Kristen Gray

Exclusive: B.o.B Talks Rock EP, Says Grand Hustle Has Started Recording Compilation Album


In between making chart-topping hits and performing across the globe, B.o.B. found time to sit down with Hip Hop Wired to speak on  his upcoming albums, including the Grand Hustle Compilation project.

Bobby Ray was soaking up the Los Angeles sun, in town for all the Grammy festivities  including the “How I Wrote That Song” BMI panel, and played a show at the House of Blues, with Trinidad James.

Just last month, B.o.B confirmed with Whoo Kid that Grand Hustle would be releasing a compilation album. Grand Hustle has already started recording the release, with  Tip  leading the pack, joined by Chip, Trae Tha Truth, D.O.P.E., 3Krazy (Young Dro) and Iggy Azalea. “We’re recording here now,” he tells us. “We’ve been playing with a couple ideas,  just having fun in an infamous fashion. Just allowing the music to come.”

The Atlanta rapper shared that while he’s here playing his team position with the Grand Hustle camp, he is also still working on his Rock Ep and third studio album, a follow-up to his 2012 release Strange Clouds. “My rock music comes from such an effortless place, I really don’t want to ‘try’ to do anything. Every song that I’ve written so far comes from a place where I just want to write. It’s a little different from my regular recording process.

“My top priority is recording my third album and the Grand Hustle compilation. I plan for everything to be ready this year. If it’s not, that means its just going to be even better. I feel like I’m in a really good zone.”

Just ahead of yesterday’s Grammy Awards, he refused to choose who was more deserving of the Best Rap Album trophy. Drake won the category for Take Care, but according to B.O.B., he’s a fan of all the nominees. “It’s really hard to say [who should win] because I enjoyed a lot of those albums. As an artist when you but a lot into a record and its you, I think that’s a beautiful thing. To say who is the ‘best’ I really can’t tell you. They all are the best.”

Be sure to look out for B.o.B’s upcoming work, and don’t sleep because Grand Hustle’s takeover might just be up next.

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