- Published on Sunday, December 02 2012
Rapper B.O.B is glad his father was unsupportive of his career because it pushed him to succeed and make a name for himself.
The hip-hop star, real name Bobby Ray Simmons, Jr., went against his pastor dad's wishes by trying to break into the business, and the Airplanes hitmaker reveals his desire to prove his parent wrong was one of the main sources of his inspiration.
He tells MTV news show This Is How I Made It, "My dad will tell you that he wasn't too fond of me when I first started rapping. My dad was a preacher. When your dad is a preacher... the things you wanna say as an MC, they don't really go hand in hand. I remember I was walking through the house with a rap book, a do-rag (head cloth) on and some headphones or something, and my dad stopped me. He was like, 'Why are you trying to be something that you're not?'
"I was appalled. I was like, 'What do you mean, something I'm not?' I'm an MC, I'm a lyricist, I'm a rapper - I love this. If someone tells me I (can't) do something, I'm going in the exact opposite direction."
And the 24 year old is happy he never gave up: "I think if I would've (sic) went through life and there would've been nobody hating on me, and there would've been nobody writing 'you're wack' in my rap book, if I didn't get booed at the talent show, I don't think I'd be here. I wouldn't have wanted it badly enough."