B.o.B f/ Chris Brown + T.I. – ‘Arena’ | New Music

Unless you adopt some guerilla-style tactics like Jay-Z and Kanye West did when crafting their Watch The Throne epic, an album leak is inevitable in this day and age. Unfortunately for B.o.B., his sophomore LP Strange Clouds looks to have suffered this very fate less than a week before it’s official release. On the contrary, though, it’s more than fortunate for us impatient listeners.

Having heard the album in 30-second snippets via the sampler that hit the net a few days ago, it was the Chris Brown and T.I.-assisted “Arena” that stood out — not only on paper but through the speakers, too. Blending an anthemic hook from Breezy with B.o.B. and his Grand Hustle boss Tip’s rapid-firing raps, this one strikes the delicate balance between the sugar-coated sounds of the charts and the ferocity of the emcees’ Atlanta hometown.

Stream below and buy Strange Clouds from the iTunes store on May 1st (unless you’ve given into temptation and downloaded a leak, in which case, you should be ashamed of yourself).

Listen: B.o.B. f/ Chris Brown + T.I. – “Arena”