Grand Hustle rapper B.o.B. has shared his reaction to The Adventures of Bobby Ray debuting atop the charts earlier this month.
The Southern emcee called his success a surprise and revealed how far he went to support the debut.
“To have a number one album is definitely unexpected,” B.o.B. said about his debut’s chart placement. “I was really hoping, just to have people buy it and that it was going to be in the stores. It’s crazy because is it going to be in ‘all’ the stores? We went to the Best Buys, the Targets, just bought up the whole shelf. We even took the little barcode thing on the shelf that they label the shelf with, so it was a good time.” (Hip Hollywood)
After selling 84,200 records his first week, the rapper pushed out less than half the amount last Wednesday (May 12).
Grand Hustle artist B.o.B.’s Adventures of Bobby Ray fell out of the Top 10 this week moving 11 spots to No. 12 with 36,100. Headed into his second week, the rapper’s debut album rests at 120,400 sold copies. (SOHH Sales Wrap)
The Southern rapper recently talked about his anticipation to release the long-awaited debut.
“Getting to this point and finally getting an album out — I know I speak on behalf of all my fans — it’s been a very long wait and I feel like everybody’s finally ready for it,” he explained in an interview. “Even though I’ve had a lot of music in the past, I feel like now it’s timing, because timing plays a huge role in the success of things — especially me, and getting here really took a lot of online presence, a lot of performing. It took a lot of shows…”I think now people know what they should expect, and even still, playing the album for people they’re still like, ‘Wow, I didn’t know it was going to be that.’ I think the fans know to expect decent music. I don’t think anybody’s expectations will be low for it, but I feel like it will definitely have some surprising factors to it.” (MTV)
His project features guest appearances from T.I., Eminem, Bruno Mars, Hayley Williams and more.
“Don’t Let Me Fall” “Nothin’ On You” (featuring Bruno Mars) – 4:30 “Past My Shades” (featuring Lupe Fiasco) “Airplanes” (featuring Hayley Williams) “Bet I” (featuring T.I. and Playboy Tre) – 4:14 “Satellite” “Ghost in the Machine” “The Kids” (featuring Janelle Monae) “Magic” (featuring Rivers Cuomo) “Fame” “Lovelier Than You” “5th Dimension” (featuring T.I. & Ricco Barrino) “Airplanes (Part II)” (featuring Eminem and Hayley Williams) (Team Supreme Music)
Check out B.o.B. speaking on his debut album’s success below: