News: Eminem Wants T.I.'s Protégé? Shady/Grand Hustle Rumors Surface

Sunday, Jan 27, 2013 5:52PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Grammy-winning rapper Eminem reportedly has his eyes on Grand Hustle's B.o.B. as new reports claim Slim wants him on Shady Records.

Although neither side has addressed the gossip, reports claim Shady has already tried to add Bobby Ray to his roster.

I was unaware that producer Jim Jonsin had paperwork on rapper B.O.B., but that seems to be the case. It seems that B.O.B. is signed to Jim in some form or fashion - forgive my ignorance - and that's been a very successful situation for the most part. But, I am hearing that Eminem is looking to get B.O.B. on Team Shady or already has tried. Apparently, sometime in the recent past Em said he would be willing to buy Bob out of his contract for a few milli. But, I am hearing that Jim isn't with it and may have already turned Em down for the offer. I guess B.O.B. remains to be a hot commodity. (All Hip Hop Rumors)

Back in late 2011, B.o.B. said he got Em to critique his Strange Clouds sophomore effort.

B.o.B revealed that he and Em have been in touch, and he had a chance to play Slim Shady his new record, Strange Clouds. Bobby Ray said it was still surreal to sit down with Em and have the rapper critique his work, especially since Em has been supportive of what he's already done. "I grew up listening to Eminem, so to be able to work and get advice on your music from him is a dream come true," he said. "It was free, a free environment. It really wasn't rigid, just real free with the music, no ego." (MTV)

In spring 2010, the Atlanta rapper leaked his Eminem-featured "Airplanes Pt. II" joint effort.

"Since the album is leaking...I want this one to come from ME. Hear "Airplanes Pt.2" ft. EMINEM & Hayley Williams ofParamore www.bobatl.com," he wrote Monday (April 19). "Much Love to the people who are still going out to support the album April 27th...like in the old days!" (B.o.B.'s Twitter)

"Airplanes" producer Alex da Kid previously spoke to SOHH about what makes B.o.B. so special.

"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)

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