Just a typical Tuesday afternoon at work listening to Pandora, alongside my Office Manager when B.o.B.s “Nothing on You”, comes on.
Instantly, my Office Manager says, “He is such a great artist.” I was floored because I’d never heard him listen to anything aside from The Foo Fighters or Red Hot Chili Peppers. I then started in with my questions to find out how he knew of B.o.B he told me that back in the day (three or four years ago) he was turned on to ‘Cloud 9’ by B.o.B and was hooked ever since.
Known for its unique music style and artists such as Sleepy Brown, TLC and Gucci Mane amongst the many, Atlanta did not fail with their latest rapper B.o.B.
B.o.B decided at an an early age that he wanted to begin his career in hip hop. He started by filling notebooks full of lyrics and notes, just as many rappers before him. In order to keep his momentum going he started a group, ‘The Klinic’ alongside his cousin Swag.
The Klinic lasted until 2006 when Swag decided to head to college after their high school graduation. But by that time, B.o.B had already made some vital contacts and decided to remain focused on his music.
He was discovered in September of 2006 when performing at a local Atlanta club by TJ Chapman, founder of the national DJ conference. He was taken to Miami to meet record producer Jim Jonsin. It was evident to all that B.o.B. was a musical force and as a result he was signed to Jonsin’s label on October 3, 2006 and as they say the rest is history.
In 2010, he released his debut album, ‘B.o.B presents: The Adventures of B.o.B by Ray’ on T.I.’s record label, Grand Hustle. He sold 84,000 copies in the first week. Creating mixtape hits dating back to 2007, producing the majority of his debut album and mastering various musical instruments shows that B.o.B. is not just a rapper but a talented artist.
He adds another spotlight to Atlanta’s R&B and Rap game; he is the alternative more conscience sound that has been missing since the days of Arrested Development and Outkast.
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