Bobby Ray calls working with Slim Shady, featured on his new E.P.I.C. (Every Play Is Crucial) mixtape, 'a dream come true.'
By Steven Roberts
<P><a href="http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/bob_bobby_ray_/artist.jhtml">B.o.B</a>'s first album, <i>B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray,</i> featured plenty of guest appearances, but arguably the biggest was <a href="http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/eminem/artist.jhtml">Eminem</a>'s feature on <a href="/news/articles/1637371/bobs-airplanes-part-ii-featuring-eminem-and-hayley-williams-hits-the-net.jhtml">"Airplanes Part II."</a> Em is not exactly ubiquitous, but he found his way onto the up-and-comer's track. So, it shouldn't be much of a surprise that they'd team up again. </P><P> </P><P></p><div class="player-placeholder right" title="B.o.B Welcomes Eminem's Critiques" id="vid:715929" width="240" height="211"></div><p> </P><P> </P><P>When Bobby Ray dropped his newest mixtape, <a href="/news/articles/1675029/bob-epic-mixtape.jhtml"><P>id="1675029"><i>E.P.I.C. (Every Play Is Crucial),</i></a> seemingly out of nowhere Monday, it featured an older track with Eminem, titled <a href="/news/articles/1658606/things-get-worse-eminem-bob.jhtml">"Things Get Worse."</a> Though the track leaked in February, B.o.B decided to not let it go to waste. </P><P> </P><P>When MTV News caught up with Bob on Tuesday evening, he said the track was recorded in Detroit around the same time as the "Airplanes" </P><P>sequel. He also said he relished the opportunity to work so closely with two artists — B.o.B is signed to T.I.'s Grand Hustle — that were already legends. </P><P> </P><P>"Working with artists like Tip and Eminem, you really learn a lot from people who have put out countless albums," he said. "Being that I'm fresh in the industry and really eager to learn and really show people everything I can do musically, they kind of help me. I remember Tip telling me, 'I'm with you. I support everything you do.' " </P><P> </P><P>B.o.B revealed that he and Em have been in touch, and he had a chance to play Slim Shady his new record, <i>Strange Clouds.</i> Bobby Ray said it was still surreal to sit down with Em and have the rapper critique his work, especially since Em has been supportive of what he's already done. </P><P>"I grew up listening to Eminem, so to be able to work and get advice on your music from him is a dream come true," he said. "It was free, a free environment. It really wasn't rigid, just real free with the music, no ego." </P><P> </P><P><div style="background-color:#000000;width:423px;"><div style="padding:4px;"><embed src="http://media.mtvnservices.com/mgid:uma:video:mtv.com:715001/cp~vid%3D715001%26uri%3Dmgid%3Auma%3Avideo%3Amtv.com%3A715001" width="420" height="236" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowFullScreen="true" allowScriptAccess="always" base="." flashVars=""></embed></div></div> </P><P> </P><P><i>Share your review of B.o.B's </i>E.P.I.C. (Every Play Is Crucial)<i> mixtape in the comments below!</i></p>Related Artists