How much is Bobby V worth?
|Net Worth:||$8 Million|
|Date of Birth:||February 27, 1980|
|Country:||United States of America|
Who Is Bobby V
Bobby V., aka Bobby Valentino, was born in Mississippi but raised primarily in the Atlanta area. He was an R&B; fan at a young age, and inspired by such popular groups as Tony! Toni! Tone! and Jodeci, Bobby and three other friends from school, Darryl Allen, Brandon Brown and Byron Reeder, formed an R&B; quartet called Mista in the mid-1990s.
They signed with Elektra Records in 1995 and released their self-titled debut album the next year. The album produced one hit, the first single, “Blackberry Molasses.” But by 1998, the group had permanently split up.
Real name: Robert Wilson. Born: Feb. 27, 1980 in Jackson, Miss. Raised in Atlanta, Georgia.
After Mista’s demise, Bobby enrolled in college and began attending Clark Atlanta University, majoring in Mass Communications. He continued to record in his free time however, and in the spring of 2002 he auditioned for the first season of “American Idol.” He was not selected by the judges, but continued working on his music and shopping his demo to various labels. Eventually, he came to the attention of rapper Ludacris who, like Bobby, lived in Atlanta. He was eventually signed to be the first artist on Ludacris’ Disturbing Tha Peace Records.
Bobby, now going by the name Bobby Valentino, released his self-titled solo debut album in 2005 via Disturbing Tha Peace/Island Def Jam. The album was a hit, selling over 700,000 copies, partially due to the success of its first single, “Slow Down.” His sophomore album, Special Occasion, followed in 2007, but only sold 270,000 copies and generated no hit singles. In early 2008, Bobby announced that he was leaving the Disturbing Tha Peace clique and Island Def Jam, partially due to unhappiness with his second album’s lack of promotion and weak sales.
The Indie Route
In early 2008, Bobby started his own label, Blu Kolla Dreams. In April of that year, he released his third album, The Rebirth on his label, in conjunction with EMI. Sometime before this, Bobby shortened his stage name to Bobby V. after being sued by a British singer-songwriter who had performed under the Bobby Valentino name since the 1970s. As of 2011, Bobby still releases music under the Bobby V. name on his own label. His fourth album, Fly in the Wall, came out in March 2011.
When Bobby Valentino broke from Ludacris’ Disturbing Tha Peace clique and started his own label in 2008 it was a risky move considering how Ludacris was a big rap star and Bobby wasn’t nearly as successful – or respected – in the music world. But Bobby had said that his style of sensual R&B; didn’t fit in with DTP and that more of the real Bobby V. would be revealed on his third album, which is his first as his own man. Well, Rebirth, which was released in the U.S. on Feb. 10, 2009, is definitely the most ballad-oriented album of his career so far. But despite that, it’s not much better than his previous efforts.
Bobby Valentino’s stage name comes from the fact that he was born around Valentine’s Day. So it’s sort of appropriate that his “rebirth” as an artist was released around Valentine’s Day as well. But the ‘reborn’ Bobby V is too much like the old Bobby: mediocre singing, a lack of charisma and disposable songs.
But before getting into that, here’s the album’s positive points: the song “Butterfly Tattoo” is a fairly well-sung mid-tempo track about a seductive female with a special symbol on her lower back. And Bobby’s cover of Tony Toni Toné’s ’90s hit “Just Me and You” is good for nostalgia purposes. He doesn’t come close to singing the song as well as Raphael Saadiq did on the original, but he deserves props for being bold enough to give it a shot. Also catchy is “3 is the New 2,” Bobby’s freaky ode to the ménage à trois. Like most of his songs, the singing isn’t particularly good, but the lyrics are fun if you’re into that kind of thing.
Unfortunately, the really good moments are few and far between. Bobby made the right move in ditching the DTP crew, because this album firmly establishes him as an R&B; artist, not a hip-hop one (although the first single, “Beep,” does feature Yung Joc). Bobby’s singing has improved compared to his last album, 2007’s Special Occasion, but he still has trouble carrying a tune and his voice still doesn’t sound like it has fully matured. Bob comes across as a guy who thinks he’s a great singer, but he’s wrong; very wrong. And although this album represents a half-step forward for him, his shortcomings as a vocalist undermine the entire album.
It’s been more than 20 years since Bobby Brown released the song “Rock Wit’Cha” on his Don’t Be Cruel album, but the song still resonates in the hearts and minds of many, including singer Bobby V, who was only 9 years old when the song came out in 1989.
“Gotta Get Dat Money”
Bobby V., the singer formerly known as Bobby Valentino, may not be the most talented R&B vocalist around, but you’ve gotta admire his ability to continuously grind. BV used to be part of Ludacris’ Disturbing Tha Peace clique years ago, but left and started his own label, Blu Kolla Dreams. Since 2009 he’s released a full album and a mixtape and has another album and mixtape dropped in 2011. From his mixtape, 60 More Minutes, the first song from the mixtape to hit the streets is “Gotta Get Dat Money,” which features the beat from Bone Thugs N Harmony’s “Foe Tha Love of Money.”
Ex-Disturbing Tha Peace clique member Bobby Valentino has been away from a minute, and during that time he’s shortened his name to Bobby V. and worked on his upcoming fourth album, Fly on the Wall. Here’s a taste of what to expect from it: a sexual track called “Phone #.” According to Bobby, the inspiration for the song came when he was working in the studio with producer Jazze Pha:
“Jazze’s phone went off and it was that 2Pac song, “What’z Ya Phone #?” from the All Eyez On Me album. Jazze was doing a beat and that was the first thing that came to my mind … ‘What’s your phone number?’ That’s how the first line came about,” Bobby says.
One of the promotional trends in hip-hop these days is for rappers to post one new song each week to their website or other online source. The marketing strategy’s a good one and has pleased many artists and fans alike, especially Kanye West, who started the whole thing with his G.O.O.D. Music Fridays a few months ago. It was only a matter of time before some young, savvy R&B jumped on the idea, and now that time is here.