When you say Idris Elba you get the immediate attention of all the ladies. Elba did his thing in The Wire playing the role as Stringer Bell, this role took him to the HollyHood hall of fame giving him lifelong fans in the US.
Growing up in East London and starring in a famous soap opera there called Family Affairs, Elba also has a global fan base. There are even strong rumors that he could even be the next James Bond! (Really!)
So why the hell is he trying to do this music thing? Did Denzel ever try to put out a record?
Our advice to Elba comes too late. The actor has already released hip hop / RnB music and works as a DJ in the UK under the name Driis. Elba says that the music comes from the heart he’s not in it for the money.
“This year, I’m not going to work as an actor and I’m going to put my mind into music, It’s a progression thing with me. I want to make music but I don’t want to shove it down people’s throats. People are just barely getting to know me as an actor. But I do it from the heart, I’m not doing it for money — I just enjoy doing it.
“I’ve been asked to do lots of collaborations. I did something with Milk, which is a great band and an odd collaboration, I’ve done stuff with Jay-Z on his album American Gangster, so there’s bits and pieces that I’m just going to keep moving forward with.”
Jay Z? Really?
Elba will be playing Nelson Mandela in the biopic Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom. This film could easily blow the doors off his career. Co starring with Naomie Harris as his wife, the movie is based on the autobiography written in 1995 by Mandela himself. The film will be directed by Tom Hopper who’s done such historical films such as The King’s Speech and Les Miserables.
Once the offers and big budget film dollars start rolling in, DJing will be exactly what it is a hobby. For now if you want to listen to “Driis” on the 1’s and 2’s you can catch him at a club called Love & Liquor in the UK. His is currently working a 7 week gig.
Just in case you think I’m being a little harsh about his music – see for yourself.