In semi defense of B.o.B.

For the three or four dudes on my formspring wanting to know, yeah, I finally did hear that song B.o.B. did with Eminem and Hayley Williams, the chick from Paramore. It came on the satellite radio in my van the other day when I was on my way back from getting a burrito. I started to change the station, when I saw it was B.o.B., but then I remembered that this was the one I was supposed to check out.

People must have thought I would appreciate it, because it sounds just like those songs Jedi Mind Tricks did with Shara Worden from My Brightest Diamond. I was all about those songs, back in like ’06. I was reminded of them recently when I downloaded a mixtape by Vinnie Paz, which I guess was intended to promote this solo album he’s got coming out. I thought it might have some exclusive shit, like freestyles over songs that are already popular, songs from the new album and what have you, but come to find out it’s just a repackaging of shit from the last few Jedi Mind Tricks and AotP albums. It could just be some shit some guy threw together, like that fat white guy who tours with Ghostface, who once explained to XXL (this was a while back) how he’s allowed to use the dreaded n-word. But the cool part about it is that saves me from having to do any extra work, or, god forbid, spend any money to listen to, say, the song where he’s suddenly so concerned with body-image issues.

“Airplanes,” as it turns out, is right up my alley. No homo. Is it as good as those Jedi Mind Tricks songs that it so clearly ripped off? Of course not. But there’s certainly worse things you could listen to on Shade 45. Like, almost everything else that’s ever come on Shade 45. Get rid of the part with B.o.B., and it would have been a much better lead single for the new Eminem album than that shit he dropped the other day. (I can’t even remember what it’s called anymore.) I mean, the rapping was cool, but the rest of it I could have done without. He was obviously trying to rip off Drake, singing his own chorus, and even bringing in the dude who produced “Best I Ever Had.” He shoulda just had Drake do the chorus. Or brought in a white chick, since apparently you can do that now. No but really, as much as I enjoyed “Airplanes,” I’m surprised so many black dudes claim to enjoy it. I’m surprised they even play it on hip-hop stations. (Except that they’re probably ordered to.) It hardly even sounds like rap music.

I joked once, either on Twitter or maybe here, that that song “Nothing on You” is as gay as a three-dollar bill. I’d just seen the video, which looks like – and, for all we know, might actually be – a commercial for a new line of khaki pants from Old Navy. And why is that gay Puerto Rican kid who sings the chorus dressed like Sylvester Stallone in Rocky V (when he had to move back to the ghetto)? And while I still more or less stand by that statement, you have to admit that both “Nothing on You” and “Airplanes” are ridonkulously well produced, for what they are. They’re not my kind of thing, but if you’re cynical enough to pull some shit like that, and it’s that well executed, you probably should make a shedload of money. It at least means the economy is doing well. The late, great Noz might call you the biggest sellout in the history of selling out, or something to that effect, but who gives a shit what he thinks? I’m starting to wonder if he even has a very strong grasp on LCD rap. He claims to like that song B.o.B. did with T.I. (as I’m sure the TIs intended), but I’m at a loss for how B.o.B. is so much better in that context than he is anywhere else. He seems just as lame to me. He’s just wearing a more authentically black outfit in the video.

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  • HNIC

    I roffled at the Sylvester Stallone/Rocky reference. Good one! B.o.B has surprised me. I wasn’t expecting the kid to come out with such good music… the kid actually has talent. Who knew? I guess we’ll see if he has staying power now.

  • Mike Streezy

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    Yeah, I was surprised by the song too. Im not really caught up in the B.o.B frenzy and dont know if I ever will be but the hook was cool as was the concept. Em destroyed it , but I also see the chance of folks like Jay Z and other big name artists doing remixes. Imagine Lupe, Jay, Em and Kanye on that mug. Just sayin….

  • ally1

    Pierzy! Fuck You Bol This a fucking Great song You Hatin You fat Fuck

  • Noob

    B.o.B isn’t ripping off anyone. I personally think B.o.B is a really talented artist.

  • Tiiz

    *dead* at the “Nothin’ On You” video lookin like an Old Navy commercial! B.o.B is incredibly dope tho, you do just continue to sound like a hater.

  • Pierzy

    My girl and her friends like “Airplanes.”

    Just sayin’…

    • sergeant gutta

      so what’s your point?

  • Kev

    I was gonna rip on u and call u gay for liking Airplanes. But u won me over with the description of BoB’s other gay ass video. Dude is a faggot. And anybody who likes him is suspect. At the very least BoB fans have fingered they dookers while they jack off.

  • EReal

    Who is B.o.B.?

  • yoprince

    lol, if drake made that airplanes song, or god forbid, lil wayne, the hate would be deafeningly tremendous… and the song would be better.

    just admit, you’re all giving b.o.b a pass. i’m not sure why exactly. is it b/c he named himself after an outkast song?

    or is it that his struggle to get on as opposed to say, a drake, makes him more endearing?

    • yoprince

      either way, at this rate, soon black men will be enjoying she&him records with wale or somebody on a verse.

  • gaddic

    Cool Bol has changed his mind about B.O.B
    Whatever his music is I can sure as hell say it ain’t rap at ALL!
    something like K-os but not as good
    album ain’t bad just isn’t for hardcore fans of lyricism

  • SosaChi

    Most cats wont like it because it was not intented for them. Women and white folks buy records, niggas just hit the web. I aint neva heard of the white chick but he got Em too. He’s getting urban spins and top 40 spins. You might not like his music but you gotta respect the hustle.


    ya, the song is great both remix and orginal. I’m just happy to read a new blog. b. o. b. joint is just musical not mention for a paticular group. The album is lyrical its just not gritty typical lyrics. This is a complete album and all the songs work together. He does shy away for lyrics a lot for melodies and flow, but its still good. nice write.

  • fastflipper

    And why is that gay Puerto Rican kid who sings the chorus dressed like Sylvester Stallone in Rocky V (when he had to move back to the ghetto)

    wow this quote is so funny…it make me cry for like 5 minutes

    Bol is a genius…still wondering how he find all thoses ideas

    and yeah B.O.B. is hard wack

  • beaver

    haha nice lines bout the commercial haha..

    song is ight..
    overplayed a bit much.. ha


    that song with T.I. Bet I is the shit bol you fudge packing twinkie you hate on everything. i got his cd i must say it was alot more singing then i thought it would be but it’s still a solid debut.

    • Kev

      lmfao u think Bol is gay but u love BoB? u the faggot motherfucker. faggots buying hip hop has ruined the game. when AIDS wipes u dumb faggots all out in 10 years things will be better.

  • EscoHov

    “And why is that gay Puerto Rican kid who sings the chorus dressed like Sylvester Stallone in Rocky V (when he had to move back to the ghetto)?”


  • P. Harris

    I’m not on the B.O.B. bandwagon at all? Like? I’m not seeing what all the hype is about?

  • avenger xl

    B.O.B. is doing what his school does sing with autotune. Everybody is going for the sure thing aka the disposable income still found in the pockets of tweens who have grown up getting their musical tastes from the cheetah girls and fergie from the black eye peas. All the cats screaming for some hip-hop that won’t make you come off as metro listening to it are going to have to look to the under underground because the mainstream sound right now is metro dance party with a hipster asthetic. straight up lyricism is being pushed to the side maybe the poetry snobs will let the real emcees occasionally appear at their speaks.