As a talented multi-hyphenate, Rotimi is leading a new era of game changers.
The singer-songwriter and actor is best known for his role as “Dre” on Starz Network critically acclaimed series, Power.
Born and raised in Maplewood, New Jersey, Rotimi is no stranger to the spotlight, winning Apollo Theater’s “Amateur Night” twice at the mere age of 15. He then joined a group with Hip Jay-Z’s nephews and had the opportunity to perform for the Hip Hop mogul himself during his senior year of high school. Rotimi always had a strong passion for the performing arts. While at Northwestern University, in pursuit of his Bachelor of Science in Communications and Business, he began to explore a career in acting.
Since then, Rotimi has kept busy expanding his career and building a consistently growing fan base. Rotimi landed his first acting role on Starz critically acclaimed series, “Boss” for two seasons, which also starred Kelsey Grammer, Sanaa Lathan, and rapper T.I. He has also had re-occurring roles in Betrayal on ABC and Battle Creek on CBS. Rotimi is currently a regular on Starz’s record breaking hit series, POWER, playing the character “Dre” alongside Omari Hardwick and Executive Producer, 50 Cent.
Jumping into the big screen, Rotimi made his debut in Fox Searchlight’s 2013 Christmas movie, “Black Nativity” as officer McDaniels opposite of Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, and Jennifer Hudson to name a few. Rotimi later appeared in Divergent with Ashley Judd, Kate Winslet, Zoe Kravitz and Tony Goldwyn. He later co-starred in the film, Imperial Dreams that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2014 with co-stars Keke Palmer and Jon Boyega. Slated for 2017 releases, Deuces featuring Lance Gross, Meagan Good and Larenz Tate; and “Burning Sands” a and Imperial Dreams all Netflix original films. In addition to acting accolades, Rotimi has made cameos in music videos for Keyshia Cole, T.I., Keke Palmer and Pusha T’s short film, “Darkest Before Dawn”.
Philanthropy has always been a huge part of Rotimi’s life, specifically education, health and wellness. In 2016, he has actively participated in numerous charitable organizations. Some highlights include participating in the Yankees organization’s Hope Week with Alex Rodriguez, Nathan Eovaldi, and Aaron Hicks surprising young fans with Yankee’s themed room makeovers. Rotimi also spoke at the South Bronx Job Corps in New York City to students about the importance in higher education – a cause that is near and dear to Rotimi. He later hosted the United Negro College Fund Walkathon in NYC, spoke at a Harlem Grown fundraiser event, an organization that inspires youth to live healthy and ambitious lives through mentorship and hands on education in urban farming and nutrition. Rotimi also hosted a dozen of Fresh Empire events for New Jersey and NYC teens – the organization promotes a tobacco free lifestyle for adolescent teens.
While Rotimi has a thriving career as a television star, he is also excelling in his music career. Rotimi’s single “Lotto,” featuring his co-star 50 Cent, it amassed over 5 million plays on Soundcloud and hit top #30 on urban mainstream charts. Billboard, Complex, XXL, Vibe and Karen Civil are just a few of the publications the single has been featured on.
As a contemporary R&B artist, Rotimi released four stellar digital music projects, “The Resume” (2011), “While You Wait” (2012), “Royal Wednesday” (2015) and “Summer Bangerz” (2016). In 2012, “Rotimi” and “Beautiful Music” became trending worldwide on Twitter after BET’s ‘106 & Park’ featured Rotimi as their spotlight artist. Rotimi is now gearing up to release his latest single, “Nobody” featuring 50 Cent and T.I. as well as an EP in Spring 2017.