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MTV’s Hottest MCs in the Game: #9 B.o.B (Video)

blame it on Shake October 19, 2010

But it wasn’t until this past February, when he dropped the LRG-sponsored mixtape May 25th, that things started to really take off. The tape featured the Bruno Mars-assisted single “Nothin’ on You,” which was instantly embraced by radio. The song hit #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and sold more than 2 million copies.

He duplicated that success with “Airplanes,” featuring Paramore’s Hayley Williams, which spent a staggering 26 weeks on the Hot 100, peaking at #2. It even spawned a remix with a reinvigorated Eminem, which helped launch Marshall Mathers back into the public eye.

B.o.B’s two hit singles actually made Grand Hustle release the Atlanta MC’s debut LP, The Adventures of Bobby Ray, an entire month before it was set to hit stores. It sold 84,000 copies its first week and debuted at #1 on the Billboard albums chart, selling more than 400,000 units since.

He also released the T.I. and Playboy Tre-assisted single “Bet I,” which let fans know he wasn’t all pop looks. B.o.B stole the show on Slim Thug’s “So High” and guested on the remix of Cali Swag District’s dance hit “Teach Me How to Dougie.” Additionally, one of the songs from May 25th, “F— the Money” with Asher Roth, became something of an underground hit, even while B.o.B was crossing over into the top 40.

B.o.B rounded out his year by winning a Teen Choice Award for “Airplanes,” performing at the VMAs and BET Hip-Hop Awards and scoring an “MTV Unplugged” special. He headlined his own Shootin for Stars Tour over the summer, appeared at Lollapalooza, opened for Jay-Z and Eminem’s Home and Home concert series, and is set to tour the U.K. with Paramore in November. And, finally, he’s a spokesperson for Adidas.

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  • MrWillDoIt

    Aight. This is better than the Luda choice.
    Sidebar: Bobby got Renegaded Lupe on that ‘Past My Shades’ joint.

  • Hunty

    Shake cares about how many comments this post will have not the actual thing.

  • pretty much. why would i care about a list created by mtv? it’s not my opinion so it doesn’t matter to me. no shame in that.

  • facemask

    What’s the point of this dumb ass list we all know Em’s gonna top it.

  • Calidna

    Damn he still hasn’t went gold ????
    His cd flopped y’all all hate on Rick Ross for his cd not doing numbers when lowkey BOB shit bombed
    I remember before the Cd drop all the Bob stans were calling it the album of the year and saying it would do 500k in the first weekw


    well deserved

  • feining liquor often

    well he sold 2 million songs, fuck how the album sold hah

  • sir fu**ing left foot

    album is not as dope as his older mixtapes. he should return to produce his own stuff and not pay producers for getting him the mainstream fame.

  • yadda

    where he at anyway aint heard shit from him in a minute

  • mikeyfresh

    I don’t mind this pick.

  • daveg

    Good look B.O.B. If you’re number 9, I’m scared who placed before you…uh oh, looks like I’m going to be disagreeing with MTV soon enough.

  • The Prophet Muhammed

    BoB fucking sucks.

  • Phu Q

    B.O.B. r u fucking kidding me? dude is not a true MC by any means, im surprised justin bieber didnt make this list. hahaha

  • AC

    I used to like BOB but he went from Left to pop and Im not feeling the him anymore.

  • datniggadaz

    Oh, BOB is a MC? I didn’t know that, thank you mtv.

  • Dunn-D

    This list is horse shit…ALREADY

  • bleepmydadshed

    why even post this.

  • anybody in atl know if he is going to be performing this weekend?

  • Momma Told Me To Say Fuck Yall

    You niggas bitch too fuckin much.

    Hoes On My Dick Cuz iLook Like Elton John.

  • IllicitMC

    I have to agree. B.o.B. isn’t the dopest, or the most lyrical, but he is hot. His show’s sell-out, he was asked to open for the Black Eyed Peas on certain deates, he opened for Hov and Em. He has had 3 top 40 singles, and I am sure he could put out at least one more single.
    I am not a huge B.o.B. fan, and would never put him on a list of the dopest, but Bobby Ray had a great year, successful year. He should probably be higher up, but cause he is such a ‘new’ (used loosely cause he has been doin’ it for a minute) those cats don’t really respect him as much.
    And I probably will catch heat for saying this; but he was waaay hotter than T.I. this year. Seriously, T.I. did not release a hot song (by MTV standards anyway), and B.o.B. released like 3 or 4. If judging on this year alone (as they should be) B.o.B. should probably be number 7 or 6…higher than Wayne. But that’s just me, and I am just an annoymous internet dude.

  • xDesmond

    One of the better posts I’ve seen in the comments section

  • jurrien

    They fucked up for me with Luda at 10, no disrespect, but c’mon son battle of the sexes was not good at all! Fabolous dropped a great mixtape and Banks has 2 big records and album coming on the way i mean whats up with that

  • boob

    b.o.b. can suck a dick

  • DillonKirk

    Bobby Ray is fuckin insane. i remember 2 years ago man he was openin up for CuDi and Asher Roth and he came out on stage in LA and nobody knew his songs. but me.. I never everyword ahha. B.o.B does deserve to be on this list. but even though it kinda don’t really mean anything. haha. it is just MTV… hahhaah.

  • Funny how much hate all of you are doing against B.o.B when he really is one of the dopest rappers out nowadays. Hate him because of his hits. That’s like hating Cudi because of Day N Nite when he has so much more material from old mixtapes that are all solid. If you actually go back and listen to B.o.B’s material from Who the Fuck is B.o.B, Hi My Name is B.o.B and B.o.B. vs Bobby Ray mixtapes, you will hear that he is hungry as ever on the mic when it comes to making music. The best thing about his music is that it actually sounds like he’s having fun making it, not like he’s trying to push out crap to feed an image. B.o.B really can say Haterz Everywhere We Go. Some of you probably don’t even know about that song either. You all can go judge the next upcoming rappers by their albums when you don’t know shit about their rise through mixtapes.

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  • bleepmydadshed

    b_lett i want to buy some of your music

  • Chuck

    B.o.B had a good year as a Pop star but not as an Mc. are any of his three songs even hip hop? two rock songs and one pop song. “bet i bust” was his only rap song and it didnt blow up as any of his other songs. so far fab, and banks have gotten robbed on this list

  • i can agree with this one…B.O.B.’s talented and can spit, creatively….but Bun B NEEDS to be on this (uncredible, pointless, stupid) “list”…..Trill O.G. got 5 mics from Source and Drizzys fagget ass has been collaboratin w/ him like crazy….this was Bun’s year….and Banks too…wtf!?….FUCK MTV…and especially FUCK BET for making the most ridiculous list of all time for the “Best Rappers of the 2000’s”….how the fuck are you gonna put Drake on that shit when hes only been out since 09?! and Officer Ricky Rozay came out hot in like what 2005 or 2006????….SMFH

  • Haha, bleepmydadshed, you like some of those beats? I have some contact info posted up on my site.

  • SharkWithSomeWings

    Yo, really though. B.o.B’s music sounds like it should all be in a commercial for Target nowadays. He was never very good but at least back in the day he said some shit, now he writes for 15 year old white girls and they aren’t even buying his shit. Sellout, and I don’t mean that lightly.

  • GOD hip hop on MTV blows now what happened to good music its not even Hip Hop anymore! B.o.b blows

  • who the fuck r these judges to say who is hot put pete rock premo dre put them niggas at judges…man shit pisses me of sway should know better ….they judge them by how much theyve done not by their lyrics b.s everything is if they performed onfront of obama dont mean shit that just mean he performed on front of obama im tired of mtv