Olurotimi Akinosho better known by his stage name, Rotimi is gearing up for the fourth season of Power. His character, Dre, who was introduced in season 2, has had a huge story arc thus far, but his biggest development is yet to come. He went from being a small time dope boy to legit manager of a night club, but he still has his foot in the streets. (Spoiler Alert) With Ghost now behind bars, there is more opportunity for Rotimi’s character to grow and rise to power this upcoming season. Is Dre the new Ghost? VH1 caught up with the actor-singer to discuss all things Power and what’s next for his character Dre.
“Courtney [Agboh], the creator of the show, said that it’s the rise of Dre,” he tells us. “He becomes a baby Ghost in a way, but you don’t know which way he’s going. You don’t know if it’s the legit Ghost or the evil Ghost. It’s really interesting to see how it plays out.”
Rotimi also opens about how he relates to Dre on a personal level.
“I can relate to Dre solely for the reason that he wants to be the best,” he states. In my field, you either want to be great or you shouldn’t be doing it. So I have the same kind of vibe and mindset where I have to get it how I’m going to get it and I’m going to walk hard to get there.”
Later in the interview, the Power star reveals how he met 50 Cent and his mentor relationship with T.I.
“Me and Fif’s relationship happened organically. I knew Fif from Power, but we started working together musically three or four months after I signed on,” he reveals.
Regarding T.I., “he was the first major celebrity and artist to take a chance on me.” T.I. actually offered him a label deal at Grand Hustle, but Rotimi “wasn’t personally ready for it.” He continues, “He took that chance to be like ’Ro, you got it.’ I’m forever grateful for him, and it’s cool that it came back full circle. It just made sense for him to be on my first major release with 50 Cent and him.”
Watch the full interview with Rotimi above.