Who pissed off Bobby Ray? Right after his five Grammy nominations, B.o.B takes to his roots and sounds like a reinvigorated version of his old self that tore up mixtapes years ago with a flow that fumes with vicious chip-on-the-shoulder hunger. No Genre introduces us to another side of MTV’s golden boy, the unapologetic and explicit threat. So those of you who merrily played the mostly-clean Adventures of Bobby Ray in your PT Cruisers with the little ones in the backseat, this ain’t that.
The mixtape opens up with the monstrous “Beast Mode” and Bobby continues the trend of rapid-fire lyrical complexities with “So So” and “How U Do That” before slowing the story down to explore his own emotional range. Listening to No Genre may add fuel to the argument that you should judge the artist by the mixtape, not the album. A plethora of producers – including Kutta and Bobby himself – take the tape all over the place, making the whole project feel like we shouldn’t be getting it for free. Hell, we even get the Quincy Jones and Lupe Fiasco cuts.
Coinciding with the mixtape drop, we get a video that’ll be the talk of the week, at the very least. Apparently Bobby’s sick of hearing about the “It’s a Damn Shame” vid and all it’s copycat Freemason/Illuminati/Hip Hop connectors. I’m sure we all have a few paranoid pals who could benefit from watching “The Watchers.”
Tracklist, video, stream and download link are all below.
1. “Beast Mode” (Prod. by Infinity)
2. “So So” (Prod. by Jim Jonsin)
3. “How U Do That” (Prod. by Kutta)
4. Feet Don’t Fail Me Now Feat. T.I. & Spodee (Prod. by Kutta)
5. “Higher” Feat. Playboy Tre Prince CyHi & Bun B (Prod. by Polow da Don)
6. “Shoot Up The Station” (Prod. by Kutta)
7. “Not Lost” Feat. T.I. (Prod. by JR Rotem)
8. “Cold As Ice” (Prod. by Mike Caren & B.o.B)
9. “The Watchers (Prod. by B.o.B)
10. “Batman Flow” Feat. Donnis (Prod. by Dr. Luke)
11. “American Dreamin” (Prod. by Mike Caren & B.o.B)
12. “Grand Hustle Kings” Feat. Young Dro & T.I. (Prod. by Quincy Jones)
13. “Dr. Aden” (Prod. by Jack Splash)
14. Attraction – (Prod. by B.o.B)
15. “Game Time” (Prod by J. Lack)
16. “I’m Beaming” Remix (All City Chess Club)
Download — B.o.B – No Genre Mixtape