B.o.B. Premiering ‘Vietnam’ Song On Lupe Tour, Talks 'Bobby Ray'

Before his debut album, B.o.B. Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray, hits shelves on April 27, B.o.B. is excited to hit the road with labelmate Lupe Fiasco. Their nationwide tour kicks off this Friday (March 5) in Claremont, California.

The pair first met in the hallway of Atlantic Records in New York City. Given their similar unconventional style, their chemistry in the studio was instant.

“We got in the studio first and then we started doing show dates together and then it kind of evolved into a full out tour,” B.o.B told VIBE last week. “I’m actually excited because I’ve just been performing mixtape songs for the past year. I’m ready to do some new material.”

While video of the Atlanta newcomer performing his album cut, “Yesterday,” has already hit the Web, he also plans on premiering a few other tracks on stage, including “Go Through the Machine” and “Letter From Vietnam,” which is inspired by a true story.

“‘Letter from Vietnam’ is a song that I wrote [when] I was doing some research, digging up old Vietnam War stories. I was reading about Agent Orange and different stories,” said B.o.B. “I came across this note where this guy was trying to write to his girlfriend in the states and he never heard from her. A few months [later], he got the note back from her cousin saying that she got remarried.”

Earlier this month, B.o.B. dropped the DJ Drama- and DJ Sense-hosted mixtape, May 25, the title of which was originally his album’s release date, until the album got pushed up.

Both he and Lupe have recorded songs for each other’s projects—one on Lupe’s upcoming Lasers, as well as the Bobby Ray track, “Past My Shades.”

“It’s basically about [how] you can’t see past my shades, whether it’s shades, like literal, or figurative, like persona, reflection,” said B.o.B. of the song, adding that he and Lupe have a special camaraderie.

“We’re definitely like brothers. We both are basically taking our current positions and trying to catapult to something new. But it’s really outside of the box what we’re trying to catapult into.” he said. “I feel like I’m going in the direction of a more hybrid classical hip-hop rock composition and he’s going more so into a drum and bass type of hip-hop music with Japanese rock.”

Producers on Bobby Ray include Jim Jonsin, Dr. Luke, B.o.B. and his Grand Hustle mentor T.I., who produced “Fifth Dimension.” —Clover Hope

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Little Cheyenne's body temperature rose to a scorching 107 degrees before she died on Sept. 30, 2016. When Baker returned to the vehicle four hours later, Cheyenne was unresponsive. Baker, 29, pled guilty to manslaughter in a reduced plea deal Monday. (March 18) It's unclear if she intentionally left her 3-year-old in the backseat of the car.

“I don’t know what I could ever do to you that could be worse than what you’ve already experienced,” Harrison County Circuit Judge Larry Bourgeois told her. “You will forever be entombed in a prison of your own mind.”

Cheyenne's father says he's still tormented by his daughter's death and often pictures her final moments.

“Every time I close my eyes, I picture her suffering, and then I picture her laying in this coffin,” Ryan Hyer said Monday. “I still see her smiling and laughing in my head, and I would assume that smile and laughter turned to pain and suffering in that instance.”

Baker and her supervisor Clark Ladner were fired days later. While speaking with the Associated Press, he was able to avoid charges after telling authorities he was unaware Baker's daughter was in the car. Judge Bourgeois will consider the prosecution recommendation at Baker's April 1 sentencing.

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Tevin Campbell Lands Guest Role On 'Queen Sugar'

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Since August 2018, DuVernay had plans to construct a persona for Campbell after the "Can We Talk" vocalist received controversial commentary on his importance to R&B. "Rebuking any Tevin Campbell slander from millennials and plotting to write him into an episode of Queen Sugar SOMEHOW," the award-winning director wrote on Twitter. "On general principle."

Campbell's film and television resume date back to his memorable appearances on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Moesha, The Parent 'Hood, voicing Powerline in A Goofy Movie, and now OWN's Queen Sugar.

"This is so exciting for me and I want to thank Ava DuVernay. She's a do-er, she kept her word," Campbell said in a video message on Twitter. "I want to thank the cast and the crew for making me feel like I'm home like I've been here for years."

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