R&B newcomer Elijah Blake has penned records for the likes of Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Mary J. Blige and Usher ("Climax"), but now he's preparing to take a step into the spotlight with his debut album, Songs About Melody.
Earlier today, the Def Jam/Roc Nation signee released a very personal and emotionally charged track titled "Six: Fallen," which details his issues with his father and how they have had an effect on his relationships today.
Six years old and I lied about my school grades.
I told my mama that my daddy already reprimanded me.
When my father found out, he beat me with a belt of leather.
Until my arms bled open and it caused my back to bleed.
Six years old and I'm staring at a movie screen.
In a dark sanctuary shaking, watching image of the beast.
Repeated nightmares, can't even sleep at 23.
Thanks a lot, dad. Now, I'm stuck with f-ckin' PTSD.
Now, my relationships suffer, and I can't lead a normal life.
But your philosophy is "Daddy said it's all right, just stare up to Christ."
So when I'm selfish and needy or acting like a spoiled brat.
Just try to function normally with a mother playing mom and dad.
This song and others from his previous mixtapes suggest that Elijah is one R&B singer who is willing to talk about deeper issues than what's popping in the club. He's definitely an artist to keep an eye on.
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Last year, we also featured Elijah's "Looking For Perfect" and "Everything" off of his Bijoux 22 mixtape