News: B.o.B.'s "Strange Clouds" Tracklisting Pours, Rapper Recruits Hollywood Legend For Sophomore LP

Monday, Apr 9, 2012 2:30PM

Written by Rosario Harper

With Grand Hustle rapper B.o.B.'s Strange Clouds sophomore album release just weeks away, the LP's star-studded tracklisting has found its way online.

The 15-track album features guest spots courtesy of Nicki Minaj, T.I., Lil Wayne along with an unexpected record with Hollywood legend Morgan Freeman.

1. Bombs Away (featuring Morgan Freeman) 2. Ray Bands 3. So Hard to Breathe 4. Both of Us (featuring Taylor Swift) 5. Strange Clouds (featuring Lil Wayne) 6. So Good 7. Play for Keeps 8. Arena (featuring Chris Brown & T.I.) 9. Out of My Mind (featuring Nicki Minaj) 10. Never Let You Go (featuring Ryan Tedder) 11. Chandelier (featuring Lauriana Mae) 12. Circles 13. Just A Sign (featuring Playboy Tre) 14. Castles (featuring Trey Songz) 15. Where Are You (Bob Vs. Bobby Ray) (Strange Clouds)

The rapper's new album is slated to drop at the beginning of May.

"Good News and "Not-so-good" news.... #StrangeClouds comes out May 1st.... #StrangeClouds," he tweeted February 9th.
"Sorry for the wait but I promise it's a phenomenal album... #StrangeClouds" (B.o.B.'s Twitter)

Recently, B.o.B. and elusive rap veteran Andre 3000's "Play the Guitar" collaboration premiered.

"Play the Guitar" finds the rapper dropping playful rhymes over Salaam Remi produced soundscapes. "Sideline haters need to chill where the cooler is," B.o.B raps. However, it doesn't feel like the hero has arrived until André 3000 comes in mid-way to drop knowledge. "I encourage any child to pick up some instrument, because if you're mad at your dad or your mum you can grab it and strum/ Eat your cabbage and corn by the time you're done, you'll probably realize they meant you no harm." Bobby Ray's first single, "Strange Clouds" (feat. Lil' Wayne), is climbing the charts. "Strange Clouds," which peaked at No. 3 on the Hot 100 chart, recently jumped from 48-41 and is currently No. 18 on Rap Songs. (Billboard)

In early October, the Atlanta rapper discussed busting rhymes on his second solo effort.

"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")

Check out a recent B.o.B. interview below:

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