Boston rapper Black EL has found a nice home on the DopeHouse, especially after recent releases, “5 to 6” and “Tell Me If The Bass Good.” He still hasn’t quite found the large audience he’s looking for, though. At least not yet.
One of the keys in finding your niche is believing in yourself and what you represent. His newest tune, “EL EL Cool Che,” brings the necessary confidence to life.
“I grapple with just reminding myself that making music is strictly for my mental stability, and working is for my physical stability,” he told Pigeons & Planes, who premiered the song. “I’m motivated because I know if I don’t create I’m going to get anxiety which will turn into depression. Music and art aren’t a hobby for me, it’s life and it’s something I will do until the day I die. There’s no real motivator besides the fact that I need music to keep me sane, happy and is the best form of therapy I’ve ever had. There’s no better drug.”
He also described a recent turbulent lifestyle, which had him getting fired from a job, moving to multiple places and traveling to London for his first international show.
Despite the back and forth from home to home to London and back, EL seems most comfortable on the relaxing “EL EL Cool Che,” which somewhat verifies the comments from above. No matter the hectic nature of his life at the time, music helps ground him and ease whatever anxiousness surrounds him.
Listen to “EL EL Cool Che” below.