Actor Omar “Big O” Gooding, younger brother to Academy Award-winning star Cuba Gooding, Jr., has signed a deal with Koch Entertainment as a rapper.
Gooding, known for his role as “Sweetpea” in John Singleton’s Baby Boy as well as his several appearances in such television shows as “Hanging With Mr. Cooper,” “Smart Guy” and “Barbershop,” has released his first single on the label, called “Yessur.”
The as-yet-untitled project will be released in conjunction with West Coast Mafia Records. As of press time no further details have been revealed.
Gooding joins a long list of actors turned rappers. His “Baby Boy” co-star Tyrese Gibson, took up rapping under the alias of Black-Ty on the second half of his 2006 double album Alter Ego, while several members of hit HBO show “The Wire” are also known to rhyme. Other notable thespian rappers include Old School’s Rick Gonzalez and ATL’s Albert Daniels, who goes by the rap name Al Be Back [peep his XXL feature here]. – Jesse Gissen