Lamont Hill on the left and rapper B.o.B on the right.
Marc Lamont Hill or Dr. Marc Lamont Hill better known as simply Lamont Hill who was born December 17th1978 is an American academic, journalist, author, activist, and television personality. He currently serves as an Associate Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University. Hill is also an affiliated faculty member in African American Studies at the Institute for Research in African American Studies at Columbia University. He hosts the nationally syndicated television show Our World with Black Enterprise and online HuffPost Live. Lamont Hill is also a BET News correspondent and a CNN political commentator. Lamont Hill is one of the leading hip-hop generation intellectuals in the country. His work, which covers topics such as culture, politics, and education, has appeared in numerous journals, magazines, books, and anthologies. Lamont Hill has lectured widely and provides regular commentary for media outlets like NPR, Washington Post, Essence Magazine, and the New York Times. Lamont Hill is an award-winning writer, columnist and editor-at-large for the Philadelphia Daily News. In 2009, Lamont Hill joined the faculty of Columbia University as Associate Professor of Education at Teachers College. He currently holds an affiliated faculty appointment in African American Studies at the Institute for Research in African American Studies at Columbia University. Since his days as a youth in Philadelphia, Lamont Hill has been a social justice activist and organizer. He is a founding board member of My5th, a non-profit organization devoted to educating youth about their legal rights and responsibilities. He is also a board member and organizer of the Philadelphia Student Union. Lamont Hill also works closely with the ACLU Drug Reform Project, focusing on drug informant policy. In addition to his political work, Lamont Hill continues to work directly with African American and Latino youth. In 2001, he started a literacy project that uses hip-hop culture to increase school engagement and reading skills among high school students. He also continues to organize and teach adult literacy courses for high school dropouts in Philadelphia and Camden. In 2005, Ebony Magazine named him one of America’ top 30 Black leaders under 30 years old. In 2011, Ebony named him one of America’s 100 most influential Black leaders. Lamont Hill or Dr. Hill is the author of two books: Beats, Rhymes, and Classroom Life: Hip-Hop Pedagogy and the Politics of Identity and The Classroom and the Cell: Conversations on Black life in America. He is also co-editor of three books: Media, Learning, and Sites of Possibility; Schooling Hip-Hop: New Directions in Hip-Hop Based Education; and The Anthropology of Education Reader. He is currently completing two manuscripts: Knowledge of Self: Race, Masculinity, and the Politics of Reading; and First Class Jails/Second Class Schools: Education in the Age of Incarceration.
B.o.B is a rapper from Decatur, Georgia. He was born Bobby Ray Simmons, Jr. on November 15th 1988. In 2006, B.o.B was discovered by Brian Richardson, who then brought him to TJ Chapman, who then brought him to American record producer Jim Jonsin. After hearing his music, Jonsin subsequently signed B.o.B to his Rebel Rock Entertainment imprint. A couple of years later, Jonsin and B.o.B signed a joint venture deal with Atlantic and American rapper T.I.’s Grand Hustle Records. B.o.B quickly rose to fame after his commercial debut single “Nothin’ on You”, reached number one in both the United States and the United Kingdom. He would later release his third single “Airplanes”, which also topped several music charts. His fifth single “Magic”, became his third top ten hit on the Billboard Hot 100. B.o.B‘s debut studio album The Adventures of Bobby Ray, which was preceded by two extended plays (EPs) and several mixtapes, was released on April 27, 2010. The album reached number one on the US Billboard charts and was eventually certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Later that year, B.o.B was named the ninth “Hottest MC in the Game of 2010” by MTV, on their annual list. B.o.B released his second studio album Strange Clouds, on May 1, 2012. Strange Clouds spawned six singles, four of which charted exceptionally well internationally. The song “Strange Clouds”, the album’s eponymous lead single, became his fourth top ten hit on the Billboard Hot 100. The singles “So Good”, “Both of Us” and “Out of My Mind”, followed behind, with the former two being certified platinum by the RIAA. The album itself debuted at number five on the Billboard 200. His third album Underground Luxury, was released in December 2013 and supported by the lead single “We Still in This Bitch”. B.o.B is currently working on the Grand Hustle compilation album and is set to release an EP which will only include rock music, as well as a collaborative album with his Grand Hustle label-boss T.I., all in the near future. In 2013 B.o.B was featured on a T.I. single called Memories Back Then (feat. Kendrick Lamar, B.o.B. & Kris Stephens).
Lamont Hill or Dr.Lamont Hill and Hip Hop rapper B.o.B look alike. These Black/ African American men have brown skin, a goatee and are low trimmed hair cuts.