News: B.o.B. Ready To Kick 'Strange' Bars, "Now I Just Feel Like Rapping" [Video]
Thursday, Oct 6, 2011 9:10PM
Grand Hustle artist B.o.B. has revealed his intent in getting back to his hip-hop rapping roots and provided a slight update on his upcoming Strange Clouds sophomore album.
Along with speaking on a strong return to rapping, Bobby Ray also hinted at a possible LP release date.
"For me I feel like I been going through phases. And I feel like I'ma always go through phases," he explained in an interview. "When I first started the first song I ever released was 'Cloud 9.' And that was like a smoker's anthem. The first whole half of the song I was just singing on it -- I kinda went through that phase. Went through [an] alternative phase where all I wanted to do was make rock music. Now I just feel like rapping. I feel like naturally I'ma sing, throw a melody here and there but I'm in emcee mode now....Man we gonna get that [out] I'ma say, March. I'm aiming for early March. I don't wanna say too much." ("The Breakfast Club")
Last month, the Atlanta rapper revealed his new album's title.
Fresh off performing in front of President Obama at a fundraiser in Los Angeles, Bobby Ray caught a flight back to ATL. He appeared on V103?s "The Ryan Cameron Show" on Tuesday, where he revealed Strange Clouds as the title. "'Strange Clouds' is the first single off of my sophomore album, actually titled Strange Clouds," he announced. The project, which serves as the follow-up to his Grammy-nominated debut B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray, is preceded by the single of the same name featuring Lil Wayne. The song went to iTunes on Tuesday and has already cracked the top 5. (Rap-Up)
Around mid-September, Bobby Ray said his second LP was nearly finished.
"Hopefully fans will be able to hear the new album very soon," B.o.B. said in an interview. "I'm as impatient for you to hear it as you are. It's a more mature sound but nothing too experimental -- It's a happy medium between the sound of B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray and the mixtapes, so everyone should be able to enjoy it. I'd say I'm 90 percent done with it right now, but the album title is still TBA." (The Daily Orange)
In May, Bobby Ray gave details on what the studio grind had been like for his upcoming album.
"I feel like I'm about halfway through it, and I wouldn't even say because of how many songs I have," said B.o.B in an interview. "It's kinda like as an artist you absorb, it's like a sponge, you absorb it and then you gotta give it back out. I still feel like I got more to put out. I got more to say. So I can record songs all day, but until I get everything out that I want to say, that's pretty much what the wait is...I feel like it's all about timing -- It's the right timing and I haven't revealed the name of the album yet, but I've been working on this since before The Adventures of Bobby Ray, so it's a real special project." (MTV)
Check out B.o.B.'s interview down below: