Did any one know that Idris Elba is also a musician? Not just a weekend warrior, but a fully fledged DJ, rapper, and music producer. The 43-year-old star has won awards for his performances as an actor and also has plenty of musical material to his name, but he still feels people aren’t convinced of his tuneful talents.
“When someone who’s sort of respected as an actor changes lanes into music, people are like, ‘Whaaat?’ But that pressure challenges me,” he mentions. “I’m proud of both my character albums. They’re very different, but when people lay them next to each other, hopefully they’ll think, ‘Wow. Fair enough.’ I’m not doing this in a fly-by-night sort of way. I think when I release my third album, that’s when people will really start to see me as a musician and a producer.”
Elba fantasies about recording a hip-hop album hinting that it may be on the cards one day. For now he’s busy basking in the success of his Golden Globe and SAG nominations for best supporting actor thanks to his role in Beasts of No Nation, while his TV show Luther has landed him a Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie SAG nod.