What does his name mean?
B.o.B, born Bobby Ray Simmons, takes his rap name from the 2000 Outkast single, "B.O.B (Bombs Over Baghdad)." That's more than appropriate given that song's genre-crossing style and B.o.B's own tendency to inject the sounds of rock, pop, and R&B into his Atlanta hip-hop.
Do the Outkast comparisons go further than just his name?
Yes. When B.O.B was still a buzzing mixtape rapper, he was frequently compared to Outkast's Andre 3000 for his lyrical dexterity, his emotional content and his occasional criticisms of hip-hop. The 2009 song “Generation Lost” is an example of B.o.B at his most Andre...