Contemporary R&B artist Elijah Blake, who has also been credited under his birth name of Sean Fenton, as well as Redd Stylez
, broke through as a songwriter for an impressive list of stars within his genre, including Trey Songz
, Keyshia Cole
, and Ciara
Most notably, he contributed to Usher
's "Climax," a hit single that topped Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart in 2012. All the while, Blake's solo career was in development. Through producer No I.D.
, he aligned with Def Jam
and released the single "X.O.X.," featuring labelmate Common
, in 2013. The following year, Blake returned the favor on Common
's "Real," which was quickly trailed by another solo single, "Wicked," as well as an EP, Drift. A frequent collaborator, Blake was also featured on tracks by the Game
("Freedom"), Rick Ross
("Presidential"), and the MIDI Mafia
("Sing for Me"). His debut album, Shadows & Diamonds, was released in June 2015 with an appearance from Dej Loaf
and input from No I.D.
and Salaam Remi
. ~ Andy Kellman, Rovi