VIBE catches up with B.o.B. at a press conference for U-Md.'s Art Attack
Alexis Jenkins

B.o.B. Rocks Maryland's Art Attack Event; Talks 'Strange Clouds'

B.o.B. shut the University of Maryland College Park down on May 4th, headlining the school's 29th annual Art Attack concert, just three days after releasing his sophomore album, Strange Clouds.

Hundreds of students gathered up in Byrd Stadium to see the Decatur-bred rapper, who was also joined by The Dean's List and U-Md.'s own Harmonic Blue. He admitted to not knowing what to expect from the crowd in a press conference following the concert, but said their "response to the new music was definitely [satisfying]."

After performing old hits from "Bet I Bust," to new bangers like "So Good," 23-year-old Bobby Ray discussed the state of his fans, the rock he's been incorporating into his music, and the creation of Strange Clouds.

B.o.B. on...

The college crowd:
"I'm with my peers--people in my age group. It's a generational connection. I can't really explain it. I just feel like the college crowd is on the same wave. It's a lot of like-minded people, and college crowds are ready to party!"

His diverse fan-base:
"I feel like there are lot of different types of fans. When I started out, I was doing more urban, "Haterz Everywhere" [types of songs]. And you know, there was some more eclectic stuff like "Cloud 9," "I'll Be in the Sky," but Haterz was my biggest song at the time.Then you'll look at a song like "Magic," which ended up on a Kid's Bop CD. The age difference is tremendous so I really just embrace all of it."

The album title:
"I released a video called "No Where Near Close," and there's a line where I say something about strange clouds. Playboy Tre, who's also featured on the album, he was like, 'Yo man, you need to take that lyric and make a hook.' And so it came up in a hook, which was the beat Dr. Luke produced. From that point I got [Lil Wayne] on it and it just really exploded into the title track for the album, and it actually just inspired the whole album. I felt like it was symbolic to my music because my music is the strange cloud in the sky out the bunch."

Collabs with Morgan Freeman, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj & etc.:
"It was natural. I personally spoke to these people. Some reached out to me. I reached out to some ... It was a mutual respect for the craft and the arts ... Especially Morgan Freeman. Him and his team were fans of my work and first album. I think that helped bridge the gap on this album."

An exclusive rock album:
"I could. I think I may. I know I've talked about doing a rock album, but that's only half of what it's going to be. I can't really talk about the other half."

From the Web

More on Vibe

Getty Images

Vic Mensa Covers' 'Zombie' In Honor Of The Cranberries' Dolores O'Riordan

Vic Mensa and his group 93PUNX covered "Zombie" by Irish rock group The Cranberries, in honor of the one-year anniversary of the passing of the group’s lead singer, Dolores O’Riordan.

93PUNX serves as an opportunity for Mensa to perform music outside of his typical hip-hop lane and explore genres more freely. He posted snippets of the track on his Instagram page with the caption, “RIP DOLORES.” Mensa also revealed in a statement the reason why he covered the hit.

“We connected to ‘Zombie’ because we were born from violence,” he said. Dolores O’Riordan died on Jan. 15, 2018. Toxicology reports state that the 46-year-old died from accidental drowning due to alcohol intoxication.

The artwork for the “Zombie” cover features a woman with dripping, bloody fangs, and was created by artist Lucas David. The cover version itself is slowed down, which provides a more mysterious take on the 1994 protest classic.

Mensa released his recent project HOOLIGANS in December 2018, which traverses various thematic landscapes, from mental health awareness to love lost. The EP features Ty Dolla $ign, G-Herbo, G-Eazy, Charlie Wilson and more.

What do you think about the cover? Listen below and let us know in the comments.


View this post on Instagram


@93PUNX - ZOMBIES 🧟‍♀️ 🧟‍♀️ RIP DOLORES. art by @lucasbavid

A post shared by 💔 (@vicmensa) on Jan 15, 2019 at 2:41pm PST

Continue Reading

City Girls And Cardi B Bask In Their Bootyliciousness For 'Twerk' Video

As it is written, so it must be done, and there's a whole lot of shakin' going on in The City Girls' video, "Twerk."

The video for the Cardi-B-assisted track features some of the finest twerkers the world has to offer, who were encouraged to show off their skills for a contest last year. The winner would receive $50,000. Not only did the winner get "flewed out," the woman with the best skills was highlighted at the end of the visual.

Elsewhere in the video, Yung Miami and Cardi are painted in head-to-toe jungle body paint (Miami as a zebra, and Cardi as a tiger), and are seen on the beach and on a yacht shakin' it with the best of them. They lead the group of dancers through various scenes- all of which do not feature the presence of a man- so they can live their best bootylicious lives in peace and reclaim their sexuality. During JT's verse, the group dances in front of a mural of the incarcerated MC.

The song itself has been streamed over 215 million times, and is featured on the duo's album, Girl Code. The Floridians gained national exposure after being featured on Drake's "In My Feelings," however, hey've proven to be standalone entities in their own right.

READ MORE: City Girls Drop Debut Album 'Girl Code'

Continue Reading

Bad Bunny's "Mia" Causes Mass Parade In Streets Of Puerto Rico On 'Fallon'

Bad Bunny brought the party to The Tonight Show and to the streets of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico on Tuesday (Jan. 15) with Jimmy Fallon.Performing his new single "Mia" with Fallon and The Roots, the four of them walked the streets of Puerto Rico drawing in a large crowd of fans and followers behind them.

Opening on Fallon and The Roots walking through the streets of Puerto Rico, the video shows group as they stumble across the 24-year-old sitting alone. Bad Bunny joins them, taking them on an adventure through the streets. The late night host and his band march alongside the “Solo de Mi" artist with tambourines, timbale sticks and maracas while women and men dressed in streetwear and the best of carnival clothing dance behind Bunny and Fallon as they wave Puerto Rico's national flag. As the crowd of participants grew, the crowd eventually reached parade sized proportions.

This prerecorded segment features the studio version of "Mia" without the Spanish verse delivered by hip-hop's golden boy Drake.  The track aslo comes from the reggaeton singer's debut Long Play record, X100PRE.

Check out the full video of Bad Bunny with the boy from The Tonight Show above.

Continue Reading

Top Stories