Bobby Ray Simmons Jr. (born November 15, 1988), known professionally as B.o.B, is an American rapper and record producer from Decatur, Georgia. In 2006, B.o.B was discovered by Brian Richardson, who then introduced him to TJ Chapman, who subsequently brought him to American record producer Jim Jonsin. After hearing his music, Jonsin signed B.o.B to his Rebel Rock Entertainment imprint. Two years later, Jonsin and B.o.B signed a joint venture deal, with Atlantic Records and American rapper T.I.’s Grand Hustle Records.
B.o.B quickly rose to fame after his commercial debut single “Nothin’ on You”, reached number one in both the United States and the United Kingdom. He would later release his third single “Airplanes”, which also topped several major music charts. His fifth single “Magic”, became his 3rd top 10 hit on the US Billboard Hot 100. B.o.B’s debut studio album The Adventures of Bobby Ray, which was preceded by two extended plays (EPs) and several mixtapes, was released in April 2010. The album reached number one on the US Billboard 200 and was eventually certified 2x platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in 2016. B.o.B was named the ninth “Hottest MC in the Game of 2010” by MTV, on their annual list.