Frostburg State University’s Department of Student and Community
Involvement will present B.o.B, American rapper, singer-songwriter
and producer, in concert on Saturday, May 5, with the club/rap group
FKI opening at 9 p.m. and B.o.B. beginning at 10 p.m. in the Main
Arena of the FSU Cordts PE Center. Tickets are $10 for FSU
students and $25 for the general public.
B.o.B blends his unique version of hip-hop with pop music and
contemporary R&B. Growing up east of Atlanta, in Decatur, Ga., the
artist born Bobby Ray Simmons was exposed to the best of both
worlds, taking daily bus trips from the “burbs to the hood,” and
splitting his school years between attending magnet schools as well
as the “urban” Columbia High School, alma matter of actor Chris
Tucker. These early adventures through these environments that he
never really fit into forced Bobby Ray to tune his ears to the many
different types of music that were out there.
“Rap wasn’t my first exposure to music, but it definitely had the
first impact on me,” says B.o.B. “I was watching DMX, 2Pac, Biggie
and then Eminem. Growing up, you see them breaking rules and
want to do that. That’s what made me turn from a fan to duplicate it
and make my own.”
Looking at these examples, B.o.B began to cross that fine line
between being bored and being bad while he was in high school.
Finally a family friend, Brian “B-Rich” Richardson stepped in and told
B.o.B that if he improved in school, Richardson would allow him to
record music at his home studio.
B.o.B began experimenting with his new love for rap, and even
became a member of a rap group called Da Clinic. But he almost got
to the point of quitting the music business and just working at the
mall near where he lived. Now his manager, B-Rich convinced B.o.B
to stick to it and in a short while he would have a record deal.
Starting his career as a rapper at age 17, B.o.B performed a
showcase at T.I.’s Club Crucial in spring 2006. In 2007 he released
his debut single “Haterz Everywhere,” immediately making him a
name and face to remember. Even after his career came to a high
point, B.o.B. expanded even more by tuning the world into the pop
side of his musical talents, showcasing his keyboard, guitar and
After his roller coaster of a journey through life and music, B.o.B
has more than succeeded in the world of music. For more
information about B.o.B, visit his website at http://www.bobatl.com.
The club/rap group FKI is in a category all on its own. They sing
about whatever they want to and don’t care what people think. “We
are just two black kids who like to make crazy music,” say FKI
members, 1st Down and Raye Rich.
Tickets are available at the Lane University Center Box Office,
open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information,
contact the Box Office at 301-687-3137.
Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State
University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of
Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university
and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western
Maryland. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu or
FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and
activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request
accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-
4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.