Everybody by Bentley, Andre3000 and Kanye West

Fonzworth Bentley, P Diddy's erstwhile bowtie'n'umbrella butler (or P.A., as we like to call them these days) and now suave R&B dude/MTV star, has finally made his long-awaited debut (or Derek Watkins, to his mama).

Bentley has been in the works for a few years and is the ultimate rags to riches tale. We didn't see Benson or Mr. Belvedere collaborating with Andre 3000 and Kanye, did we? (Did I miss that?)

C.O.L.O.U.R.S., which stands for "Cool Outrageous Lovers of Uniquely Raw Style," will be released on Kanye's GOOD Music label shortly, and this first single is a preview of what's to come. Surprisingly, this butler is a natural performer.

About Bentley

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Bentley was raised by his mother in a single-parent household. After dropping out of high school, he began working odd jobs before eventually finding himself as a personal assistant to Sean "Diddy" Combs. It was during this time that Bentley developed a strong interest in fashion, finally launching his own line of menswear.

Some people (myself included) might realize Bentley for his work in the 2004 film, The Woodsman. But despite his few minutes on screen in the Kevin Bacon-led film, Bentley still managed to land a starring role alongside Queen Latifah, Jimmy Fallon, and actor/comedian DJ Qualls in the 2006 movie, Pursuit of Happyness.


Connections and Persona

He also has connections, like Kanye West, Andre 3000, and powerhouse producers Sa-Ra support him not only on "Everybody" but also in the fantastic video (see below). Sa-Ra is responsible for the production, which features a neo-soul song as hot as Bentley's outfit (yes, I think he's got insane style).

Using a speaking voice to deliver his words, he's not the best illustration of whether he can genuinely sing or not, and he's rapidly displaced by Dre's flow, who, unsurprisingly, nails it.

But it's 'Ye, who's left in the background to give backup harmonies and a minor hook on the chorus, who steals the show. I believe this is a true demonstration of his humility.

Interesting Story Linked with the Performance

Bentley, who has demonstrated his mentoring abilities with the competitors of MTV's From G's to Gents, is searching for 15 new G's to take under his wing for a second season, which will begin taping later this year's debut at the beginning of 2009.

The G who makes it all the way to the conclusion of the competition will receive $100,000, membership in The Gentleman's Club, and the skills to flourish in the real world.

Advance Your Swagger: How to Use Manners, Confidence, and Style to Get Ahead, Fonzworth Bentley's first book, based on the show, was released in 2007. Russell Simmons, one of Bentley's mentors, praised it, describing it as "the perfect book at the right moment written by the right man."



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