The Adventures of Bobby Ray is worth the hype
After listening to May 25th, there was little doubt in my mind that I wouldn’t love The Adventures of Bobby Ray. In fact, I was so excited for it that I preordered the Jetsetter package, wasting (investing?) almost $50 to get the album, some downloads, an “I Got Haterz Everywhere I Go” shirt that I’m actually wearing as I type this, and an autographed poster that I screamed like a Twilight fan for when I opened it. Oh, and I got the album on Monday–I can’t even begin to describe how special I felt, getting it a day early.
Needless to say (I’ll say it anyway), B.o.B’s debut effort didn’t disappoint although it lacks the street flavor of May 25th. He can spit, he can sing, he can do everything, but I found myself wishing for more rap at the end of the day. I really like the album, but I also really like May 25th. I do think it’s great he can sing the hook and rap the verses, thus avoiding the pitfall of having too many features while blending the different genres seamlessly. Maybe he does have a lot of features; I don’t really consider the non hip hop artists to be features, probably because I don’t recognize them. One of my favorite songs is “Don’t Let Me Fall,” which is the first track. While I am super excited to see how it is translated into a live show,. Other notable songs include “Past My Shades” featuring Lupe, “5th Dimension,” oh yeah and that other song you might have heard of called “Airplanes, Part II,” which features Hayley Williams of Paramore and Eminem.
I also want to talk about Atlantic and Grand Hustle, because I think they did a remarkable job marketing and handling the project. The album was supposed to be released on May 25th (hence the name of his mixtape) but was pushed up after the platinum success of “Nothin On You.” When I heard that single playing on King 5 News the other day, I understood its widespread appeal. Now, they’re following it up with my favorite song off May 25th, “Bet I,” and will surely follow that up with “Airplanes, Part II.” Great album, great team behind him. I’m happy for B.o.B that everything is turning out well for him!