Celebrity Playlist: B.o.B
B.o.B, the nom de plume for Bobby Ray Simmons, likes to mix it up. He sings, raps and plays guitar. He's a proud Southern rapper, but he likes to get emo, too. He has dazzled and confounded us, and as we've learned during his hitmaking career, confusion can sometimes be a good thing. With B.o.B, we never know what to expect.
On B.o.B's "Underground Luxury Playlist," the Atlanta star taps his own material, but he aims for deep cuts like "The Kids Don't Stand a Chance" instead of big hits like "Nothin' On You." And his selections range from Paramore and Gorillaz to Busta Rhymes and 50 Cent.
"These are tracks that not only I like, but more importantly, this playlist represents what I am all about, as it bridges together all different types of music," says B.o.B. "It includes songs that have influenced me along the way, including old-school artists from my hometown of Atlanta (Outkast, CeeLo Green of Gnarls Barkley), to tracks that helped convert me to a full-fledged rock fan (Green Day), to artists that first inspired me to rap (DMX). Some of these tracks ('Kids' by MGMT) were so influential to me, that I've even covered them live. From Coldplay to Lil Wayne, this represents B.o.B and you can check it out right here on Rhapsody."