BBnZ Live label act, Elom Adablah popularly known in the showbiz circles as E.L has come from afar in the Ghanaian music industry. From sound engineering to Hip-hop/Afrobeat/Hiplife/Highlife performing artiste – E.L’s stage craft is fathomless. His strength in Hip-hop/rap music has helped elevate the image of the Ghanaian music industry.
Ahead of his upcoming “Bar 2” Mixtape, the prolific and one of the most decorated rappers in Ghana dropped some hits singles off it including “King Without A Crown” (KWAC), “All Black” which features Pappy Kojo and Joey B, and the just released Hip-hop/funk track titled “The 10 Rap Commandments”.
E.L was very generous on “The 10 Rap Commandments” – revealing secrets of successful rappers and what gave him success in the industry. Notwithstanding, he sent out strong messages to stake holders in the music industry, key personalities and his colleague artistes on the track.
David Mawuli has gathered E.L’s 10 commandments of rap for both upcoming and mainstreamers who are struggling to break through the industry.
Check them out below and please note that, this isn’t a diss song – it’s artistic principles that he (E.L) believes can guarantee every rapper’s success.
1. Get a unique style
According to the rapper, you must avoid copying artistes – be original, set a trend and be your own boss.
2. Have a trusted crew or team
The rapper revealed that, to have a successful career, you need a truthful, loyal and diehard team, and to throw more light on what he is trying to say, I quote Albert Einstein’s famous saying; “Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.”
Trusted friends like rapper Jayso, C-Real, J-Town and others has helped the rapper in numerous ways.
3. Don’t rush
Rapper E.L seems to understand artiste management very well. According to him, don’t rush in releases – you must plan ahead and release your songs on time. Unplanned releases are likely ‘kill’ your career.
He also noted that, rushing to grab fame can even destroy you most just what rapper Secure Pabene did a few years ago.
4. You need good financial support
Contrary to the popular Biblical saying “Money is the root of all evil”, the rapper revealed that in the music business, you need cash to promote your music and break through the industry. He further stressed that, even if you are the dampest rapper in the game, money can make you sound good.
To me, D-Black has never done hard-core rap but money gave him fame plus international clout. He is very quick with business and can make money out of every opportunity that comes his way. He really understands the game!
5. Be humble, generous and show love
E.L emphasised John Wooden’s popular saying; “Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful,” in his fifth commandment. He further stressed that, once you have gathered the fame and wealth, show love and give to the poor and needy in society. But he cautioned that, out of all your good deeds, you will still have haters so take it easy.
6. Build your brand
At this level of your career, you are not counted among the common people – you are a celebrated thus you must behave as one. He stated that, your acts at this stage of your career will influence your fans a lot. Your swag, social media posts, and outings must be under a better control.
7. Consider competition
Competition is one enemy that no goal achiever can do away with. He made it clear that you must set up a goal and fight to reach it. E.L revealed to his fellow artistes to be aware of competition but motivated them not to slack.
8. Consider good and bad seasons in your career
E.L was simply saying, you can’t be the best throughout your career so be aware of both good and bad times.
9. Save money
E.L emphasised the need to save money and invest for the future because you can’t predict the future. Consider making your lifestyle meaningful at the peak of your career.
10. Talent is God given
“Number 10, Baba God way e give this to me. So e no be lie when I say nobody is relevant than E.L. You can agree if you repping BBnZ,” he spits.
It’s just simple. Be self-motivated and let everyone know you are the best.
Do you agree with E.L’s ten commandments of rap?