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

07.16.2013

MUSIC

“Bridge To Love” – Ginuwine feat. Brandy

“I flew to St. Louis – Adonis Shropshire had written the record – and Adonis didn’t show up. Ginuwine was in the studio and I didn’t have a writer and I was like ‘What I’m I suppose to do?’ I went in the bathroom and I actually prayed. I thought it was about to turn out to be terrible. I called Adonis and he said we should get on Skype. I kid you not, I went in there and did the beat in about twenty minutes, I sent it to Adonis, we Skyped, he sent it right back to me. Ginuwine cut his vocals and was like ‘We need somebody on it.’ I had been working with Brandy on her Human album – which I didn’t get anything on [laughs] – so I had a great relationship with her. We called Brandy up to see if we could get her on the record. She does it and Adonis produces her vocals, because they were both out in LA at this time. Ginuwine actually went back in and re-cut his vocal, because her’s came back so great. She killed it. That’s one of my favorite songs too. That record didn’t get the shine that it should have, but that’s an amazing record. That’s R&B 101 right there for me. That was an amazing experience. I’ll never forget that one. It kind of separates the real producers and writers from the guys that don’t really know the pressure there is to be in the studio with an artist. I went out there thinking I was prepared and everything was going to be cool, but at the last minute things can really change up and you have to be really ready to go. You have to figure something out or you’re just stuck. A lot of people can’t do that, so I’m definitely proud of that record.”

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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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