Arkansas Bo one of the South's best little-known rappers. Though he possesses a smooth flow
and specializes in funny punch lines, he has yet to get his due. This might have
something to do with the state from which he hails. As he notes in "Arkansas
Sound," just about every other part of the South has gotten its national hip-hop
props, Georgia (OutKast), Tennessee (Three 6 Mafia), Louisiana (Lil Wayne) and
Mississippi (David Banner). "Why we the ones that everybody fail to mention /
and my state lies smack-dab underneath the Mason-Dixon?"
Jennings was raised in Stuttgart, Arkansas, and he's made it his mission to win
respect for his birthplace. And so in "Arkansas Sound," from his mixtape The
Notebook, he addresses a question he's often asked: What does Arkansas rap sound
like? "I don't know," he responds, "but I sound like this." Over a beat that
employs thick bass and braying guitar, he addresses Little Rock's reputation for
gangs and pays homage to the state's attractive women. "I'm so cold I threw
the state on the front of my name," he notes. "If you don't like it, looky here:
You ain't gotta listen."