Friday, September 17, 2010
Rapper B.o.B Covers Rolling Out.com Mag...
Our Boy B.o.B covers Rollingout.com Mag and in a very candid interview, the artist takes you inside the mind Of Bobby Ray...Check out some of the interview..
When you pictured your career, is this what you envisioned?
I always envisioned the music reaching as many people as possible. And I think that out of all the things that I intended on doing, I think that that’s one of the main visions that I can see taking shape. Just from traveling and seeing different places and different countries within the past few months, it’s just amazing how many people the music has reached — and that’s from me never going to a country, never doing an interview or anything. And then going to that country and seeing how people react to the music … I think that’s one of the most amazing parts.
Describe your impression of celebrity status, and how it’s changed your life.
As your celebrity status changes, or becomes more relevant to your lifestyle, it’s something that you really just adjust to naturally. You have to roll with the punches. It’s really like an ongoing improv, and it’s really what you make it. The level of fame doesn’t necessarily matter, as much as what you make of it — whether you’re famous in your state, your high school, your country, your galaxy, or wherever … it’s all about what you make it. So it’s fun when I make it fun.
What types of music inspire you?
The type of music that inspires me is music where I can tell that the person [who] was making the music was really adamant and passionate about what they were saying — like for example, Waka Flocka Flame’s ‘Hard in the Paint.’ I like to see the passion … I like to see the sincerity. Even though I have a real eclectic taste, I just like the passion. I guess I’m like an emo artist, so it’s all about the passion.
Speaking of emo artists, talk about artists like you and Wale, and how hip-hop is featuring more artists that are about the music and good lyrics.
There’s like a movement now, and I guess it has an emo element to it, because I feel like the hip-hop community has taken a strong liking to rock music. And it’s not just the rock electric head-banging music; it’s the sincere emo music. And I think that’s incorporated into the newer hip-hop movement because of the fact that it’s sincere. I think that a lot of the artists coming up now have a real goal and a real passion to be sincere and to speak out. It’s a real revolution going on, but it’s not like protesting in the streets. The revolution is now on wax, and I think that the youth have realized how influential hip-hop can be. So it’s like a tool or a weapon that can be used, and whose effect can be measured.