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Eric Bellinger stopped through The Cruz Show to talk his newly released album ‘The Rebirth 2’, experiencing his music and live tour in virtual reality, shares his opinions about the current controversies surrounding the late Michael Jackson and R. Kelly and much more.
What may seem like a page taken out of his friend Chris Brown’s book, Bellinger’s new 32-track featured album is nothing new for the R&B singer. The Rebirth 2 project is a long-standing album that is a culmination of recordings over the years and is the follow-up to the first installment which dropped exactly five years ago. Sticking to the same formula, TR2 has been in the works for quite some time and while Eric has established relationships with friends like Chris Brown, he’s recruited some big names for the album including the iconic Mase.
Speaking on his album features, Eric mentions that the organic feature with the Florida rapper was all about the vibe during their studio session. Not putting pressure on the project and collab, Eric shared the experience of working with the former Bad Boy lyricist stating that the established vibe assisted in creating an effortless song.
As the singer has released his VR highlighted album, Eric is also looking to level up his personal life when it comes to expanding his family, with a baby on the way, his personal space, and his work ethic. Eric mentions, “I’m all about beating myself. Competing with myself…Because if I’m worried about other people, that’s way back there, I’m completely not even doing myself the service I deserve.”
Bellinger tells the Morning show his stance on the R. Kelly controversy and how he subconsciously had to make a decision about the situation during a live concert.
You know it’s interesting because I did, and didn’t know. When I got to a performance that I had, there’s some songs that I got some remakes of his songs. And, I didn’t realize it. So I get up and I’m like, “It’s unbeli-,” and I had to say, “Yo can we stop?” and just go to the next song. It just didn’t feel right. At least if I’m going to back a decision, let me be all the way clear, you know? And, I feel like stopping, isn’t bad or good. It’s just like, I’ll figure that out when we get to it. But as of now, I don’t want to do his songs.
Eric moves on to comment about Michael Jackson’s controversy, saying, “You know, with Mike, it’s like, he can’t even defend himself. He was already proved innocent, you know. These guys were accused of trying to go after the money.”
Peep the full interview below and see what Eric Bellinger had to say about his friendship with Chris Brown and what his fans can look forward to with his upcoming tour plans.