By Nadeska Alexis
Lil Wayne joins B.o.B. in the Motion Family-directed video for "Strange Clouds," the title track from Bobby Ray's upcoming sophomore album. Watch them frolick in green fields, while T.I. drops in for a few appearances and everyone tries to figure out what's happening with those strange clouds up above.
MTV News recently caught up with the Grand Hustle rapper, who explained what fans can expect on his sophomore album, due in 2012. "Strange Clouds as well as the mixtape [E.P.I.C], I feel really like everything is refined — the lyrics, the beats, the production, the hook, the vocal performance. I really put a lot of creative energy and time into developing the songs and the music. You know, after experiencing what it's like to put out an album, and tour it — I learned a lot from that and that helped a lot in this process of making this Strange Clouds album."
One thing he hopes to do on Strange Clouds was to inject the hip-hop elements of his mixtapes into the album. One track on E.P.I.C. that is a reflection of B.o.B's boom, bap, boom, boom, bap roots is aptly named "Boom Bap," featuring T.I. and Yasiin Bey.
B.o.B said he talked to T.I. about doing a straight lyrical showcase, no hook, like a cypher . B.o.B didn't want to go too far left, either. He said he was well aware of his different fanbases and he hoped to marry them.
"There are people who are fans of the mixtape stuff, people who are fans of just, you know, me playing the guitar, rocking out, fans of me singing, rapping, and fans of 'Nothin' on You' and 'Airplanes' who just know The Adventures of Bobby Ray material," Bobby Ray said. "But this next album is like a culmination of everything combined and I feel like that's really why I'm so excited about it and eager to put it out because I'm just ready to get back on the court with it."