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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the Atlanta, Georgia, native features guest appearances from such artists as Lupe Fiasco, T.I., Weezer's Rivers Cuomo, Paramore's Hayley Williams, and Eminem.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Guest appearances on any type of album usually generates some negativity but the ones on Adventures really shine and freshen it up a bit.
  2. 80
    While Adventures of Bobby Ray is B.o.B’s story, the feeling he conjures makes it easy to relate. It’s safe to say this genre-blending debut is a step in the right direction for the young rap star.
  3. The opening track, "Don't Let Me Fall," showcases the rapper's smoothed-voice singing talent and vulnerability ("They say what goes up must come down/But don't let me fall") over a booming guitar, while "Magic" (featuring Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo) takes a more pop-driven direction.
  4. This is a musician with creativity on tap and enough of it to burn through a little filler here while ensuring the prime cuts emerge perfectly.
  5. There are many quirks with this album, but realise that it doesn't feel like a debut from a fully-formed artist, rather someone that intermittently flickers with potential and then dials it down to play it safe for the radio.
  6. Atlanta MC Bobby Ray's debut album can be filed next to those by Wale and Kid Cudi: He's a left-of-center rap hero whose skills lag somewhere several miles south of his hipster bona fides.
  7. As far as products go, B.o.B. is, at the very least, highly marketable, if not terribly satisfying. The Adventures of Bobby Ray, like bubblegum, loses its flavor after about 15 minutes.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. Dec 14, 2010
    10
    In many ways, the songs "Nothin' on You", "Airplanes" and "Airplanes, Part II" are the highlights of the album. However, the album is one of the greatest of 2010. Expand
  2. May 25, 2014
    10
    Not a single song goes towards the generic modern hip-hop. Bobby Ray sneaks in some meaningful songs with some boastful ones which makes for one of the better rap albums in the last 15 years Expand
  3. Mar 20, 2011
    9
    This album is fantastic. My favourite songs would have to be Don't Let Me Fall & Airplanes Part II. Seriously, if you love rap or even pop, this is the album for you. Expand
  4. Aug 23, 2010
    7
    B.O.B is a newcomer from Atlanta, his debut album â
  5. Mar 29, 2011
    7
    i only really liked 4 songs on this album, the others were either decent or i just couldnt get into them, but for the ones i did like they are still being banged in my car. BET I BUST and AIRPLANES pt.2 Expand
  6. Jul 17, 2014
    6
    The album is largely mediocre. Honestly, I feel guilty for giving this even a 6 because the entire album is so pathetically obviously constructed to get crossover radio play. B.o.B, however, simply does a solid job and is just socially conscious enough and just technically proficient enough to make this album a fair success. Throughout the album, B.o.B resembles a Kanye West-André 3000 combination minus, of course, most of the talent those two legends possess. ~ 6.0/10
    * with iTunes store deluxe edition bonus tracks ~ 5.9/10
    Best track: "Airplanes, Part II": This is the best track by far on the album mostly because of Eminem's verse (okay, only because of Eminem's verse), and one of only four I'd consider good songs.
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  7. Feb 26, 2012
    3
    I have no words to describe the pain that my ears endured listening to this album. The worst rap I've ever heard for years, B.o.B is terrifying in the singing, not to mention the bases: we seem to hear the worst species as pop music. The more commercial rap album of all time, just to name a few producers like Dr. Luke, The Smeezingtons, Jim Jonsin and the same B.o.B. The track who must be saved is obviously Airplanes produced by Alex Da Kid, the rest is a horrible and mediocre pop-rap album. Expand

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