Chester "Chet Haze" Hanks, the son of A-List actors Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, is moving on up in the music world.
According to the New York Daily News, Haze's parents checked out his show Saturday at New York's celebrity hotspot the Greenhouse that has entertained the likes of Rihanna, Drake and Courtney Love.
Haze created a buzz on the hip-hop scene last year when he released a respectable cover of Wiz Khalifa's Pittsburgh anthem "Black And Yellow." Haze's version, "White And Purple," paid homage to his school, Northwestern University, where he is a junior theater student.
Haze released other hip-hop songs online and even freestyle rapped on the red carpet at Vibe House at South By Southwest last year.
Critics, including Howard Stern, bashed Haze for his hard-edge, expletive-filled rap lyrics, accusing him of being a rich kid acting tough.
Haze's music of late has taken on more of an urban pop style that could best be compared to Justin Timberlake or Mike Posner. He recently released a video for his song "Hollywood."
Haze has traded his hip-hop basketball jerseys and caps for a slicker look, even appearing shirtless in a promo picture.
Before playing before 5,000 people at a Playboy party in December, he discussed changing the direction of his sound.
"Everything started this year (2011)," he said. "I produced my first music. I did my first performances. I started getting paid for shows. At first you don't even get paid. So it's been a year, and in that time period, I've released music and started getting experience doing shows and started singing instead of rapping. So, I've made a transition in my music and I'm just trying to improve."
Haze seemed comfortable singing pop on stage at the Greenhouse show, but his voice didn't sound strong enough nor did he exude adequate presence for stardom. He's a much better rapper, though he could stand toning down the unbelievable angst-fueled attitude. Rich kid angry rap is too hard a sell.