Will Smith is looking out for another West Philly native … Empire star Bryshere Gray. HipHollywood caught up with Smith at the premiere of his latest film Focus where he told us he’s been mentoring Bryshere on how to take his career to the next level. So what advice has he given the 21-year-old rapper turned actor?
“He’s surrounded by a whole lot of strength and a whole lot of love so as long as he adds discipline he’ll be alright,” said Smith whose personal bodyguard Charlie Mack is also watching over Gray.
And Gray is heeding the advice and is quite thankful. “Its like Uncle Will, who is better to give you advice … he’s the greatest and it’s making me well prepared to work with Taraji and Terrence Howard.”
On Fox’s Empire Bryshere plays Hakeem Lyons, a rising hip hop star, and the youngest son of Lucious and Cookie Lyons. Off screen, Bryshere goes by the name Yazz The Greatest and has opened for artists like Fabolous and 2 Chainz.