B.o.B had a imaginative and prescient for his new album earlier than the pandemic hit. He tells us it was meant to have a fiery power and tempo to it. Then the world modified, and so did the vibe for Somnia.
The Atlanta-bred rapper’s newest undertaking drops at midnight on Sept. 11 and options the singles “ZZZ’s,” “After Hourzzz,” and “Slizzy Sity.” Crafted throughout quarantine, the album morphed right into a thematic assortment of songs meant to assist listeners escape into an after-hours suite, and as B.o.B says, “to soothe the beast.”
Can’t sleep? There’s one thing for you on Somnia. Feel like partying? Step into the after-hours realm. Want to unwind? There’s one thing right here for you too.
In a telephone interview, B.o.B informed Showbiz Cheat Sheet concerning the artistic course of for Somnia, what he discovered about himself throughout quarantine, and why this album is not like every other in his profession.
Showbiz Cheat Sheet: The vibe of those Somnia songs really feel sort of downtempo or trance-y. Would you say the entire album sticks to a cohesive theme/sound?
Yes, it’s positively an idea album — actually an after-hours album.
Showbiz Cheat Sheet: Does it inform a narrative about your waking and sleeping states of thoughts?
It’s attention-grabbing you ask that as a result of I really feel like there are two several types of folks. You know, there are people who prefer to get together and people who don’t, and I really feel like there’s a false impression concerning the people who get together.
I really feel prefer it has to do lots with the floor of what it seems like and to be sincere — I can converse for myself, I’m a child that used to see ghosts, that used to remain up at night time, that was up ‘til five in the morning playing video games or just staying up because I can’t sleep, as a result of I’m enthusiastic about all of the nervousness and all of the sh*t in life.
And so, once you develop up, you understand these patterns and these character traits simply persist with you and also you simply find yourself with different individuals who can’t sleep — and different individuals who simply be up. And you then get the “After Hourzzz.”
And so, it’s actually like soothing the beast. You know, staying up, discovering peace with life. Partying, consuming, having enjoyable, attempting to steadiness out all of the bullsh*t and all of the work that you just’ve been doing all week.
All the bullsh*t that you just take care of and all of the errors that you just made may maintain you up at night time. And lots of people expertise insomnia. So, that is the other of that — that is Somnia. This is like soothing the beast, so to talk.
Showbiz Cheat Sheet: You created this album throughout quarantine, a time when some folks skilled nervousness, melancholy, introspection, and even enjoyable. What are among the issues helped you faucet into your creativity throughout this time or did all of it simply movement naturally?
Well, you understand it’s humorous as a result of I really feel just like the album took form by itself, ‘trigger I actually began out with a totally completely different album with a totally completely different theme.
One day, among the sounds have been sounding slightly too chill … I needed a fiery album, however the sooner it got here near preparing, quarantine hit and all this introspection occurred.
So, the album simply sort of took a form of its personal. And it sort of turned the after-hours album. It simply ended up like a soundtrack for what’s occurring.
Showbiz Cheat Sheet: So did it really feel like work or did it really feel like only a pure factor occurring for you?
Well, I really feel like an artist like myself, I’ve the posh of working and partying on the similar time. So, it actually got here from my life-style. Like — I feel it was Marvin Gaye or Al Green — I can’t bear in mind which one however they used to have lots of people within the studio once they have been recording.
I really feel like once you try this, you sort of seize a collective vibe of what persons are feeling and simply all of the little nuances and intricacies of feelings and dialect. All the great nuances — you sort of seize it within the file.
So, that’s what occurred on this album, and I don’t really feel like I’ve actually had an album like this, ever in my profession. The solely undertaking I really feel that was like this that had a theme and sort of captured the second might be the Elements.
Showbiz Cheat Sheet: How about manufacturing? I do know Tay Keith labored on this. Will followers get to listen to you play any devices on this one?
On this album, I labored on some stuff with my band — songs like “ZZZ’s,” “Slizzy Sity,” and “Pressure.” With these songs I actually received an opportunity to get in with my band and actually produce and orchestrate stuff regardless that plenty of lure music as of late is all based mostly on loops. So, I actually had an opportunity to blow the parameters open and permit for an actual composition.
And plenty of these songs I needed to work on piece by piece. You know, I couldn’t simply be like ‘Alright, take this part loop it there, then loop this here, then loop it there.’ I actually needed to write your complete music in plenty of instances.
I really feel like my followers have a sure style. They have a sure palate — a musical palate — and I’ve grown to belief that.
I’ve constructed that kind of relationship with my followers, so I really feel like they’ll positively have the ability to admire the work that I put in on the musical facet, and simply the stay instrumentation that so effortlessly blends in with what music is today. And music that you’d need to hear after hours.
Stay up and stream B.o.B’s Somnia on Sept. 11 on all platforms when the clock strikes midnight.