Mixtape: Who the F— Is B.o.B.?
411: If you don’t know the answer to the name of this mixtape, you don’t read Mixtape Monday, you didn’t hear
[artist id="1225081"]T.I.’s[/artist] Paper Trail and you haven’t been following what’s hot. Pay attention! To give you a quick update, B.o.B. is signed to Atlantic via Tip’s Grand Hustle imprint and just put out the follow-up to his 2008 mixtape Hi! My Name Is B.o.B .
“When I started in the really, really fresh stages and I would perform, they would be like, ‘Introducing Bob’ or ‘B.O.B.’ It would be a dead silence in the crowd. People’s faces would be like, ‘Who the fu– is B.O.B.?’ ” he says of his beginnings.
B.o.B., whom we just named one of the MCs to watch in 2009 , currently has a video making the rounds for “I’ll Be in the Sky,” and in a couple of weeks will be releasing clips for “Generation Lost” and “I’m That N—a” with T.I. He also appears on upcoming LPs by Willy Northpole, Big Boi and the new “Fight Night Round 4″ video game.
Joints to Check For:
“Generations.” “I feel like it’s the first track I got real on,” B says. “It took a level of vulnerability to get through what I been through. I really feel good about it.”
“On Top of the World.” ” ‘On Top of the World’ is a track that me and my cousin wrote. We wrote that a year ago. We knew it was dope, but we sat on it. T.I. heard it and it ended up being on his album. I was like, ‘I need to do my own version.’ ”
Don’t Sleep: Other Notable Selections This Week
» 40 Glocc – I Am Legend
» DJ 4Sho and Roccett – Best Out the West
» DJ Infamous, Young Dro and Yung L.A. – Black Boy, White Boy
» DJ Scope – Street Certified 44
» DJ 31 Degreez and Nas – El Dorado Black Project
» DJ Lil Bee – 20 Years Later (hosted by Big Daddy Kane)
‘Hood’s Heavy Rotation: Bubbling Below The Radar
» [artist id="7590"]Jamie Foxx[/artist] (featuring [artist id="2108004"]Yung Joc[/artist] and [artist id="1998098"]T-Pain[/artist]) – “Blame it on the Alcohol” remix
» [artist id="1800901"]DJ Khaled[/artist] (featuring [artist id="1269"]Jay-Z[/artist]) – “Go Hard” remix
» [artist id="860639"]50 Cent[/artist] – “I Get It In”
» [artist id="1219435"]Bow Wow[/artist] (featuring [artist id="450135"]Jermaine Dupri[/artist]) – “Rock the Mic”
» [artist id="13432"]Notorious B.I.G.[/artist] – “Microphone Murderer”
» [artist id="1163822"]Jadakiss[/artist] – “Can’t Stop Me”
» [artist id="10489"]R. Kelly [/artist] (featuring [artist id="2034479"]Plies[/artist]) – “Playaz in the Club”
» [artist id="1043"]Busta Rhymes[/artist] (featuring [artist id="1243444"]Young Jeezy[/artist] and Jadakiss) – “Conglomerate”
The Streets Is Talking: News & Notes From The Underground
[artist id="510062"]Lil Wayne[/artist] is giving up being an MC. He said it.
“I ain’t rapping no more,” Weezy declared during a light moment in the studio with [artist id="1796387"]Jim Jones[/artist] recently. “I’m singing … I’m about to get some dance moves. I gonna get [artist id="1961441"]Chris [Brown][/artist] to teach me some sh–.”
Weezy revealed cartwheels as some of choreography.
“Nah,” he said seconds later with a grin. “I’m f—in’ with y’all. I’m keeping it coming,” he said about his rap career.
When you love to make hip-hop as much as the Fireman does, there’s no way you can give up the mic at just 26 years old. It obviously doesn’t mean being afraid to expand, though — the headliner of the current “I Am Music” tour touches on a myriad of genres in his music, so why are people so are surprised when talk of a Wayne rock album came up last week? Didn’t we tell you in October that he was doing some rock music?
“Lil Wayne, don’t bet against him right now!” [artist id="611"]Fat Joe[/artist] told us in late 2008. “Don’t bet against this guy ever right now. He calls me in the middle of the night, ‘Come to the studio.’ I get there, this n—a pressed play, and everything he played was super-duper phenomenal, #1 [smash]. He’s singing, ‘So I went to get her in my spaceship.’ Craziest thing you ever heard in your life. They compared him a lot to Jay-Z, and you could see where he was influenced. But after this next album — I’m not saying he’s the best rapper of all time, [but] you can’t compare him to any rapper in the world, because no rapper has done what he’s about to do. That’s crazy! He’s a rock star, man. Hit mania!”
Wayne himself spoke on it to us during the BET Awards in November. “People see the guitars and they wanna call it rock and roll. I plug up the bass, I plug up the electric, I plug up the acoustic — it’s not really rock and roll, its just great music I’m doing right now.”
Look for more of Wayne and Jim Jones’ studio fun on DJ Scoob Doo’s “Three Amigos” street DVD available through his Web site. …
“Somebody is trying to sabotage sh–,” Bishop Lamont said a few days ago about the leak of the song “Could Have Been You.” The track, which features R. Kelly and 50 Cent (who recorded his vocals for it over two years ago), was being considered for [artist id="1061"]Dr. Dre’s[/artist] Detox.
“I have no idea,” Bishop answered about his thoughts on how the track hit the Net.
Lamont is Aftermath’s new first-round draft pick and his album The Reformation is currently slated to drop right after Detox. The delay on Dre’s LP has caused his project to be put on hold as well.
“[artist id="502642"]Eminem[/artist] is supposed to be finished now. I spoke to Fif, he said he’s almost done — now it’s trying to get Detox straight. Every time records get leaked, it pushes [The Reformation] back,” he said. “Dude is not gonna drop until his sh– is straight. That pushes me back.”
Bishop is about 90 percent done with his album, and he hasn’t ruled out the release of his debut later this year — before Detox, depending on how things go.
“Either way, it’s a win/win,” he noted.
Regardless of the fate of his first official album, Lamont is working with Crooked I and Glasses Malone on a supergroup album titled No Country for Old Men. Within the album’s content, the trio will address behind-the-scenes “hating” by some of the more tenured Cali MCs, namely [artist id="1133"]Snoop Dogg[/artist] and [artist id="9619"]Ice Cube[/artist].
“It’s about setting the record straight on all the politics and hating that goes on over here and in the industry, period. It’s gonna set the new level of where music is supposed to go across the board.
“Ice Cube and Snoop Dogg be hating on us,” he added. “Phony sh– that goes on with these n—as that’s supposed to be legends. We’re gonna put all this sh– out there. They got egos. I grew up with [Snoop] — I love dude, but music and money changes everything. We’re going in. We love you n—as and look up to you n—as, but you n—as ain’t got the same love for us. What we supposed to do? We helped you n—as go gold, go platinum, go worldwide. We were the ones buying them records. We were the ones going to them shows, believing in you.”
Lamont insists that while he has his gripes with Snoop and Cube, it doesn’t mean he’s at odds with other legends on his coast.
“It ain’t an ‘old versus young’ thing, because Battlecat, Warren G, Kurupt, Daz, all these n—as support us. Why doesn’t Snoop support us? Why doesn’t Ice Cube support us? Cypress Hill supports us. Why does Dre stay relevant and he’s been here for 22 years? He stays involved with new n—as. He extends the legacy. You go Xzibit, all these n—as riding with us and you wanna hate?”
Addressing Snoop and Cube won’t be the meat of No Country for Old Men, you can rest assured — Lamont says look for hit records and production from some of the top-notch producers in the game as well as work from new beat miners. The project will be released independently.
“We’re coming for that money. That old mentality of doing business and having n—as ghost-write for you and paying them crumbs and giving n—as bogus deals, all that is getting smashed out.”
Look for the album in May or June. …
This is Biggie Week. The film “Notorious” drops Friday. Don’t disrespect the icon’s memory by seeing the bootleg — go to the box office if you want to see the film. The music industry is already co-signing it. After you read Mixtape Monday, be sure to check out our “Biggie’s Signature Accessories” piece. You get to see the origins of 10 things we have all come to associate with B.I.G.
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