B.o.B was born on November 15, 1988 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. In December 2008, he appeared on the cover of XXL magazine along with Asher Roth, Charles Hamilton, Kid Cudi, and Wale as „Hip-Hop’s Class of ’09“. In October 2008, B.o.B was featured on the cover of Vibe along with some of these same young musicians and was similarly identified as promising young talent. He has described his influences as „80’s music, rap, techno, rock, funk, even doo-wop…“. B.o.B has also worked with artists such as British rapper Giggs. Along with his solo producing career, B.o.B is part of a production/rap group along with Playboy Tre, TJ Chapman, and B. Rich that go under the name „HamSquad.“ His debut album, B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray, was originally expected to be released on May 25, 2010, but was pushed up to April 27, 2010 due to the commercial success of his song „Nothin‘ on You“. The album was released under T.I.’s record label Grand Hustle and includes features from Lupe Fiasco, T.I., Playboy Tre, Hayley Williams (of Paramore), Rivers Cuomo (of Weezer), Rico Barrino, Janelle Monáe, Bruno Mars, and Eminem. B.o.B first began to gain major recognition in 2007 after the success of his song „Haterz Everywhere“ featuring Wes Fif. A remix featuring Young Dre was featured in the videogame Fight Night Round 4. His first single, „I’ll Be In the Sky“, was released in late 2008. About.com called the song a „smart, funky artrap and a strong prelude to his album“ and included it at #13 on its subjective ranking „Top 100 Rap Songs of 2008″. He was also featured on T.I.’s album, Paper Trail, on „On Top of the World“. Incidentally, another song produced by Bobby Ray called „Generation Lost“ listed alongside the song on the ranking at #32. The music videos for „Haterz Everywhere“, „I’ll Be in the Sky“, „Generation Lost“, „Lonely People“, „Put Me On“, and „No Man’s Land“ can be found on MySpace or YouTube. B.o.B released the video to his hit single „Nothin‘ on You“. He released a remastered version of his song „Bet I“ (originally featured on his May 25th mixtape). The song now includes a verse from T.I. Other than „Nothin‘ on You“, his debut album features three other singles: „Don’t Let Me Fall“ (released April 6, 2010), „Airplanes“ (April 13, 2010) and „Bet I“ (April 20, 2010). „Airplanes“ features vocals from Hayley Williams of Paramore and Eminem, and „Bet I“ features T.I. and Playboy Tre. A video for „Bet I“ has been released on Atlantic Videos on YouTube. The album was released April 27, 2010 and was given generally positive reviews. His album sold 84,000 copies in the first week and debuted of #1 on the Billboard 200. It made B.o.B the 13th male solo artist to have a debut album at #1 on its first week. In July, B.o.B announced he will go on tour, naming it The SHOOTiN for Stars Tour. The dates and times were released on his website on July 13.