Craig Robinson chats about new film “Peeples” co-starring Kerry Washington

Kam Williams | 5/15/2013, 9:03 a.m.
Craig Robinson Peeples

Given that you are a singer, are you interested in recording an album one day?

Yes I am. I have a sound. It’s called funk mixed with stank. That’s what I do.

If you could really time travel and live in another period, which one would you choose?  

The ’60s, because it was the beginning of rock and roll. All the songs sounded alike, since they were using the same three chords, which would make it easy to hop out and rock.  

If you had to choose another profession, what would it be?  

Rock star! Singing songs that the whole world knows, like my favorite band, Earth, Wind and Fire.

What advice do you have for anyone who wants to follow in your footsteps?

Be yourself, because you’re special. There’s only one of you. Second, be tenacious, visualize success and then live it. And remember everything you learned in kindergarten.

Why do you love doing what you do?

Because it brings me closer to people, and it lets me explore who I am. It’s a chance for me to be connected. Whenever I’m performing live, the first thing I look for is to make a connection.

What’s it like having the same name as First Lady Michelle Obama’s brother?

I was once dating a woman who got very upset after confusing the two of us when she found my picture next to his bio, which indicated that he’s divorced with kids and remarried. So, if you can imagine, that’s what it’s like.