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Album Review: BAR 3 by E.L

Today, I Review the BAR 3 Album by VGMA Artise of the year E.L as well as provide download link to the songs on the album.

You don’t Know E.L

Born Elom Adablah, rapper E.L is rather ironically notably known more for his Azonto tracks. His first Album – “Something Else” was released in 2012.

Rapper E.L started from humble beginnings, one of the famous Skillions Members, before joining BBnZ

Rapper E.L started from humble beginnings, one of the famous Skillions Members, before joining BBnZ

Before that, in 2010, E.L presaged the worldwide Azonto trend by producing “You go kill me” and “Dangeours” by Ghana’s top rapper, Sarkodie. He also had some very good Azonto singles later, including “Kaalu” and “Obuu Mo”. Fast forward to today, and E.L is the current Vodafone Ghana Music Awards’ Artiste of the year – An award which many did not see coming.

EL, Pappy Kojo, X.O. Senavoe and Joey B. Height at Play.

EL, Pappy Kojo, X.O. Senavoe and Joey B.
Height at Play.

The BARs

E.L’s BAR means “Best African Rapper”. I listened to the first ever BAR mixtape (14 tracks, Duration 0:47:58) in Kumasi somewhere in September 2014 and I was greatly impressed. He featured a lot of other rappers on the first BAR mixtape, including Ghana’s Best – Sarkodie, Edem, Dex Kwasi, Stargo and Joey B. “American Passport” from the Album, later won him the rapper of the year.

Album Cover for the Bar 2 Mixtape

Album Cover for the Bar 2 Mixtape

The BARs are a way for E.L to prove that he is really a rapper, and rap has always been his love. He accentuated that greatly, showing versatility on different instrumentals whiles delivering eminent rap in style and lyrics. It is on this mixtape that he branded himself as the “BAR Man”.

Following the success of the BAR mixtape, E.L released the BAR 2 mixtape, preceding it with singles like “All Black”, “State of the Nation” and “10 Rap Commandments”. He announced on BAR 2: “It’s not a mixtape, It’s a tradition”. Fans naturally began looking forward to BAR 3, but he released a studio album – “ELOM” and followed with the BAR 3 in 2016. BAR 2 till date, even after the release of BAR 3 remains my favorite BAR album / mixtape.

CD cover for The First Ever Bar Mixtape

CD cover for The First Ever Bar Mixtape

Review: BAR 3

BAR and BAR 2 were mixtapes but the BAR 3 is an Album, according to the rapper. In an interview with Pulse.com.gh he said “BAR 3 came about because people were pushing him into the Azonto Box, and I didn’t like that.” He explained that the BAR 3 is a collection of excellent Hip-hop heads on a single project. The BAR and BAR 2 mixtapes were strictly hip-hop mixtapes; BAR 3 is a predominantly hip-hop album.

The Bar 3 Album took 9 months to finish

A lot of Fans were really expecting the BAR 3 Mixtape

A lot of Fans were really expecting the BAR 3 Mixtape

It is against this that a lot of people feel BAR 3 did not raise the bar this time. The Bar 3 album emboldens dance, with tracks like “Portey Dey Be” and “It’s Your Life”. There is also a lot of melody to make the album more commercial, although it was available for free download.

There were more features (22) than tracks (16) on the album.

Dex Kwasi has featured on all 3 BARs

Dex Kwasi has featured on all 3 BARs

The features on the album are also laudable. BAR 3 included the usual boys from the BBnZ label Ko-Jo Cue and Shaker. Some International features were Nigerian music heavyweight M.I. Abaga and the legendary South African rap king Khuli Chana. Known BAR features Gemini, Dex Kwasi, Edem and Cabum were on the Album too. Other artistes on were Recognise Ali, Worlasi, C-Real, Ayat, Medikal, Teephlow, Illa Shaz, Adomaa, Stargo, KiddBlack, Joey B, Osei, M3dal and A.I.

Bar 3 has 16 tracks, lasting a total of 1 hour, 6 minutes and 4 seconds

Bar 3 has 16 tracks, lasting a total of 1 hour, 6 minutes and 4 seconds

E.L produced 5 of the songs on the Album

Songs to listen to on the Album:

  • Lyrical Algebar (Prod. by D.N.A)
  • Pelican Fly feat. Stargo & KiddBlack (Prod. by Sam1)
  • A.R’s feat. Recognise Ali, C-Real, Ayat, Medikal, Teephlow & Illa Shaz (Prod. by E.L)
  • Lalafalama (Prod. by Ghost)
  • Drop feat. M.I & Khuli Chana (Prod. by Slimbo)
  • It’s Your Life feat. Ko-Jo Cue & Worlasi (Prod. by DJ Julz)

It’s a good album, typical of E.L. He delivered Impressive Creativity  and his punches on Lyrical Algebar, Shine, Change, Lomi and Can’t Let it Phase were good. -Collins Amedzo

The album has been met with mixed feelings on Social Media. Some feel it is a great production, while some die-hard fans have been disappointed by the BAR 3 Album. See Some of them below:

I relished the album and I would give it a rating of 8.8/10. E.L didn’t just prove why he is here to stay, he delivered real music, not just rap. Great lyrical content and good story telling. If you haven’t listened to the album yet, download here. You can choose to download single songs from the album here.

Listened to the album yet? What do you think? Let me know in the comments.

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