B.o.B (born Bobby Ray Simmons, Jr. on 15th November 1988. Aldo known as Bobby Ray)
B.o.B is an American singer-songwriter and rapper, as well as a producer and instrumentalist.
Music Career: B.o.B grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, where, as a high school student, he formed a band with his cousin Swag, making beats on Fruity Loops and calling themselves The Klinic.
He first attracted attention in 2007 with the release of 'Haterz Everywhere', featuring Wes Fif, as well as his heavy smokers' anthem, 'Cloud 9'. A remix of 'Haterz Everywhere', featuring Young Dre, was used in the computer game Fight Night Round 4. B.o.B signed a deal with Atlantic Records whilst he was still a teenager. He was determined, even at such a young age, to develop himself as a musician and an artist and not just to be known as a rapper. The 'Eastside' EP was released in 2007.
'I'll Be in the Sky' was B.o.B.'s first single proper and was released toward the end of 2008. That same year, he also made an appearance on T.I.'s album, Paper Trail. 2008 also saw the release of B.o.B.'s '12th Dimension' EP, which features the tracks 'Grip Ur Body', 'Cyber Heaven', 'Created a Monster' and 'Mellow Fellow'.
At the age of 20, he was featured on the cover of XXL magazine, alongside Charles Hamilton, Kid Cudi, Wale and Asher Roth. The focus of the feature was 'Hip-Hop's Class of '09'. Prior to this, he had also been featured on the cover of Vibe magazine. B.o.B's own description of his music encompasses techno, rap, funk, doo-wop and rock.
The debut album from B.o.B was entitled B.o.B Presents: the Adventures of Bobby Ray. The intended release date of May 25 2010 was bumped forward, owing to the success of the song 'Nothin' On You', which was covered by Jay Park. The album was released on Grand Hustle, T.I.'s record label. B.o.B Presents. features performances and contributions from the likes of Rivers Cuomo of the band Weezer, Hayley Williams of Paramore, Eminem, Janelle, Playboy Tre and Lupe Fiasco.
Guest and B.o.B. - Warner Bros. Pictures' L.A. Premiere of 'Entourage' held at The Regency Village Theatre - Arrivals at Regency Village Theatre - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 2nd June 2015
B.o.B - A host of stars were snapped as they attended the world premiere of "Furious 7" which was at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 2nd April 2015
B.o.B and Sevyn Streeter - A host of stars were snapped as they attended the world premiere of "Furious 7" which was at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 2nd April 2015
The official audio track for a remix of the single, 'Mind Right', from rap duo, TK N Cash. TK N Cash originally released their single online for purchase and download on 14th October 2014, through Columbia Records.
‘Every artist is different’, says B.o.B in this ‘Follow The Flow’ interview. The American hip hop artist talks about the origins of different recording artists, as well as his own discovery as part of an interview which follows the journey of hip hop artists in America.
"Money, money, money/ That's all I want", B.o.B. asserts in the chorus of the opening track on his third album, 'Underground Luxury'. His declaration on 'All I Want' makes his intentions clear straight away and immediately lets you, the listener, know what the next 15 tracks will entail: shallow, vapid, voracious and self-indulgent excuses for hip-hop, each one as depressingly insipid as the last.
Sure we live in an age where money over errythin' is the main focus in rap today, but when this dead beat premise is presented in such an uninspired way with a lacklustre delivery, then the foibles of modern rap couldn't be any clearer than they are on 'Underground Luxury'.
Bobby Ray's ambitions for the album would have no doubt been to develop himself as a rapper, taking on new challenges and subjects and, at times, he hints at his potential for something a little more challenging than "money, money, money". Despite his best intentions though, he consistently falls short of the mark. On tracks like 'Paper Route', he considers the flaws of discussing politics in music with his final product being as politically enlightening as the web pages of TMZ. On 'Nobody Told Me' and 'Coastline', B.o.B. offers a candid deconstruction of the strains of fame and the hedonism it usually brings with it, but how can you take this seriously when he's demanding bitches on his d*** in the strip club for the rest of the album? Ultimately, these few glimmers of hope do little to recoup any praise for the album.
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