I’ve been following Decatur, GA’s Bobby Ray (formerly known as b.o.b.) for more than a minute. “Haterz Everywhere” caught my attention early, but he has had numerous underground hits since then (see “I’ll Be In The Sky” and “Lonely People”). Bobby Ray has been signed to T.I.’s Grand Hustle records, but typical major label politics (via Atlantic) had his debut album delayed to what seemed indefinitely.
Shake over at 2dopeboyz has been one of Bobby Ray’s biggest supporters and got pretty fed up with Atlantic Records’ business (Aside from T.I., what hip-hop artists have they really been able to push?). Last month, he put together a free mixtape of Bobby Ray’s leaked tracks that would have made a pretty amazing debut entitled, Should Have Been The First Album. It must have worked because Shake claims the official album will drop in April 2010 and a new single is coming to radio soon.
Bobby Ray aka b.o.b. – The Features mixtape (via 2dopeboyz)
Go see Bobby Ray at these upcoming tour dates:
Nov 19 2009 8:00P Lafayette College Easton, Pennsylvania
Nov 20 2009 8:00P University of South Florida Tampa, Florida
Nov 24 2009 8:00P S.O.Bs NYC (Hot 97 whos next) New York, New York
Nov 27 2009 8:00P Carleton University Ontario, Ontario
Dec 4 2009 8:00P Spring 4th Center Atlanta, Georgia
Dec 17 2009 8:00P Smiths Olde Bar Atlanta, Georgia