By Jack Barnes
It’s a small world and all your friends know Eric Bellinger, one of the most respected young R&B singer/songwriters in the music industry. Like clockwork, Eric Bellinger returns with another signature cover, or “E-Mix,” this time lending his pipes to Rae Sremmurd‘s megahit “Black Beatles.” Posting up atop Lookout Mountain overlooking the city of Los Angeles and Laurel Canyon at sunset in the Cam Fairfax and Zach Burnett directed video, Eric provides his twist on Swae Lee’s infectious melody, adding impressive vocal runs and ad-libbing over SoufWest’s warmer interpretation of Mike Will Made It‘s beat. Enjoy this video stream below after the jump.
Premiered today by The FADER, Eric’s take on “Black Beatles” demonstrates his superior skills as an arranger, turning the rap banger into a smooth trap-soul ballad. Last month, Eric put his stamp on another rap hit, converting Drake‘s “Fake Love” into an acoustic slow jam.
“When I heard this joint, I knew it had potential to be a bonafide R&B hit as well. I’m pretty crazy at formatting songs, I’d say I’ve mastered the basics and know the 101 behind making a song be the best it can be. With lyrics like Swae’s ‘cream seats in the Regal / Rockin John Lennon lenses’ line, I was super hype to take this song to the next level, at least in my opinion, by highlighting their words and simply adding passion, pain, & clarity to each bar. I look at doing covers like that old MTV show ‘Pimp My Ride’ where they would lace someone’s car – this is like ‘Pimp My Song.’ I’m adding all kinds of stuff and messing around with the tempo, the beat, and melodies etc. I really enjoy giving people a different version of a song that they already love.”
Born and raised in Compton, Eric Bellinger turned down an athletic scholarship in USC to pursue a career in music. Over the past six years, Eric grew into a respected hitmaker for himself and others, writing for people 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, he released “Sex For Christmas,” a new naughty Christmas carol. In September, Eric released Eric B. For President: Term 1, a 9-track EP with a title inspired by Eric B. and Rakim. Featuring standout tracks such as “G.O.A.T.” and “In My Prime,” which Eric packaged together into a two-for-one music video, the VIBE-premiered Eric B. For President: Term 1 is currently available for purchase on iTunes and to stream on Soundcloud and Spotify.
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