Rap-Up TV: Estelle Swept Away by Rick Ross, Brought to Tears by Akon

While she was in town for the ESPY Awards, Estelle chatted with Rap-Up TV about her third album All of Me. The disc, due later this year, features contributions from Common (“Victorious”), Ne-Yo, Janelle Monáe, No I.D., and Jerry “Wonder” Duplessis, among others.

The first single, “Break My Heart” featuring Rick Ross, is off to a great start. When it came to shooting the video, the British songbird said the Miami rapper was the perfect gentleman. “He was so sweet. He was such a gentleman and a really nice guy,” she revealed. “We had to stand behind the infinity pool and the first thing he said was, ‘Baby I got you.’ He was so nice and such a sweetheart about everything.”

Before her album arrives, Estelle plans to release another song called “Thank You,” produced by Jerry Wonder and written by Akon. While she prefers to sing her own songs, she fell in love with the track the moment she heard it. “By the time it got to the chorus I was damn near crying,” shared Estelle. “It just resonated so much with me. I play it to my guy friends and they cry.”

The next time she saw Akon at Kardinal Offishall’s birthday she told him just how impressed she was. “I hugged him. I said, ‘You sir are incredible.’ For a guy to write from a woman’s perspective and it be that real… You made my life right this second, thank you.”