Jul 2014
Matt Bourgault

Music Monday: No Genre 2 review

Matt reviews B.o.B.’s latest mixtape.


I know the last time I wrote about music I said that I was was done with mixtpes. Well, sometimes things don’t work out the way you think they will, and a mixtape is the only music released in a week. Besides, B.o.B is a well-known artist, so let’s jump right into this.

B.o.B. is quite an interesting fellow. I was a big fan of his when he released “I’ll Be In The Sky” ┬áin 2008. With that single in his pocket, I was eagerly anticipating B.o.B.’s debut album.

Unfortunately, his career never really panned out the way I hoped it would. Instead of turning into a new generation’s Andre 3000, he became what I can only describe as rap’s Dwight Howard.

He treads carefully and does his best to make sure that as many people like him as possible. B.o.B. is not afraid of doing whatever it takes to make money, which is admirable, I guess. I just wished he knew what I wanted for his career, because that is what’s truly important.

This week, R.o.b.e.r.T. released “No Genre 2,” the latest mixtape in the “No Genre” series of mixtapes. B.o.B. has used this series as a showcase of his diverse musical talent and influences.

Without a doubt, this mixtape works. B.o.B. is versatile enough to knock a concept like this out of the park.

The highlight is “Many Rivers,” where B.o.B. rhymes over a beautiful Jimmy Cliff sample. It’s a perfectly empowering track where B.o.B. is on his game.

Overall, I wholeheartedly recommend this mixtape. Give it a listen.