Album review and written by Marcin Kuhn
On November 15th, B.o.B.’s anticipated new mixtape dropped. Titled Fuck Em We Ball, it is a collection of tracks that are certified bangers. Building on his previously successful mixtapes and albums, such as last year’s E.P.I.C. and No Genre, B.o.B. continues to spit his raw from-the-streets delivery which has earned him recognition and praise from MTV and BET. Bar after bar he comes hard over beats that are the tightest he has produced yet. Contributions have also been made by Featherstones, Sonny Digital, Mike Will, and others. His Georgia roots show heavily in the Southern-influenced deep bass knocks that hammer on the speakers. However, unlike other artists of the genre, B.o.B. moves beyond expectation and does it well.
On the up-tempo the opening tracks “Campaign” and “Dynomite”, B.o.B throws it down with no remorse. The title track and “Hell of a Night” were born for house parties. “When You Gon’ Let Me” and “Greedy Love” both burn slower than a swisher. Through all these different textures and layers, B.o.B.’s lyrical flow is on point. On “Everythang” he lets us know, “Cocky, something that I just can’t help/’Specially when them 20′s is spinning like windmills/And the ice 32 below minus the wind chill/Filthy, the word that best defines me/I’m just grinding man, y’all never mind me”. On the atmospheric “Be There”, B.o.B. declares, “I don’t wanna waste your time/I just wanna change your life/And if anything goes down, anything goes wrong/I’mma make things right/I’mma make it rock”. B.o.B. also has some heavyweight cameo appearances on Fuck Em We Ball. Among them are Juicy J and TI, who throw down their own brand of fiyah on “Still In This Bitch” and the legendary, recently redubbed Snoop Lion, who comes cool and correct on “So Blowed”. Australia’s Iggy Azalea comes out on top with her down under flow as she vibes with Mac Miller on, “Best Friend”.
“Still In This Bitch” – B.o.B
Overall, if there ever was a mixtape that was an example of trill, this would be it. It is 18 tracks of genre defying music that has something for everyone. B.o.B. infuses his Southern style with different influences to create music that is refreshing in a market that is now saturated with the same tired 808 patterns. The production is tight, the flow is right, and B.o.B.’s Fuck Em We Ball is a must have in your mixtape collection.