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Bobby Ray Simmons (Born on November 15, 1988 in North Carolina)

All City Chess Club:
Lupe Fiasco (Born Wasalu Muhammad Jaco February 17, 1982 in Chicago, IL)
Asher Roth (Born Asher Paul Roth, August 11, 1985 in Morrisville, PA)
B.o.B. (Born Bobby Ray Simmons, November 15, 1988 in North Carolina)
The Cool Kids
~Chuck Inglish (Born Evan Ingersoll in Mount Clemens, MI)
~Mikey Rocks (A.K.A. Sir Michael Rocks) (Born Antoine Reed in Matteson, IL)
Charles Hamilton (Born Charles Eddie Lee Hamilton, November 10, 1987 in Cleveland, OH)
Blu (Born Johnson Barnes, April 15, 1983 in Inglewood, CA)
Diggy Simmons (Born Daniel Dwayne Simmons III, March 21, 1995 in Queens, NY)
Wale (Born Olubowale Victor Akintimehin, November 21, 1984 in Washington, D.C.)
J. Cole (Formerly: Therapist) (Born Jermaine Cole, January 28, 1985 in Fayetteville, NC)

See Also: Asher Roth, Lupe Fiasco, The Cool Kids, Charles Hamilton, Wale & J. Cole

B.o.B. - The Adventures Of Bobby Ray
B.o.B. - Strange Clouds

B.o.B. - Cloud 9
B.o.B. - Hi! My Name Is B.o.B.
B.o.B. - B.o.B. Vs. Bobby Ray
B.o.B. & Wale - Leaders Of Tha New Kool Pt. 1
B.o.B. - E.P.I.C.: Every Play Is Crucial

B.o.B. - Cloud 9 (Single)
B.o.B. - Play The Guitar (Single)

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Bio From AllMusic.Com
Of all the rap artists who emerged from Atlanta during the late 2000s, B.o.B -- who was only 17 when he signed his first major-label record deal -- was one of the most unique. His borderline eccentricity and artistic mind, belied by his music's conventional Dirty South appeal, raised his stock above the many copycat Southern up-and-comers and, of course, welcomed comparisons to OutKast and, specifically, their offbeat half, André 3000. B.o.B also chose his partners wisely, scoring a handful of Top 40 singles during 2010 by collaborating with vocalists like Rivers Cuomo, Hayley Williams, and Bruno Mars.

Although he grew up on the east side of Atlanta in Decatur, Bobby Ray Simmons was born in North Carolina on November 15, 1988. Creating music became an early hobby for the young talent, who played trumpet and other instruments throughout grade school. By the time he was in high school, he already had management and had formed a production duo called the Klinic. At age 15, he even successfully sold a beat of his own to Slip-N-Slide recording artist Citty. When his partner left for college, however, B.o.B. decided to take the solo artist path and subsequently recorded the hazy, spoken word-like ode to marijuana, "Cloud 9."

In 2006, B.o.B.'s manager helped sneak him into Club Crucial (owned by Atlanta rap star T.I.), since he was underage, and the teenaged MC wowed the audience with his self-produced ode. A part of that impressed crowd, producer and industry veteran TJ Chapman agreed to co-manage B.o.B., which only a month later led to B.o.B.'s signing with Atlantic and subsidiary imprint Rebel Rock, run by Florida producer Jim Jonsin (Lil' Wayne, Trick Daddy, Jamie Foxx). His first single for Atlantic, Haterz Everywhere (2007), showed lots of promise, reaching the Top Five of Billboard's Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop singles chart. Before long, several outlets and publications, including XXL, Spin, as well as MTV, took notice of the Atlanta rapper, running "Artist to Watch" features and tagging him as the next Atlanta rap artist to blow up nationally. B.o.B.'s second single, "Grip Your Body," guested by British soul siren Amy Winehouse, also fared well.

B.o.B's official breakthrough came in 2010, though, when he topped the charts with "Nothin' on You" and reached number two with “Airplanes,” the latter song featuring special guest vocals from Paramore's Hayley Williams. Both songs appeared on his full-length debut, The Adventures Of Bobby Ray, which was released later that year and quickly went gold. Originally planned as a mixtape, his sophomore effort, Strange Clouds, followed in 2012 with Lil' Wayne, Taylor Swift, and Nicki Minaj all included on the album's guest list. - Cyril Cordor

Official Sites: B.o.B., MySpace, Facebook, YouTube & Fuckin' Twitter


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