EL (rapper)

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Birth name Elom Adablah
Born (1983-06-28) June 28, 1983 (age 32)
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, Jayso, Ball J, Ian Jazzi, Asem, Ayigbe Edem, C-Real
Website [1]

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 admission to the Presbyterian Boys' 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.

Music career[edit]

2008: Music beginnings[edit]

During his first year in the university, EL signed to Jayso's Skillions Records alongside other notable young Ghanaian underground artists like 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.

2009–2012: Something Else[edit]

EL is signed to BBnZ live[2] 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.

2012–present: Elom[edit]

EL is working on his second studio album entitled Elom. He has so far released the singles "No Size", "Ayayaa" and "Crazy Love" featuring Nigerian recording artist Ice Prince.

2014: B.A.R[edit]

EL released The Best African Rapper mixtape, shortened as The B.A.R on 20th May, 2014. It featured Ayigbe Edem, Sarkodie, Joey B, C-Real, Gemini, Lil Shaker, Stargo, P. K. and Dex Kwasi.[3]

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[4]

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.[5]

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".