B.o.B

B.o.B

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. In 2015 he returned with Psycadelik Thoughtz, an aptly titled effort that was influenced by '70s rock and funk.

Discography

B.o.B - Eastside

B.o.B - Eastside

Atlantic Recording Corp. 2007
B.o.B - 12th Dimension

B.o.B - 12th Dimension

Atlantic Recording Corp. 2008
B.o.B - The Adventures Of Bobby Ray

B.o.B - The Adventures Of Bobby Ray

Atlantic 2010
B.o.B - Strange Clouds

B.o.B - Strange Clouds

Atlantic 2012
B.o.B - Underground Luxury

B.o.B - Underground Luxury

Atlantic, Rebel Rock Music, Grand Hustle 2013
B.o.B - Psycadelik Thoughtz

B.o.B - Psycadelik Thoughtz

Rebel Rock, Grand Hustle, Atlantic 2015
B.o.B - Elements

B.o.B - Elements

No Genre 2016
B.o.B - Ether

B.o.B - Ether

No Genre, EMPIRE 2017

Guest Appearances

Big Bud - Da Best Kept Secret
  • Hey How U Doin'

Big Bud - Da Best Kept Secret

Dabakeryman 2007
T.I. - Paper Trail
  • On Top Of The World

T.I. - Paper Trail

Atlantic, Grand Hustle 2008
Pitbull - Rebelution
  • Across The World

Pitbull - Rebelution

Polo Grounds Music, J Records, Mr. 305 2009
Classified - Self Explanatory
  • They Call This (Hip Hop)

Classified - Self Explanatory

HalfLife Records 2009
Willy Northpole - Tha Connect
  • Hood Dreamer

Willy Northpole - Tha Connect

Disturbing Tha Peace 2009
Big Boi - Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son Of Chico Dusty
  • Night Night

Big Boi - Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son Of Chico Dusty

Def Jam Recordings 2010
Slim Thug - Tha Thug Show
  • So High

Slim Thug - Tha Thug Show

E1 Music 2010
Bruno Mars - Doo-Wops & Hooligans
  • The Other Side

Bruno Mars - Doo-Wops & Hooligans

Elektra 2010
Giggs - Let Em Ave It
  • Don't Go There

Giggs - Let Em Ave It

XL Recordings, Spare No1 Productions 2010
Quincy Jones - Q: Soul Bossa Nostra
  • Sanford And Son

Quincy Jones - Q: Soul Bossa Nostra

Qwest Records, Interscope Records 2010
DJ Drama - Third Power
  • Take My City

DJ Drama - Third Power

E1 Music 2011
Tech N9ne - All 6's And 7's
  • Am I A Psycho

Tech N9ne - All 6's And 7's

Strange Music 2011
Jessie J - Who You Are
  • Price Tag

Jessie J - Who You Are

Lava, Universal Republic Records 2011
Teddybears - Devil's Music
  • Get Mama A House

Teddybears - Devil's Music

Big Beat, Atlantic 2011
Mad Mic Vs Tyler Torance And Calibuz Wax - Living Legends
  • Living Legends

Mad Mic Vs Tyler Torance And Calibuz Wax - Living Legends

Prosa Nostra 2011
DJ Khaled - We The Best Forever
  • My Life

DJ Khaled - We The Best Forever

Cash Money Records, We The Best Music Group, Universal Motown 2011
Big Boi - Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors (Deluxe Edition)
  • Shoes For Running

Big Boi - Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors (Deluxe Edition)

Def Jam Recordings 2012
DJ Drama - Quality Street Music
  • Pledge Of Allegiance

DJ Drama - Quality Street Music

E1 Music 2012
Waka Flocka Flame - Triple F Life: Friends Fans & Family
  • Fist Pump

Waka Flocka Flame - Triple F Life: Friends Fans & Family

Warner Bros. Records, Brick Squad Monopoly 2012
Melanie Fiona - The MF Life
  • Change The Record

Melanie Fiona - The MF Life

Street Records Corporation, Universal Republic Records 2012
Slaughterhouse - Welcome To Our House
  • Place To Be

Slaughterhouse - Welcome To Our House

Shady Records, Interscope Records 2012
Jessie J - Domino (Remix EP)
  • Price Tag

Jessie J - Domino (Remix EP)

Lava, Universal Republic Records 2012
Tech N9ne - Something Else
  • See Me

Tech N9ne - Something Else

Strange Music 2013
Lawson - Chapman Square / Chapter II
  • Brokenhearted

Lawson - Chapman Square / Chapter II

Polydor, Global Talent Records 2013
Ciara - Ciara
  • Body Track (Remix)

Ciara - Ciara

Epic 2013
E-40 - Sharp On All 4 Corners: Corner 1
  • Red Cup

E-40 - Sharp On All 4 Corners: Corner 1

Heavy On The Grind Entertainment 2014
Rittz - Next To Nothing (Deluxe Edition)
  • In My Zone

Rittz - Next To Nothing (Deluxe Edition)

Strange Music, Inc 2014
August Alsina - Testimony
  • Numb

August Alsina - Testimony

Def Jam Recordings 2014
Mila J - M.I.L.A.
  • Champion

Mila J - M.I.L.A.

Motown 2014
Joell Ortiz - House Slippers
  • Music Saved My Life

Joell Ortiz - House Slippers

Penalty Entertainment 2014
Tech N9ne - Special Effects
  • Hood Go Crazy

Tech N9ne - Special Effects

Strange Music 2015
Glasses Malone - GlassHouse 2: Life Ain't Nuthin But...
  • Knock It Out

Glasses Malone - GlassHouse 2: Life Ain't Nuthin But...

Division Media Company 2015
Jordin Sparks - Right Here Right Now
  • Work From Home

Jordin Sparks - Right Here Right Now

Louder Than Life, 19 Recordings 2015
Jodeci - The Past, The Present, The Future
  • Nobody Wins

Jodeci - The Past, The Present, The Future

Sphinx Music Entertainment, Epic 2015
Mary Lambert - Heart On My Sleeve
  • Secrets

Mary Lambert - Heart On My Sleeve

Capitol Records 2015
Mistah F.A.B. - Son Of A Pimp, Pt. 2
  • Backseat

Mistah F.A.B. - Son Of A Pimp, Pt. 2

Faeva Afta, EMPIRE 2016
Trae Tha Truth - Tha Truth, Pt. 2
  • Let Me Live

Trae Tha Truth - Tha Truth, Pt. 2

ABN, EMPIRE 2016
Cash Cash - Blood, Sweat & 3 Years
  • Devil

Cash Cash - Blood, Sweat & 3 Years

Big Beat, Atlantic 2016
Mistah F.A.B. - Stan Pablo 4506
  • And-A-Um

Mistah F.A.B. - Stan Pablo: 4506

Faeva Afta 2017

Compilations

Various - Step Up 2 The Streets (Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  • 369

Various - Step Up 2 The Streets (Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Atlantic 2008
Various - Killer Mike Presents Underground Atlanta
  • Generation Lost

Various - Killer Mike Presents Underground Atlanta

Grind Time Official, SMC Recordings 2009
Various - Rio 2 (Music From The Motion Picture)
  • Rio Rio

Various - Rio 2 (Music From The Motion Picture)

Atlantic, Fox Music 2014
T-Pain - T-Pain Presents Happy Hour: The Greatest Hits
  • Up Down (Do This All Day) [Remix]

T-Pain - T-Pain Presents Happy Hour: The Greatest Hits

RCA, Nappy Boy Entertainment, Konvict Muzik 2014
No Genre - Don't Call It A Christmas Album
  • Sledge Hammer

No Genre - Don't Call It A Christmas Album

No Genre 2016