B.O.B. Debut Album (Finally) Slated for April

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“I’m gonna win a Grammy,” former Best of What’s Next artist B.o.B. told Paste in August. B.O.B. (nom de guerre of Atlanta hip-hop MC Bobby Ray Simmons) will get his first shot at Grammy glory next month. His debut album will be released by Rebel Rock Entertainment/Grand Hustle/Atlantic in stores and online on April 27.

B.O.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray follows a string of mixtapes and is starting off strong on the back of lead single and Billboard Hot 100’s #16 song “Nothin’ on You.” B.o.B. Presents features Simmons rapping as well as showing off his skills as a multi-instrumentalist; he plays piano, trumpet and French horn on the album. “I just want to show people that there are endless possibilities of what you can do,” B.O.B said in a statement. “You don’t just have to be a rapper, you don’t just have to be a trapper; you can be anything you want to be and whatever you do, just love it and it will show.”

The Grammy may be a ways off yet, but there’s one promise B.O.B. made in August that he’s already making good on. “I’ll definitely be on a tour between this August and next August,” he told us in 2009, and he’s currently on the road as a part of Lupe Fiasco’s Steppin’ Laser Tour. As for his assertion that he feels like he “may end up on a reality show,” well, nothing’s come of it yet, but our money’s on a cameo on The Real Housewives of Atlanta.

20 – Stockton, Calif. @ Bob Hope Theatre

7 – Boston, Mass. @ House of Blues
9 – Atlantic City, N.J. @ House of Blues
10 – New York, N.Y. @ The Fillmore NY at Irving Plaza
11 – New York, N.Y. @ The Fillmore NY at Irving Plaza
13 – Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
14Detroit, Mich. @ Royal Oak Theatre
16 – Milwaukee, Wis. @ Eagles Ballroom
20 – Peoria, Ill. @ Peoria Civic Center Theatre
23 – Charlotte, N.C @ UNC
26 – Houston, Texas @ House of Blues
27 – Dallas, Texas @ House of Blues
29 – Denver, Colo. @ Ogden Theatre

1Las Vegas, Nev. @ House of Blues
2 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ House of Blues
5 – San Francisco, Calif. @ Regency Ballroom
7 – Seattle, Wash. @ Showbox SoDo
8 – Portland, Ore. @ Roseland Theater