Monday, April 12, 2010

B.o.B.-Don't Let Me Fall

Well god dern BoB. Since the last time the young Bobby Ray hit these pages, I think it's safe to say that he's certified blown up. His hit single, "Nothin' On You" (with its accompanying impossible game) hit platinum last week, a helluva feat for a 21 year old artist whose album hasn't even come out yet. It would be easy for BoB to put out an album with thirteen Nothin' On You clones and call it a day, but BoB is not that artist. As he demonstrated during the March 5th concert, BoB is not just a hit single, but is an artist with boundless talent who wants to use his music to push rap while expressing himself to the world.

Today's jamandahalf is the first song off of his debut album, "BoB Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray" and is both his introduction to the world, and a plea to ____ (a girl? his fans? his family) to not let him fall. The song starts off with an uptempo piano loop, eventually accompanied by the beat, and then finally by roaring guitar riffs. The jam acts as a showcase for BoB's talents: an effortless flow that switches from one verse to another, his singing skills on the hooks, dope word play with a heavy streak of honesty (mixing swagger with a hint of vulnerability), and a catchiness that never feels forced. These combine to make a heavier song than his first hit, but one that just feels just as good singing at the top of your lungs rolling down the highway. On the first song of his debut album, BoB also revels in his command of seamlessly combining rock and rap, as only someone who plays multiple instruments can (BoB plays the trumpet, guitar, piano, french horn). It's a bold, dope, follow up to "Nothin on You," and a sign that there are nothing but great things coming from the kid from Decatur, GA.

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