"Looking at the world through my rear view, searching for an answer up high..." -B.O.B (Just A Sign)
In a world over-saturated with "twerk this" and "shoot that", it's nice to hear that some Hip-Hop artists are still making quality music. B.O.B is one such talented artist that strives to leave more than just a catchy hook with his fans, he wants to give them food for thought. Of course, he has dabbled in the "what's popular" and jumped on an occasional track for the money, but when the smoke clears, he's still a solid poet. B.O.B's song, "Just A Sign" is one of those tracks that allows us, the listeners, to see just where his head is at, even with all the dro and champagne floating around. Let's take a closer look...
Bobby Ray Simmons as some of you know him has always been one to push the envelope of his sound whether it's opting for live instrumentation over pounding MPCs or at times crooning his message over a light soundscape. Our first experience with him, however, was "I'll Be In The Sky". If you are like us, when you first heard that song you were like, "He's got it, Praise the music gods, someone's finally got the message and is going to put out quality tunes". Now before we go further, we must say that a lot of artists start off showing promise and quickly falter as soon as the money starts rolling in, but not B.O.B...
He has crafted quite the soundbase since then and continues to grow his audience far and wide with thought-provoking and at times bouncy tracks. This is the reason why we wanted to take a few moments to zone in on his Strange Clouds track, "Just A Sign". This song is one of his most introspective and classic tunes to date, for it's relevant message and surging bass line.
From the moment it first comes on, you already know there won't be no Weezy, no Yeezy or Sheezy(lol) on a track like this. Songs such as this are built for artists, poets, lyricists that can paint a vivid picture with just their words alone without a hype-man boosting up their ego. This song is about the "Big Picture" and what it means to make the most of the time we have. Too many times we walk around thinking that we're going to live forever, but sorry friends, that is not the case. We all must take that long walk someday, so why not make our steps today..count?
"Everything is crumbling around me, or is it all just a sign"- B.O.B (Just A Sign)
In this one line, you can see the vision of how it parallels a lot of the struggles we face today. Everything from death to disappointment, all the way to failures and successes, we must enjoy the good and survive the bad. Why? Because that's how we grow and learn, mature and deepen our knowledge of the universe we are in. It'd be silly to think that the world begins and ends with our say-so, we are merely pixels in the big screen, but together, we are a vision. So what do you think we look like at a glance? Are we serving our purpose to create something beautiful or just throwing it away?
You see it's music like this that make one think, one ponder, even step out of their shoes and try on another pair. That's music. That's real music that you can feel, music to grow with and build on. We need more of it. We here at Unhinged Reviews are thankful for artists such as B.O.B that make us pause and reflect, look into our own selves and strive to be better than the day before. Greater than our tomorrow and more brilliant today...than our future.
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