B.O.B

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Sevyn Streeter in “B.A.N.S.” video

Sevyn Streeter in “B.A.N.S.” video

Sevyn Streeter and B.o.B have been taking over Instagram on Mondays and Wednesdays for a few months now.

Now they’re taking their Man Crush Monday and Woman Crush Wednesday posts to YouTube.

Streeter tapped her boyfriend for her new song “Should Been There” and uses her social media posts for the lyric video.

The video follows the singer’s social media posts as she breaks up with her ex who isn’t treating her right and gets with Bobby Ray. In between there is a very cute scene of the two rehearsing the song together.

The song itself is one of the weaker offerings lyrically from Streeter, but it’s a great choice if you’re looking for something to listen to when you’re headed out with your friends after a fight with your significant other.

Just don’t watch the lyric video or you’ll be #salty.

This isn’t the first time Streeter and B.o.B have worked together. They remade K.P. and Envyi’s “Shorty Swing My Way” in 2014.

Streeter still hasn’t revealed a release date for her debut album, but she will release a new project, Shoulda Been There Pt. 1, this Friday, July 17.

(In case you missed it, new music is released globally on Fridays now.)

Shoulda Been There Pt. 1 will feature 13 tracks, including the Chris Brown-assisted single “Don’t Kill the Fun.” Continue reading

Capitol

Capitol

Mary Lambert’s “Secrets” may be one of the best anthems of the year. And in 2014, when a new anthemic pop song is released seemingly every day, that’s saying a lot.

The “Same Love” songstress is still providing theme music for the underdogs, this time from her forthcoming debut album Heart on My Sleeve.

“I don’t care if the world knows what my secrets are,” she sings, in a manner not unlike Ingrid Michaelson. The catchy staccato “so what” refrain is echoed by celebratory horns.

The singer has enlisted B.o.B for a rap verse on a new version of the single, but he’s not really needed. Still, Lambert gained notoriety after teaming up with another positive, pop-friendly rapper (Macklemore) so it’s no surprise that she’d tap B.o.B. Afterall, his earlier hits were largely thanks to pop stars Bruno Mars (“Nothin’ On You”) and Hayley Williams (“Airplanes”) of Paramore.

Michaelson’s released an anthem of sorts of her own this year, but Lambert’s single is very reminiscent of her and Sara Bareilles’ early work.

And that’s definitely a compliment. Continue reading

Atlantic

Atlantic

B.o.B and Sevyn Streeter pay homage to the 90s with a remake of K.P. and Envyi’s “Shorty Swing My Way” for the rapper’s forthcoming EP No Genre pt. 2.

They keep much of the song’s lyrics and melody in tact, but B.o.B adds a new storyline during his verses, while Streeter updates the hook (“Shorty swing it my way, what you waiting for baby?”).

It’s a cute rendition, but, honestly, it just makes me want to listen to the original version… Continue reading

Atlantic

Atlantic

B.o.B gives his Underground Luxury single a makeover, taking away the grungy electric guitar line and adding sweeping synths, a new drum pattern and a new singer. Both Priscilla and JoJo have taken on the hook about addiction and now it’s “nEXt” singer Sevyn Streeter’s turn. Unfortunately, none of the singer’s bring anything strikingly different to the powerful track.

Still, I do really like this song, so this just gives me another excuse to give it another listen or two. Continue reading

Instagram

Instagram

B.o.B has been out and about promoting “John Doe” recently. Following an amazing performance with Priscilla on Today last week, footage of the rapper performing the single with Jojo has surfaced.

The duo posted Instagram pictures from their time together last week.

I actually prefer Priscilla on this song. She absolutely kills the hook. Still, it’s always nice to hear from Jojo.

“John Doe” is featured on B.o.B’s Underground Luxury, which is in stores now. Continue reading

Instagram

Instagram

B.o.B stopped by The Today Show with Priscilla yesterday to perform his single “John Doe.” The powerful Underground Luxury track finds the two artists singing about a person who is failing at hiding their struggle with addiction.

Priscilla sounded AMAZING during this performance and Bobby Ray brought along his guitar to keep things interesting.

Even if you don’t like this song you should watch this video because B.o.B is referred to as the “pride of Decatur, Ga.” Continue reading

B.o.B in "John Doe" video

B.o.B in “John Doe” video

B.o.B’s “John Doe” is about a man who is self-medicating to get through life. The video actually follows a “Jane Doe,” though. The story is typical: a young woman moves to Los Angeles in hopes of becoming an actress. Instead, she becomes dependent on drugs, and sleeps with men for money. The K. Asher Levin-directed video is heavy, but it matches Priscilla’s (who has apparently dropped her last name) desperate pleas in the song’s hook.

“John Doe” is featured on B.o.B’s latest album Underground Luxury. Continue reading

Grand Hustle/Atlantic

Grand Hustle/Atlantic

B.o.B will release his third studio album Underground Luxury next week on Dec. 17, but the rapper is allowing fans to stream the entire project until it is officially released starting today. Underground Luxury features previously released tracks “We Still in This B*tch,” “Headband,” “Ready” and “John Doe.” The rapper is known for his versatile style that merges his rhymes with pop and rock beats, but will this album satisfy his diverse fanbase?

Listen to Underground Luxury over at MTV and share your thoughts below!

Grand Hustle/Atlantic

Grand Hustle/Atlantic

When does socially drinking and partaking in drugs become a full-on addiction?

B.o.B tackles this heavy subject with Priscilla Renea in “John Doe,” the latest release from his forthcoming album Underground Luxury. Everybody’s addicted to something. Everybody’s gotta grip on to something,” B.o.B raps before speaking of a “John” who tries his hardest to hide his addiction. Renea’s vocals are strong and powerful as she sings, begging her guy to return to the way he was before he picked up a bottle. With a catchy refrain and production that centers around a catchy piano melody and electric guitar, the song is sure to catch the attention of the rapper’s pop and rock fans.

The “Visualizer” released by the rapper is a semi-lyric video that displays the tragic effects of addiction.

Underground Luxury will be released on Dec. 17. Continue reading

B.O.B in “Headband” video

B.O.B in “Headband” video

B.O.B puts on for his hometown and addresses Kendrick Lamar’s “Control” verse in “How To Rap.” The rapper goes in, but the fact that he wasn’t even included on Lamar’s list takes away from his response. In this case, B.O.B is like the random person on Twitter that jumps into your conversation. Even if they have a good point, you just want them to go away and mind their own business.

The guitar solo at the end was clever, though. Continue reading

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