B.o.B. has been featured as an artist to watch in various media outlets (including AllHipHops Breeding Ground in Jan. 07, EARLY). B.o.B., a Decatur, GA reppin rapper, connected with the good TJ Chapman (of TJs DJs infamy), signed with Jim Jonsins Rebel Rock label and is prepping his Atlantic Records distributed debut. B.o.B. has been featured in ads for the LRG clothing line and dropped a blistering mixtape (Hi! My Name is B.o.B.) hosted by Mick Boogie. Then, of course, B.o.B.s ubiquitous hit Haterz Everywhere, has enjoyed a longer shelf life than Hillary Clinton. Nice accomplishments and all, but B.o.B. still gets hated on. So goes the Hip-Hop life. AllHipHop.com: So how did Haterz Everywhere get made?B.o.B: I was in the studio and when I actually did it I didnt think much of it, Wes Fif he brought TJ the beat and said get B.o.B to do this and they sent it to me and I was sitting down and the beat was jamming, Ribah made it. I was just vibin to it and I just came up with the melody [sings ] and I just laid it, laid it and sent it back to him and put a verse on the background and he was like damn this s**t is dope. So West put a verse on it and at TJs DJs Conference 2006] we performed it just on some random s**t. We just wanted to perform it. But at the end of the night when we did it people were like run that back do it again. So we were like s**t we did it again. At the time I was performing Cloud 9 so I just put it in the show and started performing [Haterz Everywhere] before Cloud 9 and I still do my show like that now. It just caught on and I really created a following with it. Its amazing how long its lasted cause I recorded that song two years ago, Ive been working for two years and I got so much more music than that but its great that it lasted this long. [B.o.B. f/ Rich Boy Haterz Everywhere]AllHipHop.com: Was the song always B.o.B featuring Wes Fif or was it a joint project?B.o.B: We actually did two remixes to it. It was Wes Fif on the original and we did a Rick Ross, Juvenile and Big Kuntry King remix and then we did a remix with Rich Boy and Greg Street was behind that because he blasted off on that song. Hes from for Atlanta and we were real cool and he got Rich Boy on it and he did his own version for his mixtape and blasted off on it and thats really what did it for Atlanta in addition to all the work me, B. Rich and TJ have been doing over these past couple of years.AllHipHop.com: Now the official video is you and Rich Boy.B.o.B: Yeah.AllHipHop.com: Is that the song thats going to be on the album?B.o.B: Yeah, quite possibly.
The hate, its like a disease that Im trying to get rid of so that was really my intent of the song to spread the awareness of that disease: the hater disease.
AllHipHop.com: Alright, whats your definition of a hater?B.o.B: A definition of a hater. Alright, good, glad you asked that. A hater is not necessarily someone who hates on an individual because the hate starts from within themselves so they may hate something about themselves but they might link it to somebody else. You know people may be looking at me in the club and they be looking like that n***a think he cool, that n***a aint cool. He probably thinks he aint cool cause like he doesnt even know that n***a or even seen him [before]. Or it could be like, you might be at a red light, somebody pull up by you on some big rims and theyre like man that n***a probably spent more on them rims than his car, hes probably hatin cause he cant do it himself, you know what Im sayin? [Its] something within himself that he carries around and some people are a hater sometimes when they dont know it. They may be on the other side sometimes but the hate its like a disease that Im trying to get rid of so that was really my intent of the song to spread the awareness of that disease: the hater disease. That hater virus so you could be positive for hater virus, you know what Im sayin?AllHipHop.com: I is there one moment that you got hated on and it sticks out?B.o.B: Ohhh man. People think cause I got the song it actually doesnt happen. At some of my shows people will actually be hatin in the crowd. Like I remember at this one show this happened twice in the middle of the crowd this n***a threw his middle finger up from the time I did my first song up until the time Haterz came on I did my show and when Haterz came on said, Man we got a motherf***in hater in the building! I cant believe it! And we pointed him out and its crazy cause sometimes people wont know who I am when I perform and then when it comes to Haterz the same folk will be jamming. Yeah thats my s**t! Its crazy though, but its all love man.AllHipHop.com: How do you draw the line between honest criticism and hate?B.o.B: Its all within the intent like you can kind of tell when somebodys hatin cause usually hate doesnt make sense. When you just look at it its kind of like, Well that dont really make sense at all why is he doin that? Or why is he talking like that? Why is he askin that? Some people dont know that they like, you got angry haters and passive haters. Passive hating is when people dont know that theyre hating so you cant really get too mad at passive haters because they dont know theyre positive for the hater virus yet. Then you got the angry haters who intentionally hate and when you intentionally hate those are the people that the song is directed towards and it spreads the awareness, like I said, for the people who are passive haters who dont really know that theyre haters, but they are. Sometimes when you give criticism you got to know how youre doing it. Like some people they may give criticism but theyll do it in a hateful way. Theyll be like, Man that song sucked man, you need to go back in the studio and just work for a couple [more] years. Its kind of like s**t man thats kind of hateful saying that, you got to be positive with it like, I see potential you should go and work some more because youre not ready.[B.o.B. Cloud 9]You can only fight [hate] with positiveness, thats the only way to kill it.
People say you gotta fight fire with fire but in this case you cannot
fight hate with hate because it just adds even more hate.AllHipHop.com: That said how do you fight this hater virus going on?B.o.B: You can only fight it with positiveness, thats the only way to kill it. People say you gotta fight fire with fire but in this case you cannot fight hate with hate because it just adds even more hate. If youre in the club and you try to fight hate with hate it ends up with shooting, people getting their throats slashed. I remember I was in this one club, I did a show you know brought all the positive energy in the world that I could bring and that my body could facilitate and then at the end of the show after we left I found out this dude got his throat slit after the show. Im like damn that s**t happened right after that? I thought we left on a positive note? Thats why I still perform because some people still dont get it that you cant just walk around with hate.When I perform I just got my hater blockers on you just gotta have your hater blockers on, be cool, put your hater blockers on. But me and TJ and B. Rich and Ham Squad, thats my clique, were a no hater force field so no hate gets in. We may get into it sometimes amongst ourselves but its all cool cause we know we gotta do that to get that hater virus out cause its cancer, that s**t is really contagious. But we got to just walk around with that positive energy and keep the hate away.AllHipHop.com: Finally, tell me something about the album, when can we expect it?B.o.B: The album Im looking forward to probably the end of 2008, the beginning of 2009, I think thatll be a real good time to get ready for the album and also get people ready for the type of music Im doing cause I feel like Haterz is just the tip of the iceberg so Im tryin to give time for people to get to know me. You cant really force on people, you got to just let it grow.AllHipHop.com: Okay, you dont want to get caught up as the hater dude basically.B.o.B: Yeah, I dont want to get caught up in like, Here this n***a go with this hater song again. [Laughs]