In the context of pop rap, few know how to straddle both sides better than Bobby Ray Simmons. As 2010 drew to a close, B.o.B had a #1 hit with “Nothing On You”, a top ten debut with The Adventures Of Bobby Ray and a slew of Grammy nominations to his credit. All well deserved for the Georgia youth who by the way is no older than I am.

With a sophomore release on the horizon, B.o.B essentially pulls out an impressive Rolodex of stars for his latest mixtape, EPIC (Every Play Is Crucial). The time spent crafting songs such as “Epic” with Playboy Tre & Meek Mill is one thing but to have an arsenal of heat with Eminem, Lil Wayne, T.I., Yasiin Bey (Mos Def), Big K.R.I.T., 2 Chainz, Bun B, Trae Tha Truth, Jim Jonsin and more is quite absurd. Even though he has nothing to prove to any of us sonically, Bobby Ray still wants to push the creative envelope. A noble feat for a young artist, especially one with as much newfound clout thanks to his talents as he.

DOWNLOAD: B.o.B – EPIC (Every Play Is Crucial)

01. Epic (f. Playboy Tre Meek Mill) prod. Lil C
02. Wrong (f. Spodee) prod. Ryan Tedder
03. Guest List (f. Roscoe Dash) prod. B.o.B & Kutta
04. What Are We Doing – prod. by B.o.B & Jim Jonsin
05. Perfect Symetry (f. 2 Chainz) prod. by 7 King
06. New York New York – prod. by Mike Caren
07. Boom Bap (f. T.I. & Mos Def)
08. Welcome To The Jungle
09. 5 On The Kush (f. Big Krit & Bun B)
10. How Bout Dat (f. Future & Trae The Truth)
11. Things Get Worse (f. Eminem)
12. Fucked Up (f. Playboy Tre) prod. by Davaughn
13. Strange Clouds (f. Lil Wayne) prod. by Dr. Luke
14. Friday Night Star – prod. by Jim Jonsin
15. High – prod. by The Aristrocrats