Grand Hustle/Atlantic Records rapper and singer-songwriter Bobby Ray “B.o.B” Simmons had a breakout year in 2010 with his debut album B.o.B Presents: The Adventures Of Bobby Ray, catapulting him to international star status. Now, B.o.B is gearing up for his sophomore effort, Strange Clouds, set for a May release. Apparently on some “clouds” during an interview with GQ, Bobby Ray talked briefly about his philosophical approach and a beef with a group of rowdy West Coast kids.
Seizing the moment to get B.o.B in a rambling state, GQ presented the rapper with a chance to wax poetic on how he thinks. “I’ve got a transcendental way of thinking about things. I’ve got a galactic self. John F. Kennedy said,'”A man may die, but an idea lives forever.’ Or something like that,” said B.o.B, clearly feeling the effects of recreational activity.
When pressed about his quasi-beef with Odd Future honcho Tyler, The Creator (who almost caught the fade at a Gucci Mane show), B.o.B shrugged off the instance as benign at best. “I feel like their music [Odd Future] speaks to the generation I was a part of when I was in middle school—when I was really angry. Tyler probably didn’t know who I was before “Airplanes,” said B.o.B of the feud. “The whole beef thing is kinda lame. It’s like, “Fawk this, Fawk that!” I’m not gonna walk around the earth mad at some random person. It’s pointless.”
GQ asked B.o.B about his “dolphin” line pointed at Tyler, offering an answer that meandered just a bit. “I have the opportunity to voice my opinion freely without the consequences you may face in another country, like getting burned at the stake. We definitely privileged over here.”
Makes sense to us. Kind of.
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