Bobby Ray Simmons, Jr. born November 15, 1988 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Less than a month later, his family moved to Decatur, Georgia. When he was in high school, he played trumpet for the band in his school. Although his parents wanted him to continue his studies, Simmons decided to pursue a music career in 6th grade. In his teenage years, Simmons was influenced by Atlanta hip-hop music, and he chose the stage name for I’m BoB as a tribute to Outkast’s song.