While Eminem calls Asher Roth “dope” and admits that he “likes” Kid Cudi, he’s showering his praises upon Bobby Ray aka B.o.B.
Em spoke highly of the 20-year-old Atlanta musician, who is signed to T.I.’s Grand Hustle label. “B.o.B. is crazy,” Eminem said on Wednesday’s “106 & Park.” “That dude can rap, he can sing, he makes his own beats, he can play guitar, he can play the keyboard.”
The veteran rapper and newcomer have already hit the studio together. “We actually recently worked together a couple of months ago in Detroit and I was like, ‘Do you dance too? What don’t you do?’ I think he’s like 20 years old and the dude is like crazy talented, especially for his age.”
Bobby Ray calls himself the next “rock star.” He’s inspired by bands including Coldplay, Foo Fighters, and My Chemical Romance. His debut album The Adventures of Bobby Ray is due out later this year. Listen to his reinterpretation of A Tribe Called Quest’s “Bonita Applebum.”
With all the fresh talent, “hip-hop is in a good place right now,” Em added.