Rap-Up TV: Elijah Blake Talks ‘Drift’ EP, J. Cole, & Writing for Rihanna

Elijah Blake has penned records for everyone from Britney Spears to Mary J. Blige, but on September 30 he will step into the spotlight with his own EP Drift. The majority of the eight tracks were produced by No I.D., with contributions from J. Cole, Pop & Oak, and Illangelo.

Rap-Up TV recently caught up with the multi-platinum singer-songwriter, who is managed by Roc Nation, to discuss the project.

“You can expect No I.D. at his finest. He’s pushing it,” said Blake, who is signed to No I.D.’s ARTium imprint on Def Jam. “I think everybody’s heard him do stuff for Common and Kanye, like the edgy hip-hop stuff, but this time they’ll really get a glimpse of No I.D. doing some cool, progressive R&B, soulful production.”

Cole produced and is featured on “Vendetta,” which leaked last year. “[Cole] felt like the song didn’t get the proper treatment, so this is our way of putting it back out there into the universe and letting people hear it in the best way possible,” said Blake.

When he’s not working on his own music, he’s been in the studio with Usher, Keyshia Cole, and Rihanna.

“She’s always on some new stuff. She never even stopped recording,” he said of the “Diamonds” singer. “I think right after the last album dropped, she was in the studio two weeks later. They ain’t even know what album they was gonna put it on, but that’s why she’s probably one of the best of our generation.”

Check out the Drift cover art and tracklisting below.

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Rihanna Transforms in TUSH Magazine


Rihanna switches up her look yet again in the pages of German fashion magazine TUSH. The fearless fashionista transforms into an otherworldly goddess in the dramatic photos, shot by Gomillion & Leupold and styled by Nadia Rath.

She rocks a long gray wig, frosted eyebrows, and a pair of white feathery wings as she poses in the Nevada desert.

The issue hits newsstands internationally starting September 18.

See more photos from the avant-garde shoot below.

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Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, 50 Cent, & Pharrell Kick Off New York Fashion Week

Rihanna and Adam Selman

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015 kicked off with a bang on Friday. Although she missed the presentation, Rihanna still made a grand entrance at Adam Selman’s runway show. Wearing an off-white baby doll dress and pearls, the fashionista snapped several flirty photos with the designer backstage.

When asked about the passing of Joan Rivers, RiRi told a paparazzo, “It’s very sad, actually.”

Nicki Minaj, who was in town to perform at CBS’ “Fashion Rocks” on Tuesday, turned heads in Marc Jacobs at Harper’s Bazaar‘s toast to Icons at The Plaza Hotel.

The stylish soirée also brought out Miguel and Lady Gaga, who looked sexy and classy while performing some jazzy tunes.

Fresh from the NFL kickoff game, Pharrell Williams showcased his G-Star Raw for the Oceans collection, which uses Pharrell’s Bionic Yarn textile company to turn plastic debris from the ocean into yarn and fabric.

50 Cent also joined the Fashion Week festivities, kicking it with Rev. Al Sharpton at Russell Simmons’s Argyleculture runway show.

See all the star sightings below.

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Rihanna Does the Shmoney Dance on a Yacht


We’ve seen Chris Brown, Justin Bieber, and Drake all do the Shmoney Dance. And now Rihanna has blessed us with some footage of herself getting down to Bobby Shmurda’s “Hot Nigga.” Fresh off “The Monster Tour” with Eminem, a bikini-clad RiRi filmed herself and her BFFs Melissa Forde and LeLe Boo smoking and dancing to the Brooklyn rapper’s hit while on a yacht.

“Shmoneyyyy #YachtEdition @leleboo_phucku #Robynnn @bobby_shmurda,” wrote Melissa Forde.

On Saturday, RiRi celebrated the ninth anniversary of her debut album Music of the Sun. “Thanks to all of you who’ve supported me throughout the years!” tweeted a grateful Rihanna. “I cant believe, already 9 yrs! I owe it to you man.”

She is reportedly working on a new album and has called upon hitmakers including Elijah Blake and DJ Mustard, who produced a ballad. “It’s not like anything you’ve ever heard from me before,” the West Coast hitmaker told Rap-Up TV.

Watch RiRi get her Shmoney Dance on.

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Eminem and Rihanna Take ALS Ice Bucket Challenge On Stage

Rihanna and Eminem

Eminem and Rihanna’s tour capped off on an icy note.

After being challenged by Dr. Dre, the Detroit rapper finally took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge during the last stop of “The Monster Tour” at Detroit’s Comerica Park on Saturday. At the end of the show, Em took a seat on stage while Mr. Porter brought out a garbage can full of ice. But he decided to let Rihanna do the honors instead, dumping the cold water over her tourmate’s head.

“If this was not for charity, I would be so fucking mad right now,” said a soaked Em.

He then challenged Mr. Porter, Rick Rubin, and Rihanna herself.

“Where you going mischievous?” Em told RiRi before getting payback.

“I’m from the islands, I don’t do this ice shit. This ice shit doesn’t work for me,” she said before taking a seat.

Her assistant and hair stylist emerged from backstage with a large pot and drenched the singer.

Watch the ice-cold action below.

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Chris Brown and Rihanna Come Together at Charity Basketball Game

Rihanna and Chris Brown

Chris Brown and Rihanna reunited for a good cause. The former couple was just feet away from each other at CC Sabathia and Robinson Cano’s Summer Classic Charity Basketball Game at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Thursday night.

Team Sabathia took on Team Cano during the competitive match-up, which featured celebrity players including Ne-Yo, Fabolous, DJ Khaled, and DJ Clue.

But the real MVP was Breezy, who scored 18 points, while his ex RiRi sipped D’USSE courtside and watched with her girlfriends including Skylar Diggins, Melissa Forde, and Cara Delevingne.

Sabathia and Cano had some help coaching on the sidelines from NBA and MLB pros including Derek Jeter, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, and more.

The event was a huge success, raising over $1 million for Sabathia’s PitCCh In Foundation and Cano’s RC22 Foundation.

See more pics from the all-star affair below.

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Rihanna Supports Drake at New York Show

Melissa Forde and Rihanna

Is AubRih back together? The rumor mill is heating up once again after Rihanna was spotted at Drake’s concert in Forest Hills, New York, on Tuesday night. With her BFF Melissa Forde by her side, RiRi held court in VIP alongside some of Lil Wayne’s family members.

When Drake performed “Trophies,” she was seen singing along and waving her hands in the air, and she didn’t seem to care who was watching.

According to TMZ, Drake and RiRi hit up 1OAK and The Attic following the show. The day before, they were also spotted leaving Griffin nightclub in New York.

The two have had an on and off relationship. Drake combated rumors that he was taking shots at RiRi during a recent show. “Rih is a great girl who I know is about to kill this tour with Eminem. It’s all love!!” he tweeted.

Rihanna is in between dates on “The Monster Tour” with Eminem, which wraps with two shows at Detroit’s Comerica Park on Friday and Saturday.

See footage of RiRi supporting Drizzy below.

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