There was a time when the term “rapper” was an instant typecast. Artists who wore that name tag were expected to walk and talk a certain way and never conform to the status quo. But now, as music sheds definitions and genre lines continue to be erased, the climate is ripe for “rappers” to redefine that job title and make the world conform to them.
Leading that charge is Winston-Salem born, globally-raised B.o.B aka Bobby Ray.
B.o.B introduced himself to the world in 2006 with his mixtape Cloud 9, and has since traveled the world, topped the charts and broken invisible barriers that the music world didn’t know existed.
Now with his sophomore album Strange Clouds, the six-time Grammy nominated rapper/songwriter is on a quest to show the fans he’s had from day one, as well as the ones he just made yesterday, that his float to the top is no fluke.
The proof is in the tracklisting where the international superstar balances duets with everyone from Lil’ Wayne on the album’s platinum title track, which landed at #1 on iTunes upon its release, to the Dr. Luke-produced “Both Of Us,” which sees B.o.B rapping opposite Taylor Swift.
Just as he proved on his Gold-certified debut album, B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Raywith his multi-platinum, breakout hits “Airplanes” featuring Haley Williams of Paramore, and “Nothing On You” featuring Bruno Mars, which was nominated for “Record Of The Year” at the 2010 Grammy Awards, B.o.B flies well with passengers.
But, it’s the solo flights on Strange Clouds that show that he is one of the greats of his time.
The Atlanta native shines on tracks like the intro “Bombs Away” where he raps “you think you know me, but you ain’t seen the half of me.” He then addresses people who think they know him and those that actually do with “Where Are You (B.o.B vs. Bobby Ray)” where he pens a narrative reminiscent of Eminem’s “Stan.”
Childish Gambino, is an American actor, writer, comedian and hip hop recording artist from Stone Mountain, Georgia. Glover first came to attention for his work with Derrick Comedy and for subsequently becoming a writer for the NBC comedy series 30 Rock. Glover is perhaps best known for his role as college student Troy Barnes, on NBC's Community and for his rising career as a stand-up comedian and rapper, respectively.
In 2011, Glover signed to Glassnote Records, where he releases music under his Childish Gambino moniker. After releasing several albums and mixtapes himself, he released Camp, his first album for the label, on November 15, 2011. His second studio album, Because the Internet, is due for release on December 10, 2013.
Hopsin, is an American rapper and record producer from Los Angeles, California. In 2007, he was signed to Ruthless Records, and has since founded his own record label, Funk Volume, in 2009. Hopsin has released three studio albums, Gazing At the Moonlight through Ruthless Records, Raw and his latest album Knock Madness along with the mixtape Haywire (with SwizZz) through Funk Volume.
He is due to release a collaboration extended play with Travis Barker. He is well known for his use of white colored eye contacts in music videos, performances, and interviews
Artist Review: Kool G Rap and Necro ( The Godfathers)
The Godfathers is a collaboration group between rappers Kool G Rap and Necro. Their debut album "Once Upon A Crime" is scheduled to be released on November 19th, 2013.
On November, 30th, 2011, The Godfathers released a digital mix CD, titled, The Pre-Kill. The digital mix consists of fifty previously released songs of Kool G Rap & Necro going back and forth song for song.