(AllHipHop News) Eric B is the legendary DJ of the seminal rap duo Eric B & Rakim, but he is now turning to acting to expand his creative pallet.
It is not his first role as an actor, but it certainly shows he's got a considerable range. Eric B, born Eric Barrier, is one of the pillars of Hip-Hop with a bevy of credits as a writer and producer.
This was a new experience for him.
“Being on set is surreal. I swear they treat Tom Selleck like the real police commissioner. What an honor to be alongside such a legend: Magnum PI," Eric B told AllHipHop exclusively. "Wow. I can’t thank Donnie Wahlberg enough for this opportunity, really grateful. Being on The Goldberg’s last year really wet my appetite for acting and I’m grateful to Adam F. Goldberg and Louis “Uncle Louie” Gregory for that. I’m on a mission now.”
Eric's good friend and often collaborator, Louis “Uncle Louie” Gregory, stated that the audience is going to enjoy the budding actor.
“I think people are going to be very impressed with Eric B on Blue Bloods. He takes acting very seriously. He’s a member of the Screen Actor’s Guild and has been involved with TV for decades but this is a completely new lane for him," he said. "Being part of a drama that’s hugely successful is a tribute to his versatility and he is a value-added to mainstream media. I couldn’t be any prouder and as a former law enforcement leader who also happens to be involved in music and TV, this couldn’t be any better for me to get to witness!”
Eric B said this opportunity parallels some of his real-life successes. "Back in the day, I was at Madison Square Garden watching Run DMC perform and the next year I was on the stage," he explained. "One year I went to the set of 'Blue Bloods' next year I’m on the show as an actor."
Eric, Louie, and friends will celebrate tonight in Manhattan as they watch the DJ's debut. "Blue Bloods" airs at 10 PM/ 9 PM Central every Friday.
Below are some exclusive pictures of Eric B as a police officer.