I love hip-hop! The first song I memorized was “Fireman” by Lil Wayne. Ever since then…it’s Nicki Minaj, Wiz Khalifa, the Game. When I was in high school, my boyfriend and I would drive around and he’d always point to this neighborhood where [rapper] Young Buck lived. We would drive and look at his cars and be like, “Oh my gawd! Those cars are so cool! I wonder if he’s in there!” - Taylor Swift (Dec/Jan issue of VIBE Magazine)
Why am I just coming across this now? lol
Taylor Swift sitting by Nicki Minaj and JB at AMAs (JB is on other side a couple seats down)
B.o.B Article in NYT, started with the Taylor part for relevance, but posting the full thing just because I’m amazed at this dude’s variety of tastes in music shown in just a portion of an interview. I also heard he wants to do a rock album lol. I’d check it out, “So Hard to Breathe” and “Never let you go” off his new album were pretty good tastes of that alternative style.
[…]I’m a fan of all these genres of music, everything from Mumford & Sons to Beach Boys to doo-wop music to reggae.
NYT: You’ve also collaborated with Taylor Swift. Do you listen to a lot of country?
B.o.B: A little bit here and there. I’m a huge John Mayer fan. He kind of has a country twang to it, that’ll be the cloest to country. I consdier “Who Says” to be kind of country
NYT: What do you listen to at home?
B.o.B: Trey Songz and J. Cole - I check that type of stuff, it’s an islandy type of vibe. I think Gotye is really dope. The music that I enjoy listening to isn’t as intense as my music is.
NYT: Who do you think has a really killer live show?
B.o.B: Oh, Coldplay. I love Coldplay. The lights, and the sound quality. They really play their instruments. Sometimes, during the show, they’ll make a mistake and stop. I think they do it intentionally just to show you they’re really playing it live.
NYT: Did you learn anything from the group?
B.o.B: Yes, I actually learned about how to really connect with the crowd, with the music, and it doesn’t necessarily have to be so much of direct talk. They’re really sensitive to the subtle energy of performing, they taught me a lot about the sonic energy of performing and really tuning is to what you’re doing. The song they did called “Paradise”- I got jealous. I was like, ah, why didn’t I think of that?
NYT: What do you listen to to get amped to go on-stage?
B.o.B: Right now I probably listen to My Chemical Romance. My taste is really broad. I listed to a lot of different hip-hop artists, like Waka (Flocka Flame) stuff, it gets me amped in the same way as a Foo Fighter song will, the Pretenders.
NYT: What did you grow up listening to?
B.o.B: I grew up listening to angry artists, a lot of intense stuff like DMX, Eminem.
NYT: But do you like all this chill muisc now, and you seem like a chill guy.
B.o.B: Sometimes, I can go into beast mode, you don’t want to know that, I can be your best friend or your worst enemy. But most of the time I’m you’re best friend.
NYT: Are there any musical genres you don’t think should be combined?
B.o.B: I don’t think you can mix classical music and reggae. It’s not possible. But some producer in, like, Norway is going to put it together.
Nicki Minaj’s best live moments.
lol oh wow
Looking at BoB’s album on iTunes, lol why is the Nicki Minaj song just as popular as BoU? Nicki completely ruined that song. The collab with Ryan Tedder is nice
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