News: Tom Hanks Gets Hip, Shows Support For Son's Rap Dream

Monday, Mar 12, 2012 8:53AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Hollywood veteran Tom Hanks is reportedly down for his son Chet Haze's dream of blowing up as a hip-hop artist as new reports claim he saw the rapper kick a few bars over the weekend.

According to reports, Hanks and his wife gave their son support at a local New York City nightclub.

Tom Hanks had a big night Saturday. The "Game Change" producer made a much-praised appearance on "Saturday Night Live," then headed to Greenhouse with his wife, Rita Wilson, early Sunday. According to a source at the nightclub, Tom and Rita entered through the side entrance to see their son, actor and rapper Chester Hanks -- a.k.a Chet Haze -- perform his song "Hollywood." (New York Daily News)

Last year, Haze spoke to SOHH and addressed managing a burgeoning rap career as the white offspring of a Hollywood actor.

"See man, the stereotypes, what they really come from is, I'm a white kid from the suburbs, from a well-to-do family, and that's about the last thing your average middle American thinks about when he thinks about hip-hop," Chet explained to SOHH. "There's just a lot of cliches out there. People associate hip-hop and the music of hip-hop with being from the hood and being gangster. That's a portion. That's something that's affected hip-hop but what people need to know about me is that hip-hop is something more than white and black. Hip-hop is not only music, but a culture. And if it speaks to you, then it speaks to you. Hip-hop has spoken to me since I was a little kid. No matter where you're from or who you are, if the music and the culture speaks to you, it's gonna have an effect on you. That's what's happened to me. It's something I love and it's something I do." (SOHH)

Haze also revealed how much of an impact the late Notorious B.I.G.'s music had on his life.

"The most inspirational moment for me, as a hip-hop fan, occurred when I heard [Notorious B.I.G.'s] Ready 2 Die," Haze added when asked about his music influences. "My older brother had bought me the album. I saw it lying around my room one day when I was a little kid and I just threw it in my stereo not knowing what I was about to get in to. And so then I just sat and listened to Ready 2 Die. From beginning to end. Without saying a word, kind of with my jaw dropped. It touched me in such a way that from that day on, anything I listened to was hip-hop. Everyday. Everyday of my life. I was so curious. People like Big L, Jay-Z, Nas. Wu-Tang." (SOHH)

The aspiring rapper made headlines in last year after virally dropping his "White & Purple" record.

Chet Hanks, the 21-year-old son of Tom Hanks, is generating lots of buzz this week after releasing a rap remix of Wiz Khalifa's "Black and Yellow" that's a tribute to Northwestern University, where he's currently enrolled as a theater major. And he's trying to do it without banking on his famous surname. The sophomore has been holed up in a Chicago studio recording what he hoped would be not only a contribution to school spirit but a tribute to Northwestern's nascent party scene (take it from this writer who's an alum though--state school it's not). (E! Online)

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