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No intro needed. Wonder whose track this will be…

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You think Bobby Ray’s gonna start being the go-to hook guy now that Nate Dogg’s on the way out?

I think this song will do better than the “Body Marked Up” track that was out almost a year ago. I left Phoenix in 2006, and I never once heard the hip-hop stations out there bump Willy Northpole. Maybe that’s why his MySpace says ATL now.

That or I left PHX too early.

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DOWNLOAD: Old Money x Writer’s Block present “Other Planes of There” (mixtape)

Old Money hit me up with this just in time for the weekend. It’s a mix they assembled after coming to the realization that there’s nothing new under the sun, but also that inspiration in black music hasn’t changed so much over time, and that black musicians looking to outer space and “Other Planes of There” is the common thread in it all. Note: Old Money referenced the article I linked there, they deserve all the credit for these existential musings. I’m merely repeating what they told me.

If you were wondering, Writer’s Block is:

“Writers Block is a Cultural/Arts Movement based in NYC, whose core objective is to expose the general public to a higher quality of Art and Entertainment. For more info, check out this video (HIGHLY recommended viewing), filmed by The New Pop.”

Hit the jump for the tracklisting.

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B.o.B. is a monster live; the energy of his group matches that new name well (it sounds like a rock name, I think). His live band went in, and so did Bob at the TSS/Nah Right showcase Friday. Before he started, and before this clip starts, he seemed like he was getting really worked up over the rumors of his retirement. What follows was this. Too bad you weren’t there.

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I guess it’s better to do this now, rather than when your record is out and you’re trying to cross over? All I want to know is who is going to help me retag all the B.o.B. posts to “Bobby Ray.” As a matter of fact, I’m not doing any of that til I see it for myself at SXSW.

Knowing the way B.o.B. sounds, and where he wants to go, I’m going to go ahead and say I like the idea. It’s got a quirky southern-rock/blues edge to it, and I love the fact that someone is going that direction, instead of going so electronic and autotune’d that he renamed himself to “Buzz Lightyear.”

Even though he’s been frustrated with the business of making music in the past, B.o.B said one of his biggest supporters has been the guy he’s signed to: T.I.

“We’ve been talking about the direction I’ve been going musically and really getting everybody on the same page,” B.o.B explained. “As I’m learning what it means to be an artist in the music industry, I’m learning more. At the same time, I’m still learning how to keep that creativity for what I see. I manifest that that into my music and where it’s taking me. It’s taking me to places and venues and areas I never imagined before.

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B.o.B’s new sound has involved a lot of instrumentation and a rock-and-roll edge.

“Now I go by the name ‘Bobby Ray.’ Make sure you put ‘Bobby Ray,’ ” the MC revealed. “I’m really going into a new direction — more free and not trying to live up to any particular genre. I don’t feel like I’ve been doing that. I don’t feel like I’ve been trying to fit in, but I feel even more free-spirited. I have more willingness musically. That’s all I’m about. I’m about guitars, chords and keyboards.”
- MTV News

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