Discover B.o.B.

All the way up to August 6-8, we will be featuring reviews and previews for artists playing Lollapalooza 2010. Not only that, we’ve enlisted Lolla-loving blogs, many which you guys picked out yourself, to help us out. Today’s feature on B.o.B. comes from About Last Night. Enjoy! A half hour after performing at the Allstate Arena on Friday, rapper-singer B.o.B. sat in his dressing room with his sunglasses still on and a vodka drink at his side wondering why he had the “Alvin and the Chipmunks” soundtrack on his laptop. “I don’t even remember buying it,” said B.o.B., 21, laughing. “I think somebody (else) may have bought it.” Figuring I’d want to hear it for some reason, B.o.B. played the intro for “Ain’t No Party” on his laptop, which included the lyric “We got that hot one from The Chipmunks,” and rapped along to the following lyric, “Ain’t no party like a Chipmunk party.” The show-and-tell portion of the interview didn’t end there. B.o.B., real name Bobby Ray Simmons, played a rough edit of his upcoming “Airplanes” music video on his laptop immediately afterward. He bobbed his head as he watched the video and seemed most excited when Paramore lead singer Hayley Williams, sporting two buns in her hair, first appeared on screen. “We haven’t even met,” he said of Williams, who recorded her part of the song and video separately. “(But) we’ve talked.” “Airplanes” helped make B.o.B.’s “The Adventures of Bobby Ray” the No. 1 album on the Billboard chart earlier this month. The song is currently No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 while his other hit, “Nothin’ on You,” is No. 4. “This music came from the hood,” B.o.B. said. “I didn’t really see many white people in Decatur (Georgia). I went to school on the other side of town… It’s crazy how this music has hit kids and Moms.” The music also seems to have hit rock fans. B.o.B. performed at the Coachella festival last month (he broke out his guitar for a few songs) and will take the stage at Lollapalooza in August. While he’s honored to be one of three hip-hops acts selected to play Lollapalooza, he hasn’t let it get to his head. “The diverse sound of my music makes it a good fit for that demographic,” said B.o.B., whose album features cameos by Eminem, Lupe Fiasco and Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo. “But they do have me performing at 11:30 a.m., so…” Written by Luis Arroyave

FEEDBACK?