With his Trey Songz-assisted single “Not for Long” rising up the charts, B.o.B is readying his fourth album for a spring 2015 release. In between dates on his “No Genre” tour, Rap-Up TV caught up with the Atlanta rapper in L.A. to discuss the follow-up to 2013’s Underground Luxury, which finds him returning to his roots.
“This album will be more like The Adventures of Bobby Ray to me,” he said of his 2010 debut. “But with an edge that The Adventures of Bobby Ray never had.”
The as-yet-untitled project, which he’s been producing himself, will have a rawness like his mixtape material. “When I say edge, I don’t mean like vulgarities like hardcore rap,” said B.o.B. “I just mean the rawness of a lot of my mixtapes and the early stuff when I was doing shit for the hell of it.”
He recently launched his label No Genre (“It quite simply means I can do what the f**k I feel like doing”) and showcased two of his artists, Lin-Z and London Jae, on the viral track “Fleek.”
“Fleek is on point, it’s dope, it’s flawless,” he explained. “You don’t want to be off fleek or no fleek.”
While he wouldn’t confirm it, he said there’s a “strong possibility” of a new collaboration between him and Lil Wayne on Tha Carter V.
However, he is featured on Jodeci’s comeback single “Nobody Wins.” “It is a really jammin’ song,” he said. “It’s a really refreshing sound. It kinda reminds me of like neo-soul meets Goodie Mob meets modern day music.”