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EL’s ‘BAR 4’ Is One of the Strongest African Hip-Hop Releases of the Year

Ghanaian rapper EL declares himself the best African rapper for the fourth time, and we are tempted to believe him.

Prolific Ghanaian rapper El's Bar mixtape series is on its fourth iteration in just three years.


"BAR" in this case is an acronym for "Best African Rapper," a title EL gave to himself, and one that is not too far from the truth.

EL makes rapping sound easy, and on the Bar series, he normally keeps himself free from any pressures of the economics of the music industry. His focal point is delivering the best bars over the hardest beats.

On Bar 4, though, he takes it a step further, as he delivers some sing-along songs while still rapping harder than your fave. Songs like "Home," "Vim," "1212" flirt with pop but still manage to not lose the grit of the mixtape series.

He showcases all his MC dynamics, but storytelling seems to be what Bar is mostly about, as indicated on songs like "Nina," "Suicide Note," "It Was All A Dream," "Bestie" and "Home." His subjects range from online stalkers, his love-hate relationship with hip-hop, friendship and his aspirations.

He uses different flows for different drum patterns, and deploys just enough singing to make the project dynamic, but not so much that it becomes a pop project.

If, just like me, you are tired of rappers trying to be everything at once, then Bar 4 is the project for you.

Even though he can sing, EL knows rapping is his strongest trait as an artist, and this project ticks all the boxes of a great rap project.

Listen to Bar 4 below or download it here, and make sure to excavate the past three iterations. Thank us later.

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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