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

07.16.2013

MUSIC

“Lil Freak” – Usher feat. Nicki Minaj

Ester Dean wrote that. I had did that beat like a year before Usher heard it. Actually Cry$tyle had written another record to it for Rihanna. Rihanna walked around with that record for a couple months. I’m thinking I had Rihanna’s first or second single, but nothing ever happened. Ester ended up writing “Lil Freak” to it and she was in the studio with Usher and played it for him and he cut it. We got a Grammy for that shit as well. Stevie Wonder at first wouldn’t clear it, because of what Usher was talking about. He gave us a little trouble at first. [laughs]“

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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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