Popularly known as Rotimi, christened Olurotimi Akinosho is a Nigerian American multi-talented singer, songwriter, actor and model. He’s popular for his role as Darius Morrison on the Starz Networks’s Boss and currently stars as Dre on 50 Cents Power.
Rotimi was born in New Jersey, United States of America to Nigerian parents; a Banker Yoruba father and a Civil Servant Igbo mother. He attended Columbia High School where he became a prominent member of the school’s basketball team and choral group.
At the age of 17 Rotimi was asked by Jay-Z to sing for him. Jay Z told him that with time he will be a wreck to mess with. Rotimi began spending studio time with Jay-Z and spent most of free time learning the rudiments of the music industry.
Having promised his parents he would go to college. Although he knew he was close to his big break, he decided to put music on hold temporarily and proceeded to Northwestern University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and a minor in Business in 2010 before really pursuing his career.
As an actor, Rotimi clinched his debut acting role on ‘Boss’ as drug dealer Darius Morrison. He also appeared on ABC’s ‘Betrayal’. Starred in ‘Black Nativity’ and ‘Imperial Dreams’. He also appeared on the high grossing film ‘Divergent’. He was also added to the cast of Starz’ TV series ‘Power’ as a series regular, where he played the role of Dre, the highly agitated and quick tempered young protégé of “50 Cent” Curtis’s character. He also got a role on ‘Battle Creek’ as Danny. He’s on yet to be released films, ‘Deuces’ and ‘Burning Sands’ where he played Face and Edwin respectively.
As a recording artist, Rotimi thrives in the contemporary R&B genre, and between modeling and acting, he has recorded several songs and released two digital mix-tapes in 2011, titled “The Resume” and “While You Wait”. His videos have also been featured on U.S. based and international media outfit such as MTV, MTV Base and VH1 Soul.
He has equally graced several stages, opening for Jennifer Hudson, T.I., Estelle and NERD. He equally performed on BET’s show ‘106 and Park’ and appeared as a cameo in Keyshia Cole’s music video “Trust and Believe” as Cole’s unfaithful boyfriend.
Having garnered music placement with “I’m the One” on the first episode of “Boss”, in 2015, Rotimi was signed by American rapper and executive producer of Power, ‘50 Cent’ to his label G-Unit. He has released his official-Unit single “Lotto” featuring 50 Cent.In 2016, Rotimi released “Doing It”, a single from his 5-track EP rotation, which promises to be the bomb when it’s released.
Rotimi who is the founder and CEO of FrontRoSeat Productions is also a model and was the lead model/spoke person for the Grammy Award winning rapper T.I.’s AKOO Clothing in its 2012 summer campaign.