Exclusive: Alex da Kid On B.o.B.'s Rise To Fame, "He's Not Just A Regular Rapper, He's Super Talented"

Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 9:08AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

With B.o.B. continuing to ride the success of his hit "Airplanes" record, SOHH spoke with its producer, Alex da Kid, to get his take on the rapper's rise.

Alex is impressed by what B.o.B. offers hip-hop as a multi-talented emcee.

"I met B.o.B. about two years ago in LA, it was like a last minute session and we actually didn't really do anything in that session, we were just talking and then I went to the strip club, [laughs]," Alex told SOHH about befriending B.o.B. "He's a super cool guy, but we didn't speak for a little while because we were so busy but obviously I'm just super proud of him. He was on the label for a while and you see that so much where an artist will get signed and then kinda left on the label and then he did the deal with T.I. over at Grand Hustle which made people kinda stand up and pay more attention. He's got a great team around him and what I love about him is he does something different, he's not just a regular rapper. He's super talented, he can play guitar and sing and do something different." (SOHH)

Alex also said there may be plans for a rock version of "Airplanes."

"Right now they're riding out the success of the album," Alex added. "Now you're getting an exclusive here, they want me to do a rock version, well, I might do this rock version of 'Airplanes' [as a] 'just to have it' kinda thing. The label is hitting me up for that but aside from that, I think they're all out going and pushing 'Airplanes' and I think he has another single coming out after that and then they might start thinking about doing the next album or repackaging this album or whatever they wanna do." (SOHH)

Also featured on the track is rocker Hayley Williams, who spoke on working on "Airplanes II" with Eminem.

"I was given the track a while ago while we were on tour," Williams said in an interview. "The guys and I all loved it. They told me I was crazy if I passed it up. I liked the part too much anyways, so of course I was down. I only found out about Eminem getting on the track like a month ago. As if the song couldn't get any better. He just slays me, he's such a genius. And I'm a big B.o.B fan. Got everything of his that I've been able to get my hands on. Whether our fans know or not, I'm not sure, but [Paramore bassist ] Jeremy [Davis] and I have always been really into hip-hop. It means a lot that I got to collaborate with a hip-hop artist who is from Atlanta. Not far from home. We Southern gals love us some Southern gentlemen." (MTV)

B.o.B.'s debut topped the charts upon its release in late April.

Grand Hustle rapper B.o.B.'s Adventures of Bobby Ray debuted this week at No. 1. According to Nielsen Soundscan, the Southern-grown emcee's debut album has sold 84,300 records after a week in stores. (SOHH Sales Wrap)

For more on Alex da Kid, peep his Twitter and MySpace.

Check out B.o.B.'s "Airplanes" below:

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