B.o.B. recently opened up about his debut album under T.I.‘s Grand Hustle label.
In addition to the album, “Bobby Ray” also explained the creation of his T.I. collaboration, “Fifth Dimension.”
“‘Fifth Dimension,’ T.I. actually produced it, him and Lil C produced it from Grand Hustle so we got in the studio just playing around with some drums, loops and guitars and some asteroids and we made up ‘Fifth Dimension,’ and it’s gonna, it’s a banger,” B.o.B. promised in an interview. “It’s definitely scheduled to come out April 27th, it was May 25th but [The Adventures of Bobby Ray] got pushed forward, which never happens, ever, I don’t even recall that happening and if it does change, it’ll only move forward again.” (XXL Magazine)
Last month, B.o.B. broke the news of using T.I. as a producer for his debut.
“As far as production, T.I. actually produced some stuff on the album,” Bobby Ray said in an interview. “Jim Jonsin, Dr. Luke, me, it’s a good combination…I actually worked with him as soon as he got out. He actually left and went straight to the studio apparently, so, I went in and worked with him some, we did some stuff for his album, my album. And you know, just really got in there to get in the vibe. Since he’s been released, he seems more, he has something to prove now. I feel like he has a deeper fire to his whole approach, it has more motivation. He’s a motivated person in general, but I feel he’s got a lot more now.” (Rap-Up TV)
He also said his label boss seemed to be more focused since beginning his 366-day jail sentence last May.
“Yeah, I actually worked with Tip on some stuff from my album and some stuff from his album,” he revealed in an interview. “We came up with a banger–might I add that. He seems like he’s really focused now that he’s out, and he seems like he’s got something to prove. I’m excited to see what he’s gonna do, and I’m excited to see what the songs we made are gonna do.” (Hip Hop DX)
Producer Swizz Beatz recently spoke on hitting the studio to work on T.I.’s next solo album.
“[T.I.], that’s the homie. I don’t have nothing for him yet. His mind and his thought pattern before he went [to jail] is gonna be different from when he gets out. That man has been in the penitentiary at a time that was the height of his career — he might come out and not wanna use curses no more. He might come out and use more curses. I don’t know. I can’t create the sound for Tip that’s based on ‘Swing Ya Rag’ and ‘Bring Em Out’ and all these things we’ve done unless it’s his plan. He’s gotta come out, [I] sit down with him, chill how we chill. I gotta do a couple ofrecords with him. I can’t be the first thing coming out.” (MTV)
Check out B.o.B. speaking on T.I. down below: