B.o.B at Lollapalooza 2010: Live review
Hip-hop artist B.o.B felt so comfortable opening Lollapalooza this morning he danced his way right out of his shoes and grooved on stage in his stocking feet.
It was just one of many moments in what has to be among the most memorable early-morning Lolla sets ever. I confess I was puzzled and irritated when I saw B.o.B scheduled to open the fest at 11:30am on Friday. I mean, really, he has two smash hits out now and a third making its way up the charts. What's a guy have to do to get an after-lunch slot? But Lolla won me over by finding a way to jump-start the weekend from the word go. B.o.B filled the south lawn as if he was playing a Friday night set and treated fans to mix of hits ("Airplanes," "Nothin' on you," "Magic") and songs that showcased his softer side, such as "Don't let me fall."
B.o.B, aka Bobby Ray, is the rare artist who can rap with the best of them, but also break into a soft ballad—without autotune. Try that, Kanye. He proves that point today by breaking into a sick freestyle one minute and then pulling out his acoustic guitar the next to sing "Letters from Vietnam," a ballad about a soldier whose wife leaves him for another man while he's at war.
From the looks of things, Bobby Ray won't be playing the breakfast show for long.—Amy Carr