With only a week left before the release of his sophomore album Strange Clouds, B.o.B. made his way to Orlando and the 102 JAMZ studios for a chat with Melony Torres this morning. B.o.B. had plenty to say about the upcoming album release, the role that Morgan Freeman will play on Bombs Away (the CD’s opening track) and the evolution of his collaboration with country sweetheart Taylor Swift on Both of Us.
B.o.B. has been quoted as saying that the release of his first album, The Adventures of Bobby Ray, was like losing his virginity. So will the new album find him exploring new positions? B.o.B. laughingly replied, “After a while you get tired of the same old missionary thing. You want to mix it up a little bit. This album’s more of a 69 type of thing.”
It’s also an album he’s very proud of and which he feels displays his own artistic growth. “There’s just more of me in it, you know. Musically and personally.”
Perhaps one of the biggest surprises when the track listing for the album was released was the inclusion of legendary actor Morgan Freeman (not typically known for his musical pursuits) as a featured artist on the Strange Clouds track Bombs Away. Bobby Ray joked about his appearance, stating, “He spits the hottest16 bar verse on the album.”
Freeman’s role on the track sounds somewhat reminiscent of the role horror movie great Vincent Price played on the the opening of Michael Jackson‘s Thriller. According to B.o.B., “It’s on the intro track for the album. I just felt like he would paint the picture even more vividly of what the song feels like and what it means.”
And how do you go about getting an Academy-Award-winning actor to make a cameo on your CD? “Luckily for us, him and his team were a fan of my work,” B.o.B. said. “We made it happen.”