First off, we’ve been supporting Black EL for about eight years now (he was actually the first emcee to get our 2 Dope To Sleep On stamp). And while I am still a fan of his early work, the Boston native has really found his zone as of late.
When asked what changed, EL told OnesToWatch that he “stopped trying to force things in [his] life that didn’t feel right, truly follow [his] heart and passion with whatever decision it was [he] was making.” He stopped trying to be “successful” and just let the creative process take over.
Well, it worked. From “Dollas In My…” to “Kid Icarus,” every recent release has been quality and an instant addition to my ongoing playlist of loosies. And now, after breaking down the necessity of the “5 to 6” hours of one’s day, Black EL is back with “Tell Me If The Bass Good” — aka the greatest song about living at home with your parents ever made.
“Up until recently I lived at home in the suburbs with my parents and as much as I love them it was pretty hard not having my own space,” El told OTW. “So I always went out whenever I could even if it was to go down the street to get a coffee, I would literally put on my flyest/most comfortable outfit, blast music in my car and drive.
“Sometimes I would go to the city, and other times I’d just go down the street to the grocery store. I spent a lot of time in my car, and it was the only time I could truly be by myself. “Tell Me If The Bass Good” is about reluctantly living at home with my parents and getting that personal time in my whip where I could collect my thoughts.”
Produced by Lil Rich (and mixed/mastered by Durkin), “Tell Me If The Bass Good” can be heard below.