Masters of War
Label: Bobby Ray Simmons
B.o.B’s Elements compiles four mixtapes he has released over the past 12 months. Despite a recent dustup with famed cosmologist Neil deGrasse Tyson over his (perhaps joking) claim that the Earth is flat, these elements-titled projects don’t dwell too long on scientific minutiae. However, he ponders questions around how people are constrained by society’s expectations on “Bend Over” and despairs over his mortality on “Born to Die.” Each section finds him exploring his muse and playing with genres. For fans of his 2014 hit “Headband,” there are plenty of slappers like “Cold Bwoy” and “Lights Out,” too.