Hip-hop dressed anew
Album: B.o.B Presents the Adventures of Bobby Ray
Reviewer: John K. Abimanyi
You rarely meet a new rapper that doesn’t use his break-onto-the scene CD to show you just how much money they have (or hope to make after selling CDs), how many whores they pimp, how many Cadillac-type cars they ride, how many jails they have run away from, how much crack they smoke...and any such bad-boy characteristics.
Bobby Ray Simmons, a 22-year old rapper, descended on rap’s scene this year with an album that tries to present a good humoured, social-reformist, emcee on the mic; not like his drug-consuming, sex-addicted, social misfit colleagues.
In what must be one of the most collaborated albums by a single artiste, this CD sees B.o.B invite Hayley Williams from Paramore, Eminem, T.I., Bruno Mars and five other less known artistes to pull this project off. The result is a mixed Rap/Rock blend with that palatable rap-on-guitar sound for your ears, as best exemplified by the rhymes on Don’t Let me Fall.
He takes time off to brag, like an adolescent teenager trying to impress similarly puberty stricken girls, on Magic. But he quickly returns from the false air to campaign for neglected kids that mostly live on the streets, with hardly a shot to a decent life, on The Kids. And while many other rappers will only pour praise on women in an affirmation of their status as sex symbols, B.o.B praises his woman as a tribute to the beauty she extols, not the sex she provides, on Nothing on You.
Airplanes Pt2, which features Eminem, together with Don’t Let Me Fall, and Ghost in the Machine are the leading hits on the collection. At only 22, Bobby has all the time on his hands to duplicate feats by acts like JayZ.