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B.o.B. Didn’t Think He Could Overthrow Rihanna on the Charts

Former XXL Freshman alum B.o.B. is making big moves lately. The Atlanta MC snatched up the No. 1 position on The Billboard Hot 100 singles charts this morning (April 22) with his hit collaboration with Bruno Mars, “Nothin’ on You.” caught up the Grand Hustle artist during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival last weekend—where he performed alongside Jay-Z, Wale and De La Soul—to find out his reaction to the track’s popularity.

At the time “Nothin’ on You” was No. 2 on the charts behind Rihanna’s “Rude Boy,” and Bobby Ray wasn’t exactly confident that he’d be able to overthrow the pop star. When asked if the song would be able to make it to No. 1, he said, “I dunno, because I have been hanging up there for a minute and she’s been hanging up there for a minute. So, it’s kinda like, whatchu gonna do? Fuck it. [It’s a] draw.”

During the interview B.o.B. said he didn’t care if he got the No. 1 spot. “It doesn’t matter at this point,” he explained. “It’s all to-ma-toes, to-mah-toes, No. 1 and No. 2—it’s like, ‘What do you see, the sun or the moon?’ They’re both there. Even though the sun is a little bigger, you see both of them.”

Well, looks like the moon eclipsed the sun earlier today. “Nothin’ on You” is the lead single from Bob’s major label debut The Adventures of Bobby Ray. The disc, which features cameos from Eminem, T.I. and Lupe Fiasco, hits stores on Tuesday (April 27). —Elan Mancini with reporting by Devin Chanda

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