B.o.B. is only 26 years old, but it already seems as though he’s been around forever.
He was 18 when he first gained fame from his underground single “Haterz Everwhere,” which became the surprise hip-hop hit of 2007. After a series of popular mix tapes, he was featured alongside Wale and Kid Cudi on the cover of XXL as part of the magazine’s “Hip-Hop’s Class of ’09” issue.
He’s only gotten bigger since then. Last year, he released his fourth studio album, an ambitious project called “Psykadelik Thoughtz.”
B.o.B. has occasionally trotted out a character called Bobby Ray, as in a mixtape called B.o.B. vs. Bobby Ray. (His real name in Bobby Ray Simmons Jr.). He has said that “Psykadelik Thoughtz” is both a return to the Bobby Ray character and a step toward his ambitions for the future.
He’s still touring in support of that album, and he’s bringing the tour to the State Theatre in St. Petersburg on Friday.
The tour features a couple of B.o.B.’s labelmates on No Genre, Scotty ATL and London Jae.