How B.o.B meets Bobby Ray

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In what would become a stroke of serendipity, B.o.B decided to entered an open mic contest and snuck into T.I.’s Club Crucial because he was underage.

“It was my first semester of my senior year of high school,” B.o.B recalls. “One particular night, my whole life changed. That’s when I performed the song ’Cloud Nine’ at TI’s Club Crucial. The right people were in the crowd that night. I met TJ Chatman, who is now my manager. TJ introduced me to Jim Jonsin who helped to open the door for a deal with Atlantic/Grand Hustle. It’s been a Cinderella story ever since.”

After releasing several mixtapes, B.o.B garnered mainstream attention with his debut, The Adventures of Bobby Ray. The album reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts and featured two Grammy-nominated hits, “Nothin’ on You,” and “Airplanes.”

Along with several major endorsement deals in tow, B.o.B had achieved his dream and much more. But every successful story has aspects of difficulties.

A.R. Shaw
A.R. Shaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Shaw's latest book, Trap History, delves into the history and global dominance of Trap music. Follow his journey on TrapHistory.Com, Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.



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