Elle Varner

Elle Varner Performs ‘Cold Case’ on ’106 & Park’

Elle Varner

All eyes were on Elle Varner when she visited “106 & Park” on Monday. The R&B songstress strut onto the stage in a short fringe dress, but she wasn’t always used to getting attention from guys.

“I’m still a dork,” said Elle, who was overweight in high school. “Sexy or not, I’m a sexy nerd.”

The BET Music Matters star is getting personal on her upcoming sophomore album 4 Letter Word.

“It’s an open letter. It’s my heart. It’s my feelings. It’s my growth,” she said of the follow-up to her 2012 debut Perfectly Imperfect. “I talked about a lot of the coming-of-age things that girls go through and now I’m a young woman and going through different stuff, so you’ll hear about it.”

She also coined her own style that she calls “trap jazz.”

“It’s the product of a girl who grew up listening to Ying Yang Twins and Ella Fitzgerald,” she said. “I like to keep the beat rocking, but I have those jazzy vocals. I can’t get away from that.”

Watch her performance of “Cold Case” below.

Read the rest of this entry »

New Music: Elle Varner – ‘F*ck It All’


For the fourth and final release in her four-letter word series, Elle Varner says “Fuck It All.” The raw and unbridled song, dedicated to the word “loss,” finds the singer on the verge of an emotional breakdown.

“‘Cause I can be a whole lot of things / Go on and clip my wings / Be a piss drunk bitch of a whore,” she sings.

Her sophomore album 4 Letter Word, executive produced by Pop & Oak, is due later this year.

If you missed any of her previous four-letter series songs, check out “Cole Case,” “See Me Tonight,” and “Little Do You Know.”

Read the rest of this entry »

New Music: Elle Varner – ‘Little Do You Know’

Little Do You Know

Elle Varner maintains the mystery on the latest installment in her #4LetterWord series. Following “Cold Case” and “See Me Tonight,” the R&B singer tries to escape reality on the symphonic “Little Do You Know.”

“Nothing’s as it seems / Seeing is believing / Unless it’s a magic show / Little do you know,” sings Elle, who has also recorded a remix to “Cold Case.”

The songs are a precursor to her sophomore album 4 Letter Word, which was executive produced by Pop & Oak.

Listen to Elle share another piece in her musical puzzle.

Read the rest of this entry »

New Music: Elle Varner – ‘See Me Tonight’

Elle Varner

The truth hurts. Elle Varner hides her pain on the second installment in her four-letter word series. Following “Cold Case,” the R&B songstress expresses the sentiment of the word “lies” on the stirring and soulful “See Me Tonight.”

“I don’t want anybody seeing me cry / I don’t want anybody to know,” sings an emotional Elle.

Over the next several weeks, she will debut two more tracks dedicated to a different four-letter word, leading up to the release of her sophomore album 4 Letter Word, which was executive produced by Pop & Oak.

“The title is open to interpretation, hence the symbols used in the campaign – ‘>$@!’ It’s whatever you feel when you experience the album. Does ‘>$@!’ stand for love? Pain? Life? That’s for the listener to decide,” explained Elle. “4 Letter Word has the kind of range that can’t be embodied by a single word or phrase.”

Listen to Elle at her most vulnerable.

Read the rest of this entry »

Elle Varner Announces Sophomore Album ’4 Letter Word’

Elle Varner

Elle Varner is pouring her heart and soul into her sophomore album. The R&B songstress has announced the title of her new “gut-wrenching” body of work.

Read the rest of this entry »

New Music: Elle Varner – ‘Cold Case’

Elle Varner

She closed out 2013 with her Wale-assisted single “Rover,” and now Elle Varner catches a “Cold Case” on her latest release. Instead of singing love’s praises, the R&B songstress vows to get revenge on a cheating ex.

“Boy you ain’t heard the last from me,” sings a resentful Elle over the knocking beat.

She has been in the studio with Pop & Oak, Eric Hudson, Da Internz, and Hit-Boy working on her sophomore album.

“My new album is unbelievable. I have to keep reminding myself that it’s real,” she told Rap-Up TV of the follow-up to her 2012 debut Perfectly Imperfect. “Everybody says to me, ‘Congratulations! Sophomore slump, what?’ and that’s all I gotta say about it. Get ready because it is unbelievable.”

Stream Elle’s anti-love song below.

Read the rest of this entry »

Will Smith, Cassie, Sevyn, & Elle Varner Attend Ne-Yo’s Midnight Brunch

Ne-Yo and Will Smith

While Rihanna and Miley Cyrus were partying at Clive Davis’ Pre-Grammy Gala, Ne-Yo celebrated with friends at his 6th Annual Midnight Brunch at Lure nightclub in Hollywood on Saturday.

Guests including Akon, Paris Hilton, Marsha Ambrosius, and Adrienne Bailon were among the stars who snacked on waffles and pancakes while sipping Malibu Red Rum inside the masquerade-themed bash.

Will Smith skipped the red carpet and headed straight inside, where he held court with host Ne-Yo and Kevin Hart.

While DJ Cassidy rocked the turntables, R&B divas Tamar Braxton, Elle Varner, and Sevyn Streeter partied until the early A.M. with Omarion, Mack Wilds, and Luke James.

A blonde Cassie danced in VIP with her Bad Boy labelmate Machine Gun Kelly and LoLa Monroe while lingerie-clad women paraded around in masks.

Check out more pics from the red-hot festivities below.

Read the rest of this entry »