Rob B: “Eleven-Eleven” Album Review

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The Earth is for the living.  Life is full of emotions that enables us as living creatures to embrace life with honesty, creativity, and enthusiasm.  Our feelings enliven us, within every cell of our body giving color and texture to our experiences.  Because, to feel the full range of emotions is like painting with a full diverse palette of assorted colors.  When feelings vanish, and one is emotionally flat, life hardly seems worth living. In fact, this gray state sometimes triggers suicidal thoughts or actions.  One male Artist is revolutionizing the music industry and giving each one of us a voice to end prejudice and segregation affording equality for all.  His birth name is Robert Antonio Zumaya and goes by the showbiz name Rob B.  He is a Mexican American, songwriter, model, actor and gay activist from San Diego, California.  His musical genre is Hip-Hop & Rap fused together.  Rob openly gay, identifies with audiences that face discrimination and rejection gives us a reason to live and heal ourselves through his music, and sex appeal.  

His latest Album Eleven-Eleven was released in 2016, is made up of 7 (seven) Tracks.  He manages to create his own “Style” that makes him a one of a kind act that is truly amazing in this overly competitive music industry.  His music is so powerful and soul-full it heals us of pain & sadness allowing us to break the chains that shackles us.   

Track # 6 “Gone”:  Is one for the most reflective and inspiring songs on the Album.  

As there are many things we fail to realize the true value of until they are missing from our lives.  Rob sings about this theme throughout the song and truly sends that message to us.  Here is a good example; lets for example think of technology, the Internet and your cell phone. You do not realize how vital your cell phone is to your life until you have to go days without it.  His lyrics tells us enjoy the little things in life because someday you will realize they will be gone. Too many times people don’t realize what they have because they are out there looking for something better. The problem is that when they do realize it, they will come crawling back. Everyone falls into the trap that the grass is always greener on the other side.  Rob reminds us in his lyrics through his message that people make mistakes, it’s part of human nature. Sometimes space makes people appreciate things they once had. You need to make it clear that you forgive one time, and one time only, and if this is what you truly want.

Another powerful interpretation that comes to mind from this Track is that you don’t have what you have until it’s gone.  Why do we often take for granted the very things that deserve our gratitude the most? We do this with both people and possessions. The problem is many people do not realize this until the situation has come and passed. We take things for granted on a daily basis, always with the assumption that whenever we need something, it will be there. This Track is so uplifting it will make you realize what this life on earth is truly about.  


Track #7 “Closer to my dreams”:  Is another of my favorite Tracks on the Album.  

As Rob’s messages through lyrics reminds us about how long will you keep thinking about something in life you want to do without actually doing it?  How long will you keep daydreaming about backpacking across South-East Asia when you haven’t even traveled to any place there?  The world is full of people who want to live their dreams someday. All these people are miserable, whereas the happy people are already living their dreams. What separates these people from the rest is that we get so caught up in planning and analyzing everything that we forget to actually do it.   

I highly recommend this Album, as this Artist remains a strong role model; for all man-kind especially the Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual, Transgendered and Queer communities.  I am very honored to watch this male artist spread the love of his music and artful with the entire world as he remains true and open to himself as an openly gay man.  

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Cory Melancon

Excellent review