B.o.B. and Taylor Swift Team Up


Date: Wednesday, April 11, 2012

B.o.B. teams up with Taylor Swift for an inspirational duet titled “Both of Us,” featured on the southern rhymer’s sophomore album, Strange Clouds, due May 1. The country singer grabs the microphone before B.o.B. serves up his verse, commencing the track with her spirited vocals.

“I wish I was strong enough to lift not one, but both of us,” she sings sweetly over the guitar-laden beat, likely played by Swift herself.

“Ever thought about losing it/ When your money’s all gone and you lose your whip/ You might lose your grip/ When the landlord tell you that your due for rent/ And the grass so green on the other side/ Make a n—- want to run straight through the fence,” B.o.B. raps.

Check the Strange Clouds tracklist below.

1. “Bombs Away,” feat. Morgan Freeman
2. “Ray Bands”
3. “So Hard to Breathe”
4. “Both of Us,” feat. Taylor Swift
5. “Strange Clouds,” feat. Lil Wayne
6. “So Good”
7. “Play for Keeps”
8. “Arena,” feat. Chris Brown and T.I.
9. “Out of My Mind,” feat. Nicki Minaj
10. “Never Let You Go,” feat. Ryan Tedder
11. “Chandelier,” Lauriana Mae
12. “Circles”
13. “Just a Sign,” feat. Playboy Tre
14. “Castles,” feat. Trey Songz
15. “Where Are You (B.o.B vs. Bobby Ray)”

B.o.B. Producers Sued Over “Airplanes”


Date: Sunday – January 29, 2012

A songwriter named Christine Dominquez has filed a lawsuit against producers Kinetics and One Love over the hit single Airplanes, which went on feature southern rapper B.o.B. and Paramore’s Hayley Williams.

In the civil complaint, Dominquez claims that she co-wrote the track with the production duo, whose real names are Jeremy Dussolliet and Tim Sommers, but never received compensation or credit for her work.

She was contacted by the two back in 2008 about writing Airplanes and they even recognized her contributions on a less successful alternate version of the single that was released in 2009, but they didn’t give her any credit for the B.o.B. hit, which was released a year later. A remix version of the track was also released featuring Eminem, she wasn’t credited for that either.

“In a transparent effort to keep all the credit and earnings for themselves despite Dominguez’s substantial contribution to the joint work, defendants omitted her from the listing as the author of Airplanes on the 2012 release and elsewhere,” reads the suit. “Nor have the defendants accounted to Dominguez for revenues derived, either from the 2010 release, or any other source.”

Dominquez is suing for unfair competition and copyright infringement, amongst other charges. B.o.B. is not targeted in the lawsuit.



Tech N9ne Bringing Lil Wayne, B.o.B Into His World


Among his underground following, Tech N9ne can do no wrong. But his fans, appropriately dubbed the Technicians, did get a little uppity when news broke that the Kansas City, Missouri, rap veteran would be collaborating with the likes of Lil Wayne on Tech’s recently released All 6′s and 7′s.

“No, I was not afraid of the backlash because I was getting it when Wayne said he wanted to work with me to [Hot 97 DJ] Funkmaster Flex when he was in Rikers,” Tech N9ne told MTV News during an intimate sit-down at his Strange Music headquarters in Lee Summit, Missouri. “All of my fans, a lot of my fans were like, ‘Oh no, don’t f— with Wayne. No, no, no, he’s mainstream and you’re underground — it don’t mix.’ ”

In October 2010, while still serving his eight-month prison bid for gun possession, Weezy revealed to Flex that he would like to work with Tech. For Tecca Nina, Wayne’s name-drop was an introduction point for new and curious fans, but for his long time die-hards, there was some skepticism.

“Different artists are supposed to hook up and make something beautiful, that’s what makes music wonderful, I think,” Tech said, defending against criticism that he was selling out. “I already knew what I was gonna do. When I get with these [well-known collaborators], the beats gotta say their names.”

The resulting collabo is “F— Food,” a raunchy track that not only features Weezy, but T-Pain on the hook as well. The song’s lyrical depiction of explicit sex acts will make it a hard sell for radio, but then again according to Tech, airplay was never the point of the union. “Everybody else is just going to try to put it on radio and big hit, boom and get their money off these cats. Nah, I just want to do beautiful music,” he said.

The Young Money CEO isn’t the only popular rapper to appear on All 6′s and 7′s, Atlanta’s B.o.B also lends his production and lyrics to the project on “Am I a Psycho?.” The dreary track is a far cry from Bob’s 2010 radio hits “Nuthin’ On You” and “Airplanes.” Tech remembers the feeling he got when he first heard the beat and often reminds fans of B.o.B’s oft-overlooked lyrical prowess.

“I chose it like, ‘Whoa,’ he did the beat and he did the chorus and I said, ‘That’s my world right there,’ and he wrote a verse for it. He’s a lyricist,” he said before citing Bob’s very first single, 2007′s “Haterz Everywhere,” as further proof. “That was thugged-out; that was gutter. I ain’t forgot B.o.B; he supposed to expand. But I know he can go, so we did ‘Am I a Pyscho?’ with Hopsin.”

Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, Twista, Yelawolf, Kendrick Lamar and Stephen Carpenter of the Deftones also appearances on All 6′s and 7′s, but Tech N9ne puts any notions that he’s going mainstream to rest. “I brought people into my world,” he said.

What do you think of Tech N9ne joining forces with Lil Wayne? Tell us in the comments!


BET Awards Nominations Announced


This year’s BET Awards will feature many old faces returning to glory and a plethora of new faces to come onto the scene.

Making a return is Chris Brown, who released his album F.A.M.E. this year. Brown leads the field with 6 nominations including Viewers Choice, Best Collaboration, and Best Actor.

In the category of Viewers Choice and Best Collaboration, Brown’s songs Look At Me Now and Deuces will be going head to head with his ex-girlfriend Rihanna, and her collaboration with Drake on What’s My Name.

Rihanna will also be among heavy competition in the best female R&B category. Other nominees include Beyonce, Jennifer Hudson, Keri Hilson, and Marsha Ambrosius.

Just days after the death of their member M. Bone, Cali Swag District was nominated for Best Group alongside Diddy’s Dirty Money, N.E.R.D., New Boyz, and Travis Porter.

This year’s Best Male Hip-Hop Artist will be an extremely tough category with all of the contenders having an opportunity to take the crown. The nominees are Kanye West, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, B.o.B., and Drake.

The Best New Artist category is also shaping up to be a battle pitting Bruno Mars against the likes of J. Cole, Willow Smith, Miguel, and Wiz Khalifa.

The show airs live on June 26th from the Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium.


B.o.B. Offers Fans A Free Show In Atlanta This Weekend

Posted: Wednesday – July 28, 2010

Atlanta rapper B.oB. Will return to his hometown of Atlanta this weekend to give fans a free performance on July 31st, during a concert sponsored by Myspace “Live” and HP.

The rapper has teamed with Windows 7 and HP’s Summer Music Campaign for the show, which promotes a better listening experience using HP computers’ integrated Beats Audio.

Free tickets for the event, which takes place at Center Stage in Atlanta, became available on July 26th on a first-come, first-serve basis.

B.o.B., 19, will perform tracks off his hit album B.o.B. Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray, which produced two chart-topping singles, “Nothin’ On You” featuring Bruno Mars and “Airplanes” featuring Hayley Williams of Paramore.

For fans who cannot attend the actual show, B.o.B. has teamed with AllHipHop.com and Ustream, to provide a high quality feed of the free concert on July 31st.

“I’m excited for my free show for my hometown of Atlanta,” B.o.B. told AllHipHop.com. “Not only will people be tuning in from MySpace Music but it will be syndicated on AllHipHop via Ustream, the first time this has ever been done before on two massive music sites. MySpace is just huge and I’ve been down with AllHipHop since the Breeding Ground, this is great.

For more information or to attempt to get a free ticket visit: http://www.centerstage-atlanta.com/index.asp?showID=2130.

Entry for the early event begins at 7 p.m. and doors will be closed at capacity. To view the live stream on MySpace, visit http://www.myspace.com/mslive.


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