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AP: What did you want to do on this album?

B.o.B: You can have a good album with good songs, but I wanted a good album that was organically good, something that really felt like, “Man, only B.o.B has this music, only B.o.B makes this type of sound.” I felt like in order to do that I really had to not let the success of the first album make me complacent.

AP: When you were a kid did you know you wanted to be a musician?

B.o.B: It wasn’t until I was 13 when I was really strongly adamant about being an emcee, to the point where it was like I had an ultimatum and I was like, “Man, I really need to decide what I’m going to do with my life.”

AP: So you were a serious 13-year-old?

B.o.B: Absolutely. That mentality at 13 to become an emcee wholeheartedly, you know, it’s a danger to it and risk to it because you neglect certain things that you automatically count off as not being necessary for this type of lifestyle. As a kid I was like, “I don’t need school or books. I’m an emcee; I’ll make it off of that.” And granted, I did, but it’s like, you don’t really know, you just have all the faith that you can have and then it’s left up to the universe to make it happen. So, it’s been like this since I was 13.

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Mesfin Fekadu covers entertainment for The Associated Press. Follow him at http://www.twitter.com/musicmesfin