’s known primarily for her wit and artifice, it’s an interesting stance of her’s that we’re all perfectly fine just the way we’re born.
In fact, even though Knopfler supposes himself to be lampooning the working man, “Money for Nothing” only serves to reinforce strange stereotypes about music, stardom, and sexuality.