Atlanta’s Hip-Hop Protégé, B.O.B. to earn a “Ph.D”?

Atlanta’s hip-hop protégé, B.O.B, also known as Bobby Ray, has been on the hip-hop scene since 2005, but has only been nationally recognized since the release of his single, “I’ll be in the Sky” in 2008. His debut album, “B.O.B. Presents the Adventures of Bobby Ray”, is expected to be released on April 27th, 2010 under T.I.’s record label, Grand Hustle. So what does Atlanta think about this new artist? Many Atlanta natives have a sense of pride about giving birth to yet another music artist. Atlanta has a strong backing in the music industry after having produced artists like Outkast, Ludacris, Usher, Monica, T.I., and Keri Hilson. B.O.B. isn’t just your typical rapper; his style encompasses Hip-Hop, R& B, Funk, and Alternative. His style is so eclectic, it’s no wonder why he’s achieved such a large fan base in such a short period of time. He’s being compared to artists like Lupe Fiasco and Outkast, and has an advantage over many other hip-hop artists in that he doesn’t limited himself to the traditional “hickory-dickory-dock” style rapping. Let’s face it, rapping isn’t just about rhyming anymore. With each generation comes an increased expectation of music creativity. B.O.B’s album has already been endorsed by XXL and Vibe magazines. In fact XXL magazine deemed him part of “Hip-Hop’s Class of ‘09”. Will his album earn him a Ph.D. (Platinum in the Hip-Hop Dynasty) after the debut of his album? One thing’s for sure, he’s passing with flying colors.

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