Atlanta rapper B.o.B. sat down with MTV for an installment of “This is How I Made It,” airing at noon Saturday.
During the show – which also spotlights Demi Lovato – B.o.B., who grew up in East Atlanta, discusses his teen years in the city.
“The advantages that I had as a kid were that I saw both sides of the track. I stayed on the less fortunate side, but I was in a program that allowed me to go to school in a more fortunate side of town. So… I got to see both perspectives,” he said, regarding his time in the magnet program at Columbia High School in DeKalb County (he earlier attended Henderson Middle School in Chamblee).
“When I decided to drop out of high school, there was no backup plan. Plan B was if Plan A fails, go back and retry Plan A,” he also noted.
Plan A seems to be working just fine for the 24-year-old rapper. His second album, “Strange Clouds,” boasted three Top 20 crossover hits on the Billboard Hot 100 – the title track, with Lil Wayne; “So Good,” featuring OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder; and “Both of Us,” with a guest vocal from Taylor Swift.
B.o.B. will perform at Smith’s Olde Bar Dec. 21 to celebrate the anniversary of Atlanta-based beverage, Whynatte.
By Melissa Ruggieri, Atlanta Music Scene