Joining Drake, The Weeknd and J.Cole in crafting soundtracks for many a college campus comes Elijah Blake, Hip Hop’s understated new export.
Now, in celebrating what that export brings to the table, Billboard invited the 23 year old lyricist to its home last month- hosting their very own acoustic session and interview with him, which saw him announce the name of his debut album and perform two cuts that can be found on it.
Named ‘Songs of Melody’, Blake’s debut album will hit stores via Def Jam/Roc Nation later on this year, and features the rising single ‘XOX‘ and the jam you’ll meet below… ‘Drop Dead Beautiful’.
On the release, he told Billboard exclusively:
“The album is called ‘Songs of Melody’ cause all the songs are about one girl. I couldn’t use her name but melody is my strong point when I write songs so [with] the wordplay, melody can be about a girl or that feeling that you get when you hear a great melody.”
Check out his live performance of ‘Drop Dead Beautiful’:
Purveying a cool mix of R&B, Hip Hop and Folk, Elijah’s sound is designed for an audience far more ‘musically aware’ than even we were initially aware of.
Sure, while the Urban label sees him tied with Chris Brown comparison, his material sees him join an elite group of 20 somethings catering for Adult Contemporary while holding the ear of fans their own age.
Important, as its this quality that’s seen Frank Ocean, Miguel, Lana Del Rey and dare we say Rihanna score critical brownie points over the upbeat contemporaries, for releasing material that’s rich in depth, emotion and ultimately appeals to all demographics.
Will Elijah fare just as well?