Eric Bellinger – EBFP: An Acoustic Experience
The Compton-Born R&B Empresario Reveals a Different Side of His Latest EP, Eric B. For President: Term 1
Critical Praise for Eric Bellinger:
“Sharing the genetic pool with his grandfather, Bobby Day – R&B singer, and songwriter for groups like the Jackson 5 – Eric is R&B’s most gifted songwriter.” – The Lunch Table
“Eric Bellinger is an up-and-coming R&B singer who has tons of talent and could make some waves very soon.” – Complex
“Eric Bellinger—the Los Angeles singer/songwriter whose single with Problem, “I Don’t Want Her,” made waves last year—fits somewhere between Ty Dolla $ign’s of-the-moment snap and Ne-Yo’s oh-so-earnest mid-’00s R&B.” – FADER
“If you’re single or trying to find signs of love in the world, Eric Bellinger will make you believe in love again.” – Singersroom
A respected singer-songwriter with a Grammy Award to his name, Eric Bellinger walks the fine line between street realism and R&B classicism. His most recent project, Eric B For President: Term 1, was a potent fusion of Hip-Hop and R&B, with several guest rappers and some trap-style production. Today, Eric releases EBFP: An Acoustic Experience, a re-interpretation of that EP, stripping down the project’s songs to their bare essence and revealing a core of quality songwriting, silky vocals, and clever lyricism. Accompanied only by acoustic guitar and gorgeous self-harmonies, EBFP: An Acoustic Experience adds additional tenderness to love songs such as “Remind Her” and “One of Them,” and transforms bangers such as “Snappin & Trappin” and “My Check” into lilting, sensual slow jams. Premiered by HipHopDX and featuring guest appearances from RJ, ARoc, and 11:11, EBFP affirms Eric’s position as one of the most talented, versatile artists in the world of R&B.
Eric explains his decision to record an acoustic version of his EP: “I’m an R&B artist first but I know Eric B For President: Term 1 was a very hip-hop driven project. I felt as if I needed to do some more edgy urban songs just so people knew I was capable of that type of sound as well, but I still wanted to release the project in a way that my core fan base would be able to vibe with. I’m a huge fan of the acoustic guitar. There were a lot of insane beats on the project: crazy snares, baselines, ambient sounds that may have left some of my vocals and intricate harmonies in each of the songs hidden. I knew that if I stripped down the production for EBFP, An Acoustic Experience, it would make people focus in on the vocals and lyrics. I’m a big fan of the acoustic guitar.”
Eric shares his thoughts on today’s presidential inauguration: “I know our country is in a crazy place right now with the recent election of Donald Trump. I’m doing my best to give an an alternative outlook on things through my music. Trying to stay as positive as possible, distracting the culture from the mockery of events that have been taking place… no different than what our government does when they draw attention to things in the media to distract us.”
Beyond Eric B For President: Term 1, Eric Bellinger released several quality tracks, covers, and videos towards the end of 2016. Eric flexed his acoustic muscles back in November when he covered Drake‘s “Fake Love” for a loose video, accompanied by the guitar stylings of Adam Hayman, and again in January when he unplugged DJ Snake & Justin Bieber‘s “Let Me Love You.” Shortly following the 2016 election, Eric dropped a two-for-one video for “G.O.A.T.” and “In My Prime,” which found the Compton born singer running a dirty campaign for office in California. In December, Eric shared his “E-Mix” of Rae Sremmurd‘s number one hit “Black Beatles,” rearranging the trap anthem into sweetly-sung R&B. Eric also made his mark on the holiday season, releasing the naughty and nice “Sex For Christmas.” Born and raised in Compton, Eric Bellinger turned down a football scholarship from USC to focus on music. Over the past six years, Eric has been one of the industry’s most respected hitmakers for himself and others, writing for stars such as Usher, Justin Bieber, and Selena Gomez, culminating in a Grammy Award win for his work on Chris Brown‘s F.A.M.E. With over 10 million YouTube views on his solo tracks, Eric scored several radio hits including 2015’s “Valet“ featuring 2 Chainz and Fetty Wap. Last week, ThisisRnB premiered the visual for Eric’s “Sometimes,” in which he shows off his sensitive side in a hillside L.A. mansion.
Buy EBFP: An Acoustic Experience: https://itunes.
Listen to the project on SoundCloud: https://
Check out the HHDX premiere: http://hiphopdx.com/
Listen to Eric B For President: Term 1: https://soundcloud.com/
Eric Bellinger Background:
Over the last 6 years, Eric Bellinger has become one of the music industry’s most sought after songwriters while also proving himself to be equally talented as a singer and a rapper. Seamlessly fusing smooth and retro R&B melodies with edgy hip-hop, Bellinger, the grandson of “Rockin Robin” songwriter Bobby Day, has earned the reputation as quick yet intuitive songwriter. Having collaborated with Grammy-winning songwriter/producers J.R. Rotem and Rodney Jerkins, the Compton, California native has quickly racked up more than 80 song placements just in the last two years alone, writing for Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Usher, Trey Songz, Jennifer Hudson, The Game, and Janelle Monae. He has scored hits with his songwriting for Justin Bieber (“Right Here,”) Usher (“Lemme See,”) and Chris Brown (“Fine China.”) His work with Brown, specifically his contributions to Brown’s album F.A.M.E., also earned him a Grammy award. Following 10 years of being in singing groups, the former church boy singer formally stepped out as a solo artist in 2013, steadily churning out a series of well-regarded mixtapes. Working with artists including 2 Chainz, Kid Ink, Mya, Ty Dolla $ign, and Sage the Gemini, Bellinger quickly found success as a solo artist, selling out his U.K. tour, getting his independent label YFS distributed by Lyor Cohen’s 300 Entertainment, and amassing over 10 million views on YouTube. Bellinger has come full circle as a triple-threat talent, simultaneously forging a burgeoning solo career while further cementing his reputation as one of R&B and pop music’s top go-to writers.
EBFP: An Acoustic Experience: https://soundcloud.com/ericbellinger/sets/eric-b-for-president-term-1
“Black Beatles”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrrKiFeRR1g
“G.O.A.T./In My Prime”: https://youtu.be/1j6e1tx8L_w
“Fake Love”: https://youtu.be/DuhwDoE0uNg
“In My Prime”: https://soundcloud.
“Valet” ft. 2 Chainz & Fetty Wap: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkAm_BUF3wQ
“I Don’t Want Her” ft. Problem: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcI56Q00yp8
“Focused On You” ft. 2 Chainz: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BXSVCNJ9oI
Cuffing Season Pt. 2: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/cuffing-season-pt.-2/id1060704988
Cuffing Season: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/cuffing-season/id1018590532