In an Instagram post after the release of his latest album, Eazy Call, being his first project to break the Billboard 200, he posted: "I've been extremely patient with my artistry...I always knew my time would come. Never forced it, never rushed it, so that when it was my turn the music would sound as polished as it does."
Eric gets to be humble, but I'm going to declare why he deserves to be freed from the title "underrated" and be widely recognized in the game.
His pen game has boosted many careers
Before Eric became a solo artist, he was the songwriter behind some of the biggest names of R&B such as Brandy ("Without You"), Usher ("Lemme See"), Trey Songz ("Disrespectful") and Chris Brown ("New Flame", "Fine China"). He won a Grammy for writing for arguably Brown's best album, F.A.M.E.
Name a more consistent artist
His first release was in 2013 with his mixtape series, Born II Sing, which was a three part series. His debut album, The Rebirth, was followed by Cuffing Season Part 1 & 2. In the span of five years, Eric has dropped 14 projects. Quality projects to be exact and he's already back in the studio after Eazy Call.
One of the few real male R&B artists left
There has been a shift of the popularity of alternative R&B or as some like to call it, "mumble R&B". Eric has stuck to the blueprint of real R&B: powerful & babymaking vocals, silky harmonies and lyrics that either have you seeking love or falling deeper into it. But, he has his own personal twist and found the perfect formula of incorporating old school into new school.
Eric stands out as an artist from even just his songwriting alone with its pure emotion, depth and authenticity. He makes feel-good music that can appeal to all ages with his precise usage of samples. Contrary to popular belief, he's the master of remixing throwbacks.
If you haven't already, make sure to check out Eazy Call below!