B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Excellent rap debut; edited version is OK for teens.
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age 12+
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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Though B.o.B covers some serious topics, like wondering if the price of fame is worth it, this record doesn't have an overwhelmingly negative tone and includes some especially positive messages about love. For example, in the song "Lovelier than You," B.o.B sings about "If I could rewind mostly hands of time / Still I would never find a lovelier design than you."

Positive Role Models & Representations

Nineteen-year-old B.o.B has been keeping it clean and working hard to become a rapper since age fourteen. 

Violence
Sex

The occasionally graphic sexual description, such as: "So leap on my body, and as we come you'll probably feel moist like the trees on the tropics."

Language

Some f-bombs peppered throughout the explicit version.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that although the CD contains some adult content -- including the occasional f-bomb and sexual description -- it's much cleaner than the average rap or hip-hop album. Parents shouldn't hesitate to get the album for their teens, especially if it's the edited version. 

User Reviews

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Parent of a 11 and 13 year old Written bySokrr December 2, 2010

Review of the edited version(s)

Clever clean raps; now I remember why I used to like rapping. Then 50 Cent, Kanye, Eminem, Jay-Z, and all those other "gangsta" rappers showed up. B.O... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byzacharysm148 June 9, 2011

Incredible rap debut, may want to get the clean version....

Wonderful debut album by B.o.B. The rap is very clever and the music is amazing. B.o.B. does a good job of featuring artists and mixing musical genres so that y... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old February 19, 2011

perfect for tweens

i love nothin on u magic and airplanes GET NON EXPLICT though

What's the story?

On his first full-length, major-label CD, B.O.B PRESENTS: THE ADVENTURES OF BOBBY RAY, Atlanta native Bobby Ray Simmons (a.k.a. B.o.B) gets help from an impressive roster of guest artists: Hayley Williams of Paramore, Lupe Fiasco, Bruno Mars, Rivers Cuomo of Weezer, T.I., and more. These musicians help B.o.B to explore many of the same topics covered by his contemporaries, including the ups and downs of newfound fame, artistic dominance over the competition, and young love. However, this young artist does it a little bit cleaner than his peers, including less profanity and references to violence, sexual situations, and substances than the average rapper. While there's still an explicit version of this album, it's a lot less offensive than many others out there, and the clean version is definitely OK for kids.

Is it any good?

Not only is this record different in terms of its cleaner-than-average content, but its uniqueness also comes through in its sound. From the pop-punk influences of Hayley Williams to the super-smooth vocals of Bruno Mars to the alt-rock overtones of Rivers Cuomo, B.o.B truly pushes the boundaries in each tune, making you eager to hear what's coming next. B.o.B mixes it up himself as well: by both singing and rapping, he lends even more interest to every track. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how a young newcomer like B.o.B can cut an album that's so much more creative than records by older artists who've been around for years. What qualities does a musical artist have to have in order to make an album that's truly special?

  • What lessons about making an exceptional record can other artists take from B.o.B?

Music details

  • Artist: B.o.B.
  • Release date: May 1, 2010
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Genre: Hip-hop
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes

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