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Rapper B.O.B. Airplanes Part 2 ft. Eminem Song Analysis of Quotes and Positive Message

Updated on July 20, 2012


I was asked "Hey Drew, is hip hop a positive influence on youth? Is it a lifestyle that people follow to their peril, or is it a fantasy that people use while they live their daily boring lives? I would be interested in your viewpoint."

This hub is the first in a series of hubs, examining songs with positive messages.

B.O.B. Airplanes Part 2

B.O.B. Airplanes Part 2 is a song about following one's dreams. This song revels the artist's angst and insecurities while delivering the message hard work and determination pay off in the end. As well as, risk must be taken to achieve one's dreams.

Bobby Ray aka B.O.B.

B.O.B. Verse 1

B.o.B - Verse 1]
(ya) Lets pretend like it’s 98
like i’m eating lunch off of styrofoam trays
trying to be the next rapper comin out the A (A-town)
Hoping for a record deal to ignore my pain (ya)
now lets pretend like i’m on the stage
and when my beat drops everybody goes insane (woo)
and everybody know my name and everywhere I go people wanna hear me sing (oh)
oh yeah and I just dropped my new album on the first week I did Five-Hundred Thousand
gold in the spring and diamond in the fall and then a world tour just to top it all off
and lets pretend like they called me the greatest selling out arenas with big a** stages
and everybody loved me and no-one ever hated
lets try to use imagination


B.o.B.'s verse starts with him claiming his humble beginning as child growing up in Atlanta. Eating lunch off styrofoam trays in the cafeteria of a public school, B.O.B. is just like everyone else. But he longs more than a typical ordinary life. He wants an extraordinary life, dreaming that becoming a rapper will solve all his problems. But his rapper dreams are not the typical cash, clothes, and women. His main goal his to be accepted by his peers.

"Everybody loved me and no-one ever hated"

Social acceptance is an very important thing for teenagers. It influences all aspects of one's life. This verse helps kids relate, like 'hey there is someone out there that gets me'. It also shows through lyrical content and verbal delivery that it is okay to be different.

Hidden Wisdom

"Why fit in when you are a standout?"  Joe Budden (Rapper)


"like I never used to run away into the blackness, now lets pretend like it was all good, like i didn’t live staring in a notebook "

B.O.B. reflects on feelings of depression reveling that his music is his therapy. His escape from his troubles. So even if he never achieved the success he now has, he would still dream.

Hidden Wisdom

Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.  ~Twyla Tharp

Many teenagers and young adults battle depression, which in some cases lead to suicide. If these teenagers were to put their energy in what they are passionate about they could in a sense escape their everyday problems. By releasing what troubles them, through art for some or through athletics for others. Both are great ways of relieving emotions of grief, anger, sadness etc.

Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.  ~Pablo Picasso 

[B.o.B - Verse 2]

Okay lets pretend like this never happened (never)
like I never had dreams of being a rapper (rapper)
like I didn’t write raps up in all of my classes
like I never used to run away into the blackness
now lets pretend like it was all good (good) like i didn’t live staring in a notebook (notebook)
like I did the things that i probably knew i should (should)
but I ain't have neighbours that's why they call it hood (hood yeah)
now lets pretend like i ain't got a name before they ever call me BOB aka Bobby ray
i’m talking back before the mixtapes (yeah) before the videos and the deals and the fame
before the ever once compared me to Andre before i ever got on Myspace
before they ever noticed my face so lets just pretend and make wishes out of airplanes



In the beginning of his verse on Airplanes Part 2, Eminem addresses his insecurity towards his abilities. Stating if he had let his insecurities become weak excuses he would never be in the position that he is now. He addresses his critics jeers by rapping "Marshall you never gone make it, makes no sense to play the game it ain't no way that'll you win".

Hidden Wisdom in These Lyrics

You can't win, if you don't play the game.

Eminem's Verse

"Lets Pretend Marshall Mathers never picked up a pen
Lets pretend things wouldve been no different
Pretend people procrastinated had no motivation
Pretend he just made excuses that was so paper thin they could blow away wit the wind
Marshall you never gone make it, makes no sense to play the game it aint no way thatll you win" Eminem

Eminem's Verse

he wasn’t socially awkward and just strange as a kid
he had a father and his mother wasn’t crazy as sh-t
and he never dreamed he could rip stadiums and just lazy as sh-t
f-ck a talent show in a gymnasium bitch you won’t amount to sh-t quit daydreaming kid
you need to get your cranium checked you thinking like an alien it just ain’t realistic
now pretend they ain’t just make him angry with this sh-t and there was no one he could even aim when he’s pissed it
and his alarm went off to wake him off but he didn’t make it to the rap Olympics slept through his plane and he missed it
he’s gon’ have a hard time explaining to Hailey and Laney these food stamps and this WIC sh-t
cuz he never risked shit he hopes and he wished it but it didn’t fall in his lap so he ain’t even here
he pretends that…


An outcast with a dream of becoming a rapper. Ridiculed by his peers and far from accepted. Eminem let's the listener know he would be nothing he he had never believed in his self and taken a risks.

Hidden Wisdom

"The person who gets the farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The sure-thing boat never gets far from shore." -Dale Carnegie 


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      5 years ago

      This is one of my favorite songs. I prefer Part 1 though--I don't like all of Eminem's obscene language.

    • Drew Breezzy profile imageAUTHOR

      Drew Breezzy 

      7 years ago from somewhere in my mind

      Thanks onrea! I appreciate it!

    • onrea profile image


      7 years ago from Rochester, NY

      Love it! There are plenty of positive messages in hip hop and this song in particular. People have to listen with an open mind. Great analysis!

    • nikitha p profile image

      nikitha p 

      8 years ago from India

      Wow nice hub, thanks for a nice hub.

    • SaveHipHopMusic profile image


      8 years ago from Bronx,NYC

      Love iT!!!!!!!! Nice work!!!!

    • Drew Breezzy profile imageAUTHOR

      Drew Breezzy 

      8 years ago from somewhere in my mind

      Thanks y'all

    • newguccimane profile image


      8 years ago

      Nice hub. Great concept, analysis and song. I look forward to reading more of these positive rap message hubs from you. I really liked the added non-rap quotes as well. Great job my dude!

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      8 years ago

      I can sense your passion for rap music. And that is good. Seems like you love rap music and had enjoyed sharing your thoughts about how each line in their lyrics deliver the messages. Thanks for sharing! :)

      Anyway, for added information on music or music especially from UK, be sure to check out


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