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B.o.B

November 30th, -0001

Birth Name:
Bobby Ray Simmons, Jr.

Genre:
Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active:
'00s, '10s






B.o.B

Biography

Of all the rap artists who emerged from Atlanta during the late 2000s, B.o.B — who was only 17 when he signed his first major-label record deal — was one of the most unique. His borderline eccentricity and artistic mind, belied by his music's conventional Dirty South sound, raised his stock above that of his Southern contemporaries and welcomed comparisons to OutKast (specifically that group's offbeat half, André 3000). B.o.B also chose his partners wisely, scoring a handful of Top 40 singles during 2010 by collaborating with vocalists like Rivers Cuomo, Hayley Williams, and Bruno Mars.. Although he grew up on the east side of Atlanta in Decatur, Bobby Ray Simmons was born in North Carolina on November 15, 1988. Making music became an early hobby, and he played trumpet and other instruments throughout grade school. By the time he was in high school, he'd already secured management and had formed a production duo called the Klinic. At age 15, he even successfully sold a beat of his own to Slip-N-Slide recording artist Citty. When his partner left for college, though, B.o.B decided to launch a solo career and subsequently recorded a hazy, spoken word-like ode to marijuana named "Cloud 9."

In 2006, B.o.B's manager helped sneak him into Club Crucial (owned by Atlanta rap star T.I.), and the teenaged MC wowed the audience with his self-produced song. Industry veteran TJ Chapman was part of that crowd and agreed to co-manage B.o.B, a partnership that only one month later led to B.o.B's signing with Atlantic and its subsidiary imprint, Rebel Rock, run by Florida-based producer Jim Jonsin. His first single for Atlantic, 2007's Haterz Everywhere, reached the Top Five of Billboard's Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop singles chart. Before long, XXL, Spin, and MTV, among others, took notice of the Atlanta rapper, running "Artist to Watch" features and tagging him as the next Atlanta rap artist to blow up nationally. B.o.B's second single, "Grip Your Body," featuring guest British soul siren Amy Winehouse, also fared well.

B.o.B's official breakthrough came in 2010, though, when he topped the charts with "Nothin' on You" and reached number two with "Airplanes," the latter song featuring special guest vocals from Paramore's Hayley Williams. Both songs appeared on his full-length debut, The Adventures of Bobby Ray, which was released later that year and quickly went gold. Originally planned as a mixtape, his sophomore effort, Strange Clouds, followed in 2012 with Lil Wayne, Taylor Swift, and Nicki Minaj included on the album's guest list. Underground Luxury followed a year later and featured Chris Brown, 2 Chainz, and Juicy J.

Top Albums


1. Not For Long..
Not For Long (feat. Trey Songz) - Single, B.o.B
2. Not For Long..
B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray (Deluxe Version), B.o.B
3. B.o.B Presen..
Strange Clouds, B.o.B
4. Strange Clou..
B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray, B.o.B
5. B.o.B Presen..
Underground Luxury, B.o.B
6. Underground ..
Strange Clouds, B.o.B
7. Strange Clou..
B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray, B.o.B
8. B.o.B Presen..
12th Dimension - EP, B.o.B
9. 12th Dimensi..
iTunes Session - EP, B.o.B
10. iTunes Sessi..
Underground Luxury, B.o.B
11. Underground ..
12th Dimension - EP, B.o.B
12. 12th Dimensi..
Aint Goin Nowhere (feat. B.o.B & Chanel West Coast) - Single, Frenchie
13. Aint Goin No..
All Night Longer (It's the Kue Remix! Main) [feat. B.o.B] - Single, Sammy Adams
14. All Night Lo..
All Night Longer (It's the Kue Remix! Radio) [feat. B.o.B] - Single, Sammy Adams
15. All Night Lo..
Secrets (feat. B.o.B) - Single, Mary Lambert
16. Secrets (fea..
Red Cup (feat. T-Pain, Kid Ink & B.o.B) - Single, E-40
17. Red Cup (fea..
All Night Longer Remix (feat. B.o.B) - Single, Sammy Adams
18. All Night Lo..
All Night Longer Remix (feat. B.o.B) - Single, Sammy Adams
19. All Night Lo..
Chosen (feat. T.I., B.o.B & Spodee) - Single, Hustle Gang
20. Chosen (feat..

Top Songs

NameAlbumTimePrice
1.
HeadBand (feat. 2 Chainz)Underground Luxury3:40$1.29
2.
Not For Long (feat. Trey Songz)Not For Long (feat. Trey So..3:35$1.29
3.
Airplanes (feat. Hayley Williams of ..B.o.B Presents: The Adventu..3:01$0.69
4.
Magic (feat. Rivers Cuomo)B.o.B Presents: The Adventu..3:16$0.69
5.
Out of My Mind (feat. Nicki Minaj)Strange Clouds3:42$1.29
6.
Strange Clouds (feat. Lil Wayne)Strange Clouds3:46$1.29
7.
So GoodStrange Clouds3:33$1.29
8.
We Still In This Bitch (feat. T.I. &..Underground Luxury4:07$1.29
9.
Ray BandsStrange Clouds3:48$1.29
10.
John Doe (feat. Priscilla)John Doe (feat. Priscilla) ..3:32$1.29
11.
Nothin' On You (feat. Bruno Mars..B.o.B Presents: The Adventu..4:29$0.69
12.
Both of Us (feat. Taylor Swift)Strange Clouds3:36$1.29
13.
HeadBand (feat. 2 Chainz)Underground Luxury3:40$1.29
14.
Airplanes (feat. Hayley Williams)B.o.B Presents: The Adventu..2:59$1.29
15.
Nothin' On You (feat. Bruno Mars..B.o.B Presents: The Adventu..4:28$1.29
16.
Ready (feat. Future)Underground Luxury3:39$1.29
17.
Don't Let Me FallB.o.B Presents: The Adventu..4:35$1.29
18.
Strange Clouds (feat. Lil Wayne)Strange Clouds3:46$1.29
19.
Bombs Away (feat. Morgan Freeman)Strange Clouds5:28$1.29
20.
Throwback (feat. Chris Brown)Underground Luxury4:00$1.29
21.
Both of Us (feat. Taylor Swift)Strange Clouds3:36$1.29
22.
Out of My Mind (feat. Nicki Minaj)Strange Clouds3:42$1.29
23.
HeadBand (feat. 2 Chainz) [Coucheron..HeadBand (feat. 2 Chainz) [..3:55$1.29
24.
Ray BandsStrange Clouds3:48$1.29
25.
Airplanes (feat. Hayley Williams of ..Airplanes (feat. Hayley Wil..3:01$1.29

Top Music Videos

Airplanes (feat. Hayley Williams of Paramore), B.o.B
1. Airplanes (fe...
Nothin' On You (feat. Bruno Mars), B.o.B
2. Nothin' On Yo...
Price Tag, Jessie J
3. Price Tag
Nothin' On You (feat. Bruno Mars), B.o.B
4. Nothin' On Yo...
Strange Clouds (feat. Lil Wayne), B.o.B
5. Strange Cloud...
Both of Us (feat. Taylor Swift), B.o.B
6. Both of Us (f...
Don't Let Me Fall, B.o.B
7. Don't Let Me ...
I'll Be In the Sky, B.o.B
8. I'll Be In th...
So High (feat. B.o.B), Slim Thug
9. So High (feat...
We Still In This Bitch (feat. T.I. and Juicy J), B.o.B
10. We Still In T...
So Good, B.o.B
11. So Good
Magic (feat. Rivers Cuomo), B.o.B
12. Magic (feat. ...
Out of My Mind (feat. Nicki Minaj), B.o.B
13. Out of My Min...
Bet I (feat. T.I. & Playboy Tre), B.o.B
14. Bet I (feat. ...
Up Down (Do This All Day) [feat. B.o.B], T-Pain
15. Up Down (Do T...
Airplanes (feat. Hayley Williams of Paramore), B.o.B
16. Airplanes (fe...
Numb (feat. B.o.B & Yo Gotti), August Alsina
17. Numb (feat. B...
Nothin' On You (feat. Bruno Mars), B.o.B
18. Nothin' On Yo...
Tightrope (Wondamix) [Feat. B.o.B & Lupe Fiasco], Janelle Monáe
19. Tightrope (Wo...
Haterz Everywhere (feat. Rich Boy), B.o.B
20. Haterz Everyw...


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