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B.o.B. & Friends Perform Free Show in Atlanta


Chart-topping happy man B.o.B. (aka Bobby Ray Simmons) is truly in a league of his own. It is easy to label him as just another hip hop artist, but his music and performance go way beyond one, single genre. Simmons' music is a pop-savvy brew of pop, soul, rock and hip hop that doesn't fit one particular mold.

His debut LP is not called "The Adventures of Bobby Ray" for nothing. Like a happy-go-lucky comic book character he rocks and rolls easily from one genre to the next - performing with guitar, diving into the crowd, singing from the mic stand, crooning on the piano and fiercely spitting rhymes to a chanting crowd. Very entertaining and a lot of fun to watch.

The "hyper-creative savant" performed a special gig in his hometown of Atlanta on Saturday night that was sponsored by MySpace Music, Microsoft Windows and HP computers that introduced its brand-new line of Beats by Dr Dre enabled laptops. B.o.B. took on all of his hits and his future ones, including "Nothin' On You,"  the fantastic and meaningful "Kids" (with Janelle Monae) and his global smash "Airplanes" that sent the crowd into overdrive.


Prior to the show, I received an extensive demonstration of HP's new top-of-the-line Envy laptops that feature sophisticated sound technology courtesy of Beats by Dr Dre. Frankly, I was a bit skeptical at first, thinking this Beats thing was just a marketing ploy and a fancy logo slapped on to some laptops to sell a few more of them. But I was impressed by this product.

First of all, the HP Envy laptops come with an easy-grip, all-aluminum casing that easily rivals the look and feel of the latest MacBook Pro notebooks (I work from a first generation MacBook Pro running Snow Leopard, which is getting a bit sluggish after 4 years of intense use.)

The sound on the HP Envy laptops is truly outstanding. Audio quality is often not a high priority for laptop makers, but the built-in Beats technology (a hardware extension to the soundcard with pre-set audio profiles) on the HP laptops make a world of difference.

And when music sounds better, it feels better, creating a much more entertaining experience. I'm looking forward to toying more with an Envy loaner I'm hoping to receive to give you more insights (Yes, I'm a bit of a tech geek and most definitely an audiophile). If you're in the market for a new PC laptop, you should definitely consider one of these handsome, sonically-pleasing  HP Envy laptops. (Disclaimer: I did not get paid to write this.)

August 3, 2010 in B.o.B. | Permalink