If there’s one album that I could listen to over and over (that came out this year) it’s B.o.B – The Adventures of Bobby Ray.
At first, I had no idea who Bobby Ray was. I bought tickets to Lupe Fiasco’s Lasers Tour for a friend’s birthday, and B.o.B was one of the opening acts. I had heard “Nothing on You” on the radio, and it’s catchy, so I was intrigued. I bought the album on iTunes and I am still listening to the album, sometimes on repeat.
I didn’t know this until AFTER the concert, but B.o.B is really, really talented. While I enjoyed his music before I saw him in concert, after I saw him in concert I have a better grasp of what this artist can do. And he is an artist.
Some of my favorite songs on the album: “Nothing on You,” “Lovelier than You,” “5th Dimension,” “Fame,” “Past my Shades” and “Magic”.
He does his own singing. If I remember correctly, I saw a video of him and he says that his sister taught him to play the piano, and he plays the guitar. He writes his own music, in his head. He obviously has a lot of motivation and drive and a creative soul. This is a strong statement, but I think in a way, he’s right: “I’m really focused on painting a picture of myself as a musician and an artist and not just a rapper,” says B.o.B “I feel like I’m not just making rap music; I feel like I’m changing music, period.” (via bobatl.com) He’s not doing what’s expected of him by the masses, he’s doing his own thing, he’s doing it well, and it’s working for him. I’ll buy his next album, and I hope he comes back to Seattle soon.