He was born on 28 June 1987 in Dansoman, Accra. He first attended St. Martin De Porres School in Dansoman and later transferred to Jack and Jill where he completed his Junior Secondary School level. He then gained admission into Presbyterian Boys Secondary School (PRESEC), where he discovered music. After high school, he pursued a degree in economics and political science at the University of Ghana, Legon.
EL Music career
During his first year in the university, EL signed to Jayso’s Skillions Records and helped Jayso co-produce the Skillionaires Demotape. However, after graduating from 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 equipment
EL got signed to BBnZ live 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.
In 2018 E.L released his fifth studio album titled BAR V (stylised as BVR), a 15 track album. It included rap singles like “Nobody”, The Greatest and “Thinkin’.” E.L featured Nigerian artiste, Falz, and Ghanaian acts Akan and Bryan The Mensah.
EL Notable productions
EL has produced songs for many hip hop, hiplife and R&B performers, such as:
- Sarkodie (“You Go Kill Me”, “Dangerous”) in collaboration with krynk man
- Keche (“Sokode”) in collaboration with krynk man
- D-Black (“Get On the Dancefloor”)
- D-Black ft D Cryme(“Change your life”)
- Donaeo Ft E.L (“Life Saver”)
- T Blaze (“Aso wo ha”)
- C-Real ft E.L (“Weytin De Happen”) (sexy mama)
- C-Real ft E.L (“Do the Azonto”)
- Lighter ft Promzy of VIP and E.L (“Fear of my Life”)
- Scientific ft Sarkodie and E.L (“I Like You Girl”)
- J Town ft D Cyrme and E.L (“Party Alhaji”)
- Sala ft E.L (“Only You”)
- Samini (“Too Bad”)
- Edem (“Wey tin”)
- Efya ft E.L (“Heartbeat”)
- Efya ft Mugeez (“Ooh Ooh Ooh”)
- Reggie Rockstone (“Rockstone’s Office”), Asem (“Check Your Weight”), Geelex (“Bend Your Body”) and many more.
- Joey B ft E.L (“Wow”).
- E.L Ft. DopeNation – Ayeyi (Prod. By PeeOnTheBeatz)
- EL – Vim Yaazo (Prod. by E.L)
- EL – Joy (Prod. by Kuzie x E.L)
E.L Awards and nominations
2010 African Movie Academy Awards:Best Original Soundtrack ‘A sting in a tale’
2010 Ghana Movie Awards: Best Score Award, Checkmate And more
2011 Ghana Music Awards: Hip-hop Song of the Year award, “Get On the Dance Floor”, Producer
2012/2013 Ghana Music Awards Album of the Year
2015/2016 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards Hip-life/Hip-hop Artiste of the year
2015/2016 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards Artiste of the Year
2016 Ghana Music Awards UK Artiste of the Year
2015/2016 Ghana Music Awards Producer Of the Year
2015/2016 Ghana Music Awards Afro pop song Of the Year
2016/2017 Ghana Music Awards Afro Pop Song Of The Year (Kaa Bu Ame)
2017 Ghana Entertainment Awards – USA Best Album (BAR 3)
2017 4SYTE MVA BEST EDITED VIDEO