By Rob Markman
B.o.B. has been compared to Andre 3000 since he began releasing mixtapes and now the two eclectic Atlanta rappers have finally teamed up for a new single. Andre joins Bobby Ray on his latest release “Play The Guitar,” which will appear on his upcoming sophomore album Strange Clouds. Beginning with a bluesy guitar riff, samples based on Bob Marley’s 1973 classic “I Shot the Sheriff” and T.I.’s verse on Drake’s “Fancy,” the Salaam Remi-produced track finds B.o.B and Three Stacks flexing their rap muscles.
The song’s hook is built around scratched-in T.I. vocals. “B.o.B plays the guitar” is brought in and out to set up Bob’s opening verse. “Well it’s B.o.B, flyer than a stewardess/ Fresh to death like I’m dressed for a eulogy,” he raps for starters. The “Nothin’ on You” MC then continues to showcase his tightly packed rap flow, reminding fans of his lyrical prowess.
(B.o.B. on ’Strange Clouds’)
Rhyming alongside the highly regarded OutKast great had to provide some sort of inspiration for the youngster, and 3000 didn’t disappoint. At the top of his verse, Dre begins spitting about standing atop a Church’s Chicken restaurant playing a guitar, while B.o.B stands on the roof of an adjacent Dunkin’ Donuts. Yes, it is a strange way to set off a rap verse, but it’s fitting for an MC who prides himself on individuality.
Andre continues his free-wheeling rhyme, spitting about everything from the advice his grandmother has given him to an Internet rumor that he plays the violin. In the end, Three Stacks leaves something for the next generation of musicians, spitting, “I encourage any child to pick up some instrument.”