Elijah Torres, known as “Bless” is blessed with expertise across many roles in the entertainment industry, focusing on music, sports, and philanthropy. The award-winning New York native has over 16 years of experience as a digital media consultant in brand development, lifestyle marketing, and artist management. He’s also done some prolific work around event planning and production, and boasts executive producer credits, having worked on projects for and with big names such as 50 Cent, Fila, Oscar De La Hoya, Maino, and many others.
Some of his notable accomplishments include brokering a successful sneaker collab between platinum hip hop artist Maino and the iconic legacy brand Fila. The limited edition shoe sold out in a matter of hours.
Elijah had humble beginnings, and in fact, started out as an opening act associated with Wu-Tang clan affiliates Killah Priest & Hell Razah performing for their Hip Hop group “The Maccabeez”. He eventually began producing mixtapes with some of New York’s most notable rappers, such as Saigon and Dead Prez, before realizing he was adept at one of the most important skills in the industry: connecting the dots.
Throughout his career, he’s used those skills to craft some epic partnerships and brand deals, including campaign’s for Olympian Samyr Laine at GNC store locations, and Mob Wives star Karen Gravano with bookstore giant Barnes & Noble for in-store activation’s and book signings.
Recently, he served as the president at Hip Hop My Way, a digital community that aims to platform new and emerging independent artists, as well as provide them with valuable resources and assistance in artist development.
Hip hop isn’t his only love, though. Elijah enjoys boxing, and served as the executive producer of the boxing content on rap legend 50 Cent’s popular This Is Fifty website. He was the executive producer of The Sweet Scientists, a boxing show now on DAZN USA, which is a subscription combat sports streaming service. Guests who have appeared on his show include champion fighters such as Anthony Joshua, Terence Crawford, Canelo Alvarez, and Oscar De La Hoya.
Recognizing his blessings, Elijah is big on giving back to the community he comes from, and dedicates a big portion of his time to philanthropic efforts. Each year since 2011, he’s donated over 900 name brand winter coats from Macy’s to those in need throughout Brooklyn.
When his friend and collaborator DJ Pretty Lou was diagnosed with LGL Leukemia, Elijah helped him organize and executively produce The Pretty Lou Benefit Concert at Irving Plaza, which was streamed live on TIDAL. The concert included performances by Fat Joe, Papoose & Remy Ma, Raekwon & Ghostface, The Lox, Bone Thugs, A-Boogie, Lil Dirk, Jim Jones, Maino and many more. The proceeds — 100% of them — went to New York Presbyterian Hospital for children’s cancer research & ALS, four years in a row.
Torres has received numerous nods for his charity and dedication to community outreach, including a special congressional recognition award from US Congressman Hakeem Jefferies in 2022, a New York State citation from the New York Assembly in 2019, Citation awards from Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams in 2016 and Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso in 2022, a Certificate of Merit from New York State Assemblyman Felix W. Ortiz in 2014, and President Obama’s Volunteer Service Award in 2013.
If you’re looking for someone to elevate your brand, craft creative and lucrative partnerships with industry heavyweights, or create digital content that hits, drop Brooklyn Bless a line to see how he can bless you at [email protected]. Follow him on Instagram at @bklynbless to see what he’s up to next.