Atlanta’s B.o.B. Flying High Atop “Strange Clouds”

May 1, 2012 12:00 AM
Atlanta’s B.o.B. Flying High Atop “Strange Clouds”
" B.o.B. aka Bobby Ray pushed the boundaries of rap with his debut album “The Adventures of Bobby Ray,” blending genres giving pop wings to his hip-hop sensibilities. With his sophomore album “Strange Clouds,” which hit stores today, the Atlanta-based rapper says he sidesteps conventional categories and opts for art that has the sky for its limits.

The guest list on Strange Clouds gives some insight into the artist’s disdain for lines drawn between genres. The set draws on prominent voices from the worlds of hip-hop (Lil Wayne, T.I.) to Hollywood (Morgan Freeman), country (Taylor Swift) and more.

“The collaborations for this album came as they’ve always come in the past,” Bobby Ray told CBS Local. “It’s always been a mixture of spontaneity and fate.”

The most fitting collaboration on Strange Clouds features OutKast’s Andre 3000, a fellow ATL-based rapper who is also known for his musical experimentation. Both with style and substance, OutKast is an admitted favorite of B.o.B.’s.

“It’s funny because I ended up doing a song with Three Stacks (aka Andre 3000) and was supposed to get him on ‘Strange Clouds’ but we tried a lot of songs to get him on.”

B.o.B. ran down a list of songs that didn’t work for Andre 3000, including “Don’t Let Me Fall,” “Bet I,” from his debut album and “Strange Clouds,” the album’s title track, which features Lil Wayne. "

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