Check the Credits: Blac Elvis Tells the Stories Behind Writing Hits for Beyonce, T.I., Rick Ross & More

07.16.2013

MUSIC

There was a time when Blac Elvis‘ nickname could’ve been Polow da Don‘s secret weapon. The creative partnership between the young producer and Polow birthed Fergie’s “Glamourous,” Ciara’s “Promise,” Usher’s “Lil Freak” and some other pretty well known records. The tandem was basically responsible for hit after hit, and when the Memphis native decided to strike out on his own the hits only continued to come in, especially after a beat he originally had in mind for Jamie Foxx got in the hands of Beyonce. The track would eventually become “Ego,” off of the singer’s multiplatinum I Am… Sasha Fierce LP and scored Elvis his first Grammy. Since his days under Polow’s tutelage Elvis has gone on to produce tracks for T.I., Rick Ross and Jamie Foxx and here, he gives Life + Times the stories behind all of those records.

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  • Ann E. Reddick

    This is a great thing to happen to you. I wish you much success. Now I have a daughter (Amanda Reddick aka Coco Redi) would like to be in the music business. She writes raps all the time and a friend laid tracks (music) to her lyrics. Her music can be improved upon. She could use your help. Some of her music can be found on Youtube under Coco Redi. Thank you in advance. (only a mother would do this with social media).

  • Ann E. Reddick

    Please somebody tell me why a young intelligent man like this would call himself “Black Elvis”. You know I am an older person but this is such a slap-in-the-face to Black people. Lift us up my brother Elvis was not a good role model for black youth. He didn’t like black people. Your name is not an insult to him. Its an insult to us. I am still happy for your success thou! Please know who’s looking at you kid.

  • MP

    it’s b/c his name IS Elvis…i assume to differentiate he goes by Blac Elvis

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