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on December 21, 2013
I can't say I was surprised to hear that this album was only going to sell between 35k & 40k in the first week. (To put it into perspective, Eminem did almost 800,000 in his first week). With bad singles, and terrible promotion, there was almost no hype around this album whatsoever. Though I was in the same boat as pretty much everyone else thinking this album would be a dud, I decided to give it a shot anyways. I wasn't disappointed, but I wasn't super impressed ether.
I've been a big fan of B.o.B. ever since The Adventures of Bobby Ray. In fact, Bet I, Airplanes Part 2, Arena, and Play The Guitar are all in my top 25 most listened to songs on iTunes (Arena being #1). But as the singles slowly started to pour in, I wasn't in the least bit impressed. We still in this B**** was the first single from the album, which was also from his mixtape "F*** Em, We Ball", and even in the mixtape, I wasn't impressed with it. The Mike Will Made It beat was downright awful as B.o.B single-handedly carries the song to what it is now. T.I. and Juicy J are okay, but the production was sub-par to say the least.
Headband was the lead single from the album, and I see why it was released as a single, as it had more radio potential than a lot of other songs on the album, but again, the song was underwhelming to say the least. The worst parts about the song is the fact that this is a DJ Mustard beat, that is where rappers go to die in the depths of mediocrity, and it only furthers the stereotype that all rap music is about money, drugs, and women. The 2 Chainz feature was exactly what you would think it would be as Mr. Chainz does the exact same thing as he does on every song he's ever been on. Ready was the third single from the album. It was miles better than We Still In This, and Headband, but the song was way too big for B.o.B It sounds like the type of song that Rick Ross or Meek Mill would have been all over. Which isn't a bad thing, but it's too far out of B.o.B's league, and the Future Feature was the second worst feature of the album (Right next to Esther Dean in Wide Open). No song will wander into great territory with Future in it.
All I Want and John Doe were the next singles off of the album. All I want was the opening track from the album, which was awful. Without a doubt one of the worst songs on the album. Between the awful lyrics and the boring and lazy sounding beat, nothing really good came out of the song. John Doe is undoubtedly one of the best songs on the album. The Pricilla feature starts out somewhat campy with her verse at the beginning, but she absolutely kills the hook bringing it into chart-topper range. B.o.B really just sat back, did his thing and it worked out incredibly well making a very memorable song for all B.o.B fans to enjoy.
Other notable songs include the Chris Brown-assisted Throwback, which is somewhat hit and miss. The Brown feature was disappointing knowing that he raps more than sings unlike his incredible feature in Arena from Strange Clouds. Though it's an alright song overall. Paper Route was arguably the best song on the album with a simplistic but catchy beat that speeds up to B.o.B throwing out a crazy catchy hook that turns out to be one of the more memorable moments in the album.
One Day and Nobody Told me slow things down a bit with more meaningful lyrics making for some of the better songs on the album. While Coastline and Fly Mother****** could have fit in as good filler tracks for The Adventures of Bobby Ray as they follow the same formula as most songs on that album.
Overall, Underground Luxury is an alright album, but it doesn't manage to impress by any means. It's B.o.B's weakest album to date, but even then it does manage to entertain to an extent.
FINAL SCORE: 6/10
Must Have Songs:
Nobody Told Me