ARTIST: B.o.B. aka Bobby Ray
ALBUM: May 25th [Download It For Free]
SOUNDS LIKE: Stankonia and The Love Below with a few sprinkles of East Coast boom bap.
COLLABORATORS: J. Cole, Asher Roth, Playboy Tre, Alchemist, and Kanye West.
FUN FACT: B.o.B. knows how to play the cello.
WHY COMPLEX IS CO-SIGNING IT: So we were diggin B.o.B.'s rock/rap blending-mixtape B.o.B. Vs Bobby Ray, but still curious about when we'd actually get to hear his debut, The Adventures Of Bobby Ray. Well, if we're to believe the title of B.o.B.'s latest DJ Drama-helmed mixape, May 25th, it should be pretty soon. While Bobby Ray still clings to his rock influences and his ability to construct marvelous melodies on "Don't Feel So Good," and "Out Of Time," bars take center stage here. Whether holding his own with J. Cole (whose verse is pretty amazing) on "Gladiators," complaining about the ills of fame with Asher Roth on "Fuck The Money," or just blacking out on the whole music industry over the "Shook Ones Pt II" instrumental on "The Biz," B.o.B.'s lyrical prowess is on full display. Now, hate to sound redundant, but if we could just get that album...
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