We're big fans of Bobby Ray Simmons, also known as B.o.B., here at Complex. So it was a great pleasure to be able to sit down with him and pick his brain about his new mix tape and album, his dream collaborations, and, of course, The Hip Hop Dance Experience.
Ubisoft's latest dance title hit the Wii and Xbox 360 on Nov. 13, and it features songs ranging from Flo Rida's "Wild Ones" to LMFAO's "Sexy and I Know It." Is it the ultimate dance game? No idea. We were just happy to be speaking with B.o.B. Check out our full chat below.
Complex: So you've got two songs in The Hip Hop Dance Experience—"So Good" and "Airplanes." Why those two songs? Did you pick them or did Ubisoft?
B.o.B.: They picked them. And I think they picked good songs because, you know, these are the songs that just around the world, you know—because these games sell, like, millions of copies. And so these are my biggest records, you know—two of my biggest records—and, you know, I think just in the whole total package of the game and the songs that they have on here, I think it's a good playlist of all spectrums of hip-hop, you know what I mean? And how it's branched out into—whether it leans more towards pop, rock, hip-hop, you know, hardcore hip-hop, you know, dance music—it's kind of got all that blending into the same, in one game.
And those songs are kind of a good mix of styles.
Yeah, exactly, exactly. And like, you know, really, it shows—people dance, you know, because sometimes one may think inside the box, thinking, well, if it's a dance song, it's got to have these type of drums, or these type of synths in it, you know? But, you know, I think "Airplanes" is probably the only song—I think actually my two songs are the only songs that have piano in it. "So Good" and "Airplanes."
So they break the mold a little bit?
Yeah, you know, they kind of push the envelope, and that's what I'm all about doing. So I think it's a—it's progressive in itself.
So you've played the game? What do you think?
Yes I have. I scored a little bit of points [laughing].
Do you consider yourself a pretty good dancer?
I do not consider myself a pretty good dancer [laughing]. But I do happen to dance. I would, you know—in my show, I may break into a jig.
You going to take any of the moves that they choreographed for the game and incorporate them into your performances?
No, I'll leave them for the game. They're like, "Didn't he get those moves off The Hip Hop Dance Experience? [laughing]
Out of all the people you've collaborated with, who do you think would be the best at The Hip Hop Dance Experience?
Haley Williams [from Paramore]. She can dance. Like, for real. Like, nobody—it's so crazy because she's a rock star, and nobody knows it. But you know how I found out? From performing "Airplanes" with her and seeing her dance. She actually can dance, like, for real. Like, no lies, crazy. Blew my mind.
Who would be the worst at the game?
Me? Nah [laughing]. I don't know. There's no telling. I mean, usually when people can't dance, you don't know, because they don't dance.