True Omari Hardwick fans know that the 43-year-old is not only a rising star in the acting world, but that he has a gift in the spoken word arena. He released his first project in 2002 called Return Of The Poet and has both hosted and performed on TV ONE's "Verses and Flow." His sophomore effort Later Decatur will be released this year and promises not to disappoint.
The Power actor teamed up with singer-songwriter Josiah Bell to release "Bloodshed" earlier this year which helped him cope with some very personal tragedies. "For a long time, I had been very secretive about a lot of things I'd been through personally, and a lot of that is purposeful...," he told VIBE.
Hardwick dealt with his father being shot six times, the shooting death of his brother, and the loss of his cousin to cancer in a span of just two years. "Bloodshed" was his way of working through the pain. “There’s a lot, and I don’t really know how to mourn that well, so perhaps I do it through art,” he said.
Later Decatur is being produced by industry heavyweights Raphael Saadiq, jazz musician Robert Glasper, and R&B singer Eric Robertson. Even though many emcees believe that Hardwick could make it big in the rap game, he is convinced that he has a different calling.
"I'm a poet. I was proud of that distinction between the two, not wanting to be the other. So, I think in terms of what God's call for me was, I think I was to pop in a world of visibility as an actor prior to audibility as a musician," he said.
Hardwick hasn't announced a release date for the new project, but don't despair! Until he does, you can catch him on the new season of 'Power' starting June 25.