Taking inspiration from this year’s historic 2016 election and rap legends Eric B. & Rakim, R&B singer/songwriter Eric Bellinger is rolling out his own campaign with the forthcoming mixtape Eric B. for President: Term One.
“Eric B for President has been a title that has stuck with me my whole life lol,” the singer/songwriter tells Billboard over email. “Eric B & Rakim were 2 of rap music’s most coveted pioneers. They opened doors for generations of artists to prosper in this industry. This is my way of saying thank you and providing physical proof that they made a difference.” He adds, “Plus with this project being more Hip Hop driven and a campaign that could potentially put the first female president in office, it was only right. I felt it was necessary to raise awareness amongst the culture using my voice to support what’s right for the masses.”
For the project’s first single “In My Prime” featuring Phil Ade, Bellinger pats himself on the back for his hard work, singing, “I’m in my prime/ I remember those days when a n—a wasn’t big enough.” Over the past year, he’s released the projects Eventually as well as Cuffing Season parts one and two. “Some say quality over quantity,” he offers. “I say quality AND quantity. You can never get enough of a great thing.”
Eric B. for President: Term One will arrive on Sept. 9. Till then, bump “In My Prime” and peep the track list below.
1. Snappin & Trappin (Prod. by Beazy Times)
2. My Check (Prod. by The Nominees)
3. G.O.A.T. Feat. ARoc (Prod. by Sleep Deez & Qorey Cail)
4. Sometimes (Prod. by Soufwest)
5. One Of Them Feat. 11:11 (Prod. by DZL)
6. Drive By (Prod. by Ayo)
7. Remind Her Feat. RJ (Prod. by Habib)
8. In My Prime Feat. Phil Ade (Prod. by DJ Money & Cleva Keys)