#7 artist to watch for is holding down the Dirty South, hailing from Atlanta Georgia. B.o.B. or Bobby Ray as he is known now is signed to T.I.’s record label and has done quite a few performances alongside the established rapper already. He is currently working on his first album which is to be titled The Adventures of Bobby Ray and should be due out in the fall of 2009. He has released 4 mixtapes, although I really only listen to one, have come out in the last two years giving people a great amount of good listens while waiting for the album.
He really got into Hip Hop in the 3rd grade and that is when he began to mess around making music. Making music was not just writing rhymes though, he also learned the program Fruity Loops and he was constantly making beats as well. At the age of 14, he sold one to Cliti who was a part of Slip-N-Slide Records at the height of their popularity. Bobby Ray is still making beats as well as rhymes, cause he produces most the stuff on his tapes.
Bobby Ray has a very interesting style in which his many different influences are very evident. Who the Fuck is B.o.B.?!? may not sound like your average hip-hop album but that is what I like about it. It doesn’t get boring between a jazz infused track to a straight classic hip hop beat and then Bobby Ray going off on some funk type isht. Probably my favorite song hands down on the mixtape is Lonely People in which his creativity is very apparent as he samples a Beatles song. Bobby Ray is going to bring big things to music because, in a place where many radio hits can sound similar and artists use formulas to gain hits, he brings innovation and originality. He is a part of what hip hop needs, and definitely a breath of fresh air.
I am putting links to two of Bobby Ray's mixtapes: Cloud 9 and Who the Fuck is B.o.B.!?. There are two other compilations that have some overlaps as well as new material so I combined the new songs from both mixtapes into one file and will post that link as well.
Who the Fuck is B.o.B.?!? - downlo@d
Cloud 9 - downlo@d
Other songs - downlo@d