B.o.B Talks Quarter Life Crisis & 'Underground Luxury' Album
"This album is all about me," he explains. "I executive-produced it, and I think it turned out the way it did because I needed to say the things I'm saying on this album. I needed to tell my story. I needed to let people know who I am and let people know the thoughts that are on my mind. With success sometimes you feel like you're shot out of a cannon and you don't want people to be distracted by the explosion. So I think it's just uncensored. It's unfiltered. It's just about me telling my story."
B.o.B. says he also "let myself have fun" on the eclectic, 15-track set. "If I felt like talking about my past, the I talked about it. If I felt like making a club record, then I made a club record. It's just me doing exactly what I wanted to do. I never had this much fun making an album. It's really kind of empowering."
B.o.B. plans to tour in support of "Underground Luxury," which features guest appearances by Future, Chris Brown, 2 Chainz, Ester Dean, Priscilla Renea, T.I. and others. He's also gearing up for the launch of his own label, which he hasn't named yet.
"It's probably going to come from a lyric off my album," B.o.B. says – although he is starting to recruit artists. And he has other musical projects of his own in motion, including a long-promised rock EP.
"That's definitely coming," B.o.B. promises. "I have a lot of projects that I'm working on. I"m really juggling a lot. I'm having fun in the process because I'm doing things I've never done before. I'm really producing projects that show I'm understanding music better than I ever have. I know I'll get everything done and out, hopefully sooner than later."