Bobby Ray Simmons, Jr. (born November 15, 1988),better known by his stage name B.o.B,
is an American hip hop recording artist, singer-songwriter and record producer
from Decatur, Georgia. In 2006, B.o.B was discovered by Brian Richardson, who
then brought him to TJ Chapman, who then brought him to American record producer
Jim Jonsin. After hearing his music, Jonsin subsequently signed B.o.B to his Rebel
Rock Entertainment imprint. A couple of years later, Jonsin and B.o.B signed a
joint venture with Atlantic and American rapper T.I.'s Grand Hustle Records.
B.o.B quickly rose to fame after his commercial debut single "Nothin' on You",
reached No. 1 in both the United States and the United Kingdom. He would later
release his third single "Airplanes", which also topped several music charts.
The album's fifth single "Magic", became his third top ten hit on the Billboard Hot 100.
B.o.B's debut studio album The Adventures of Bobby Ray, which was preceded by two
extended plays (EPs) and several mixtapes, was released on April 27, 2010.
The album reaching No. 1 on the US Billboard charts and was eventually certified
gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Later that year,
B.o.B was named the ninth "Hottest MC in the Game of 2010" by MTV, on their annual
list.B.o.B released his second studio album Strange Clouds, on May 1, 2012.
Strange Clouds spawned six singles, four of which all charted well internationally.
"Strange Clouds", the album's eponymous lead single, became his fourth top ten hit
on the Billboard Hot 100. The singles "So Good", "Both of Us" and "Out of My Mind",
followed behind, with the former two being certified Platinum by the RIAA.
The album itself debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200.
He is set to release a collaborative album with his Grand Hustle label-boss T.I.
and an EP which will only include rock music, in the near future. B.o.B is currently
working on the Grand Hustle compilation album as well as his third solo album