B.o.B
The Adventures Of Bobby Ray


3.0
good

Review

by Bulldog USER (114 Reviews)
April 27th, 2010 | 113 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Alternative hip-hop for the masses. But above all, this is really a concrete testament to the diversity in, and the morphability of, hip-hop...or is it?

It's been long overdue. Seeing as B.o.B generated some serious hype in '08, he's been due to explode for quite awhile now. A solid all around artist, B.o.B is not only a rapper and a singer, but a multi-instrumentalist and mixer. After a postponement that spanned the course of five months, his debut album is here. After being exalted by several of my school's senior sh*tty music correspondents, I expected this to be just another sappy, multi-platinum, radio-rap release. Boy, was I dead wrong. B.o.B. is, essentially, the mainstream's one man version of The Roots. Needless to say, he's not as good, less thoughtful, and more pop-influenced, but the comparison stands to serve.

Despite being a newbie under the southern regime that employ crunk, snap rap, and pop-hop as the triad of platinum-driving subgenres, B.o.B. is really unique considering what region he hails from. If first impressions counted for anything, one would believe this is a techno-influenced, alternative hip-hop album in the lieu of Kid Cudi. After all, the cover artwork screams out "thoughtful" and "electronica" amongst other things, and the first song, "Don't Let Me Fall," is sci-fi pop with tinges of acoustic rock. But that's not right at all. The next track, "Nothin' On You," displays strong R&B influences. Still not right, let's skim through some more. "Past My Shades" is infused with bouncy, bluesy soul, "Airplanes" is tinged with emotional pop, and "Bet I" is your typical southern beat fare, pumped full of heavy electronics and bumping bass . I don't know if B.o.B was just trying to craft a musical portfolio with a diverse blend of sounds and styles, but this album seems to weigh itself down with an identity crisis. Despite being instrumentally good, the overall musical aspect is sporadic and shapeshifting, and that makes for an uncomfortable, less-than-flawless album flow.

So what common themes does it have? B.o.B. delivers some some good lyrics that is essentially a combination of smarts, feelings, and pop sensibilities. Regardless of the fact that his lyrics incorporate hulking pop elements, they're still deep. (Well, that is, with taking into account the standards of the mainstream.) However, B.o.B. does a great job of portraying himself as a hipster. Regardless of whether or not he actually is, his donning of sleek, modernist glasses in the video for "Nothin' On You" and casual wielding of guitars in multiple photographs, compliment his hipster look so well, it's disturbing. But I digress. Along with his indie-like image, he has a knack for creating pop appeal. With guests like Hayley Williams, Eminem, and Rivers Cuomo (of Weezer) representing his pop sensibilities, and guests like Lupe Fiasco representing his 'alternative' side, it's clear that B.o.B. has the best of both worlds.

He sings (well, and without autotune, thank you very much,) he plays (multiple instruments) and he raps (in a literate, barely uptempo fashion.) B.o.B. is your go-to one man band. Unhindered by the trifecta of plagues that beleaguers the image of the south. In a region that reeks of amateurism, materialism, and unoriginality, B.o.B. is something fresh, original, and talented. I was impressed by his debut, and can only hope he expounds on the potential he displays on ...The Adventures of Bobby Ray



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Bulldog
April 28th 2010


3796 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Was pretty impressed with this, tbh.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
April 28th 2010


31493 Comments

Album Rating: 2.3

Doesn't scream 'electronica' in the slightest

Don't know about that Roots comparison either

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joesmoe4000
April 28th 2010


371 Comments


after listening to this over and over i had to change my rating to great


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Bulldog
April 28th 2010


3796 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I think of electronica when I see the album artwork, just a personal thing I guess.

MUNGOLOID
April 28th 2010


4350 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

surprised you didn't compare him to andre 3000, considering how a lot of other people do.

Bulldog
April 28th 2010


3796 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yea, I thought about an Outkast comparison, but decided against it for some reason.

I thought this would be a really shitty album, tbh.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
April 28th 2010


17944 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this album is great so far

Bulldog
April 28th 2010


3796 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i was definitely surprised chan.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
April 28th 2010


17944 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

im not surprised cuz i didn't have preconceptions so this is just a good rap album.

Bulldog
April 28th 2010


3796 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

admittedly, i had preconceptions cuz a bunch of kids who like terrible hip hop at my school and were like. ZOMG TIHS IS GR8

JWT155
April 28th 2010


9319 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I need to get this asap.

Bulldog
April 28th 2010


3796 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

you can youtube all the tracks if need be JWT155.

JWT155
April 28th 2010


9319 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

No thanks says the Pirate in me... ;-)

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
April 28th 2010


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

listened to like half the songs on this now its awesome

Bulldog
April 28th 2010


3796 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

the nothin on you video is rather fun and creative

b.o.b is pretty cool.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
April 28th 2010


17944 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

your review reads like a 3.5 at the worst

Bulldog
April 28th 2010


3796 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yea, about that. im torn on my rating.

TheSpirit
April 28th 2010


17990 Comments


good review bull, i heard the hayley song the other day and think i might check the rest out.

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mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
April 28th 2010


17944 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

oh and em kills it on airplanes pt 2

was really surprised

Bulldog
April 28th 2010


3796 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

thanks the spirit. whered your power rangers av go?

yea ems been going through the motions for awhile now, and i was impressed with his verse on that.



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