This collaboration isn’t that strange: A few so-called “conscious” hip-hop behemoths team up with Lil B, the incessantly positive (he’s turned drug slang into Tumblr-era self-help mantras), of-the moment Internet rap eccentric, and whip-up some ambient boom-bap. 9th Wonder’s stretched-out soul strings are only slightly less diaphanous than say, Clams Casino’s beat for“Motivation” and Phonte’s line, “swallow your pride, like a gay lion,” as well as his wandering pre-verse rambles, are Lil B WTF-worthy for sure.
While the recently reunited 9th and Phonte each find a bit of their inner Based God here, the young Based God himself opts to rap something relatively conventional and on-beat. Lil B sells his swag with a cleverly dismissive line like “all they do is rhyme words, such typical rappers,” and employs his affecting, stuffed-nose flow towards a cry-out to the streets that nicely aligns with the New Jack City references throughout. Though Jean Grae’s syllable-obsessed verse doesn’t really fit, adroit technical rapping never hurt anybody and otherwise, “Base For Your Face” is the rare sound of disparate sections of the rap world gladly meeting each other halfway.
— Brandon Soderberg, March 11, 2011