EL (rapper)

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EL
Birth name Elom Adablah
Born (1983-06-28) 28 June 1983 (age 33)
Dansoman, Accra, Ghana
Genres Hip hop, Hiplife, Azonto
Occupation(s) Record producer, Rapper, Singer Record executive, Sound Engineer,
Instruments Keyboard, sampler
Years active 2008–present
Labels BBnZ Live
Associated acts Sarkodie, Reggie Rockstone, Ball J, Ian Jazzi, dessy Asem, Ayigbe Edem, C-Real, Kiddblack, Dawn ODG
Website www.bbnz-live.com/projects/el.html

Elom Adablah (born 28 June 1983), better known by his stage name EL, is an award-winning Ghanaian record producer, rapper and sound engineer.[1]

Early life[edit]

EL grew up in the largest estate in Dansoman. He first attended St. Martin De Porres School in Dansoman where he excelled as a top student and later transferred to Jack and Jill where he completed his Junior Secondary School level. He then gained Secondary School]], where he discovered his musical talent. After high school, he pursued a degree in economics and political science at the University of Ghana, Legon.[2][3][4]

Music career[edit]

2008: Music beginnings[edit]

During his first year in the university, EL signed to Jayso's Skillions Records[5] alongside other notable young Ghanaian underground artists like Ball J, Gemini, Kevin Beats, Killmatic and Lil Shaker, and helped Jayso co-produce the Skillionaires Demotape. However, after graduating from the university, the Skillions broke up and EL became a solo artist. He acquired a studio in Asylum Down and began working on a new mixtape. He went as far as releasing a single, "Chale (So Fli)", with Jay Foley, Wolf and Kwaku T (remix). However the mixtape was never released. EL relocated to a better studio at Osu, and invested all his available funds in acquiring state-of-the-art equipment much to the chagrin of family and friends.[6]

2009–2012: Something Else[edit]

EL got signed to BBnZ live[7] His debut double album, Something Else, was released on 1 June 2012 by Akwaaba Music, and is a blend of different varieties of music inspired from various sources.

2014: B.A.R[edit]

EL released The Best African Rapper album, shortened as The B.A.R on 20 May 2014. It featured Ayigbe Edem, Sarkodie, Joey B, C-Real, Gemini, Telvin, Frozen, Lil Shaker, Stargo, P. K. and Dex Kwasi.[8][9]

2015: B.A.R 2[edit]

EL announced he was working a B.A.R 2, releasing the cover art and later dropping three songs ‘All Black’, ‘State Of The Nation’ and ‘King Without A Crown.[10] On 29 August 2015, he followed up with the B.A.R 2 concert featuring Wanlov, Ko-Jo Cue, DJ Mic Smith and more.[11][12]

2016: Elom[edit]

EL released his second studio album entitled Elom has so far released decent ratings from critics. The album boasts of singles "Mi Naa Bo Po", "Watch The Way You Dey Waka" and "Nkrumah Pt. 2" featuring highly respected recording artist Obrafour.[13]

On April 15, 2016 Lauryn Hill headlined a concert dubbed Ms. Lauryn Hill Presents Diaspora Calling! in association with Tidal at Kings Theater, the concert was intended to celebrate the rich tapestry of artists from African Diaspora and had great artist from West Africa on stage namely El and Stonebwoy from Ghana, also Wondaboy and Mr. Eazi from Nigeria performing to a massive crowd.

In the early hours of 8 May 2016, at the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards at the Ghana International Conference Center, EL received the Artist of the Year award.

Producing career[edit]

EL has produced hit songs for many elite hip hop, hiplife and R&B performers, such as Sarkodie ("You Go Kill Me", "Dangerous"), D-Black ("Get On the Dancefloor"), Reggie Rockstone ("Rockstone's Office"), Asem ("Check Your Weight"), Geelex ("Bend Your Body") and many more.[14]

In 2010 and 2011, EL heralded the Global Azonto Madness by producing most of the hit songs, including "You Go Kill Me", "Dangerous", and his own hit singles, "Obuu Mo" and "Kaalu".

Discography[edit]

Studio albums
  • Something Else (2012)

Obuu Mo, One Ghana, Kaalu, Mame Wossop, Auntie Martha

  • Elom (2016)
Mixtapes
  • Project Hip Hop (with C-Real) (2011)
  • Songs for Girls-the Valentines Day Mixtape (2012)
  • B.A.R. (2014) [15]
  • Project Hip Hop 2 (with C-Real) (2015)
  • B.A.R. 2 (2015)
  • B.A.R. 3 (2016)
Others
  • Another Rainy Day
  • Empty Barrels
  • Find A Way
  • Getting it Fast
  • Move On
  • My Addiction
  • Pick up
  • Don Dada ft [Ayigbe Edem] and Telvin

Singles[edit]

Year Title Album Ref
2016 Love Her More ( Featuring Samini) N/A [16]

Videography[edit]

Year Title Director Ref
2016 shutterkvng photography [17]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Nominations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Owusu, Clifford (18 August 2011). "E.L Biography". Ghanamusic. Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "13 Successful Ghanaians Who Went To Presec - Legon". OMGGhana.Com. Retrieved 2015-11-27. 
  3. ^ "E.L, Others To Rock Torch And Bonfire Night @ PRESEC – Daily Guide Ghana". www.dailyguideghana.com. Retrieved 2015-11-27. 
  4. ^ "E.L Makes Legon Student Go Crazy On Stage". OMGGhana.Com. Retrieved 2015-11-27. 
  5. ^ "All You Need To Know About Jayso And Skillions Record". OMGGhana.Com. Retrieved 2015-11-27. 
  6. ^ "Get Familiar: Skillions Records then and now!!! - AmeyawDebrah.Com". AmeyawDebrah.Com. Retrieved 2015-11-27. 
  7. ^ "BBnZ Live EL page". Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  8. ^ http://urbanroll.net/releases/e-l-bar-mixtape/
  9. ^ "E.L. Presents B.A.R. (Best African Rapper) Mixtape". Loud Sound Ghana. Retrieved 2015-11-27. 
  10. ^ http://enterghana.com/els-elrepgh-bar-2-mixtape-to-be-released-on-see-wosop-release-date-and-more/
  11. ^ ""B.A.R 2": E.L reveals track list for upcoming mixtape - Music - Pulse". pulse.com.gh. Retrieved 2015-11-27. 
  12. ^ "E.L. – BAR 2 | Urbanroll". Urbanroll. Retrieved 2015-11-27. 
  13. ^ "E.L Set To Release New Album "ELOM"". DisturbingGH. Retrieved 2015-11-27. 
  14. ^ Lebrave, Benjamin. "Lungu Lungu: E.L.'s Azonto Beats are Crazy Chale!". The Fader. Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  15. ^ http://urbanroll.net/releases/e-l-bar-mixtape/
  16. ^ "New Music E.L - Love Her More feat. Samini". Pulse.com.gh. David Mawuli. Retrieved 25 January 2016. 
  17. ^ "Music Video E.L - King Without A Crown". Pulse.com.gh. David Mawuli. Retrieved 12 February 2016. 
  18. ^ Ghana Music Awards Official website Retrieved 26 September 2012
  19. ^ "Channel O Music Video Awards".