A rising young R&B talent with silky vocals and prodigious skills as an emcee, Eric Bellinger returns to the national forefront with his new mixtape Eric B. For President: Term 1. Premiered today by VIBE, the mixtape is a potent fusion of Hip-Hop and R&B, featuring sensuous bedroom jams like “Remind Her” alongside street rap bangers such as “Snappin’ and Trappin’.” An accomplished songwriter with a Grammy win and an endorsement from Barack Obama, the Compton-born artist named the mixtape as a salute to “Eric B. Is President,” the classic track from Eric B. & Rakim’s iconic Paid in Full. Featuring appearances from RJ, 11:11, ARoc, and Phil Ade, who guests on the lavish Billboard-premiered album highlight “In My Prime”, Eric B. For President is a fully-realized artistic effort, showcasing Bellinger’s considerable talents with melody and providing an ideal soundtrack for this election season.
A talented athlete in high school, Bellinger turned down a scholarship from Division I football powerhouse USC to follow his musical passion, joining the R&B group AKNU and signing to Epic Records in the early ’00s. After AKNU disbanded, Eric, the grandson of “Rockin’ Robin” singer-songwriter Bobby Day, discovered his passion for songwriting. Under the tutelage of acclaimed songwriters such as J.R. Rotem and Rodney Jerkins, Bellinger racked up dozens of songwriting placements, including hits for Usher (“Lemme See”) and Justin Bieber (“Right Here), eventually earning a Grammy for working on Chris Brown’s F.A.M.E. Bellinger emerged as a solo artist in 2013 with his first mixtape The Rebirth, and hit his stride as a hitmaker with Cuffing Season, which peaked at #6 on the Billboard R&B Chart, and Cuffing Season Part 2, which included the hit radio single “Valet” featuring 2 Chainz and Fetty Wap. Earning over 10 million views on YouTube, Eric has established himself as a bonafide hitmaker as an artist and a songwriter, and he cements that rep with Eric B. For President: Term 1, available now on iTunes.
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