Before he had a number 1 selling album, before he changed his name, before Georgia Durt became Playboy Tre, before he even had an entry on wikipedia, the only thing on the web where you could find information on the slowly rising rap star B.o.B was on his myspace. The page looked like it belonged to some kid out of high school, but it featured a pretty lengthy description about who he was, and more importantly, in a time when everyone thought BOB stood for Bombs Over Baghdad, what BoB stood for: Bringin Out Blunts, Business Over Bitches, Bringing out Books; really, it meant whatever you wanted it to. At the time, he only had one mixtape to his name, an EP called The 12th Dimension .
Despite only containing 5 songs and sounding very different from The Adventures of Bobby Ray (imagine comparing The Low End Theory with Beats, Rhymes and Life), I believe that this EP is Bobby Ray’s greatest work thus far. After seeing BoB live for the first time at Rock The Bells ’08 (the first of 3 Bobby Ray shows I’ve had the pleasure of attending) and experiencing “Cloud 9″ (see below), I knew this guy was special, and when I got home and checked out the album, I felt no differently. Despite the fact that his music has clearly taken on a new direction (which I can understand, although I have a hard time loving it), if you are a current BoB fan or just someone who loves stoner rap (Yea, he was doing this way before Cudi and Young Khalifa Mayne), check out the EP (Download Here).
If you don’t end up singing the chorus of this next one in your head all day, then you are not human.