Contemporary R&B songwriter and singer Eric Bellinger is the grandson of -- a musician most well-known for the 1958 number two hit "Rockin' Robin." A Compton, California native, Bellinger starred as a running back on his high school football team and was offered a scholarship to play for and attend the University of Southern California. Around the same time, the label presented him with a recording contract. Bellinger opted to go with music, but his career advanced more as a songwriter than an artist. From 2009 through 2013, he co-wrote dozens of songs for high-profile artists, including two cuts on 's Grammy-winning F.A.M.E., 's "Without You," and 's "Right Here." Two of his biggest hits came with 's "Lemme See," which reached number two on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, and 's "Fine China," a number ten R&B/Hip-Hop hit.
Meanwhile, Bellinger worked on solo material, such as In the Meantime and the three-volume Born II Sing series of mixtapes. In 2014, he released The ReBirth with appearances from past collaborator , , and . Among its several singles were the /-sampling "I Don't Want Her" (featuring ) and "9 Lives" (featuring Too Short and ). In the run-up to the release of his anticipated follow-up, Bellinger issued the pre-album teaser mixtape Choose Up Season before announcing the release of Cuffing Season in 2015. A second part was issued just a few months later. Bellinger returned in 2016 with the mainly acoustic-sounding EP Eric B for President: Term 1. The more varied-sounding follow-up Term 2 appeared at the beginning of 2017.
The following year saw the release of his third studio long-player, Eazy Call, the title of which was derived from his "It's Eazy" ad lib. In September 2018, Bellinger and rapper A.D. released the collaborative album Nine as Poncho Belly & Dizzle. After closing out his year with the holiday single "Kisses on Christmas," he returned in early 2019 with the double album The Rebirth 2, which included the hit "Type a Way" featuring and OG Parker. A second full-length, Saved by the Bellinger, appeared in September of that year and was followed two months later by Cuffing Season 3.