You may not know Eric Bellinger’s name just yet, but chances are you know his music.
The L.A. bred singer got his start penning hits for Usher, Justin Beiber, Drake and Chris Brown … most recently, writing Brown’s new single, “Fine China”.
Hiphollywood caught up with Bellinger on the set of his video “ASAP” to talk about his own new single, and his upcoming album,Born To Sing Vol II. “I think ‘ASAP’ is more of a stamp, more of a grown and sexy like Usher type ‘Confessions’,” revealed Bellinger. “I was in the studio everyday aiming for that … these song people are going to be like, ‘Oh, he’s serious.'”
Bellinger has already released the video for the Janet Jackson inspired track, “Never be Lonely”, featuring Glee star, Amber Riley, and says he’s ready to take over R&B music. “You always hear people say when they hear other artists that they want that R&B sound back,” said Bellinger. “I’m never going to give people an opportunity to say that about my music.”
Check out what else Bellinger had to say below, and be sure to get his album Born To Sing Vol II when it hits stores and itunes April 15th.
Exclusive: The Bullet Scars That Will Forever Haunt Sheryl Lee Ralph’s Son, Etienne Maurice
Sheryl Lee Ralph shared a graphic photo on Instagram earlier this week of her son, Etienne Maurice, laying in a hospital bed bandaged up from bullet wounds. The purpose of the image was to be yet another voice calling to end gun violence.
On Wednesday, students across the country walked out of class to protest against gun violence, something that hit home for Ralph four years ago. “This mother wants #gunreform now! #guncontrol now,” she wrote.
It was during a night out in West Philadelphia that Ralph’s then 22-year-old child was robbed at gunpoint and shot three times; twice in the leg and one which grazed his forehead.
So as Ralph joined Wednesday’s national conversation about gun laws, HipHollywood talked exclusively with Etienne who shared exactly what went down the night a gun could have taken his life for good.
“I was shot four years ago, November 9 … I was black out drunk. The next thing I know I remember I woke up in the hospital, doctor said I had two bullet holes in my leg and a grazed bullet hole above my eyebrow.”
Maurice, who was robbed for his iPhone and his wallet, went on to tell us that this is something that he is reminded of constantly. “Having been shot is something that I carry with me every day. I still have numbness at the bottom of my leg from the nerve damage.”
And while he will always remember how he felt knowing his life almost ended, Etienne had a hard time fathoming how his famous mother felt. “We had the conversation about it last week and she said she peed on herself,” he told us.
For Maurice, he’s proud to see young children use their voices to make change. “There’s so many angles where we can talk about gun violence and how it’s effecting different communities,” he said. “Gun reform needs to take place now.”
Since that night, he hasn’t picked up a drink and has been now sober for four years. As for the suspects, a father-son duo, they are behind bars for attempted man slaughter.
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