The Truth About Music: Play It Loud

"What's hot, what's not, and whats next in pop music"

In Stores Tomorrow: B.o.B Brings the Heat

It’s been a few days, and I need to put this out there, the newest name in rap is Bobby Ray a 21-year-old Rapper known by many as B.o.B. A Musician and Producer from Atlanta, Georgia, he is on the eve of releasing his first full-length album, “B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray”, and this record is a hot one! After putting out a slew of mix tapes and working with other artists such as Asher Roth and Cobra Starship, B.o.B has put out what is expected to be a winner. The huge success of the albums first single “Nothin’ On You” featuring Bruno Mars, caused them to move the release date up an entire month and here we stand just one day away.

“Feat.” is an abbreviation you will see about eight times in the tracklist of this album. B.o.B recruited a bunch of artists, ranging from T.I. (seeing as how it will be released under T.I.’s label “Grand Hustle”) to Lupe Fiasco to Eminem (lucky for him!). But in my opinion this is the new direction of rap. It is commonplace for artists on the same label to collaborate as B.I.G., Puffy and Ma$e did and other groups, like Three 6 Mafia and Young Money, are doing now.

B.o.B is going in a new direction by including artists of different genres in his music. Hayley Williams of Paramore, Rivers Cuomo of Weezer and Bruno Mars, are all artists associated with rock and pop music. B.o.B also uses a tweeked version of a Vampire Weekend song in his song “The Kids” feat. Janelle Monae, which was amazing.

Despite all these crazy collaborations, B.o.B still shines through as the driving force of his album. He has put together an eclectic list of songs, from rock to pop folk, and even a love ballad, all laced with his rhyme spitting abilities. That being said, it’s only right that he made the cover of Vibe magazine, being described as a promising young artist. Each song sounds different, in a good way, without losing the flow throughout. Being that he describes his roots as “80’s music, rap, techno, rock, funk, even doo-wop…” it’s only fitting that his album can’t be defined by one genre.

Trust me when I tell you its well worth the $9.99 or $11.99 on iTunes, whatever they’re charging these days. Every song is good, but my favorites are:

- “Airplanes, Part II” feat. Eminem and Hayley Williams

- “Satellite”

- “Past My Shades” feat. Lupe Fiasco

- “The Kids” feat. Janelle Monae

So go out tomorrow. You’ll find it in stores, on iTunes or whatever your means of digital download (legal or illegal) you use. Either way it’ll be worth your while and you’ll get to update your iPod or iPhone, which is always fun! Happy listening!!

Add A Comment

1 Legacy Comment