PREMIERE: Black EL “Highlight Film”
The Boston emcee gets his Dominique Wilkins on
Over the course of his career, basketball player Dominique Wilkins acquired the nickname “Human Highlight Film” for his spectacular highlight reel dunks. His favored dunks were a one- or two-handed windmill, specialties that won him the Slam Dunk Contest in 1985 and 1990. Black EL’s newest track, “Highlight Film,” which we’re premiering today, is named for Wilkins’ keen ability to dunk and natural ability to flex.
“I named it that because [first,] I haven’t really flexed on a track in a long time (due to my depression), so I wanted to switch up the flow constantly and just rap. [And second,] show that I’m just ready to have fun with my family. The highlight of my day (or week) most of the time is just hanging out with my fam, whether we’re creating or strictly chilling,” EL says via email.
He’s never experienced a time in his career where he dropped music just for the hell of it. Now, as he enters the ‘mixtape era’ of his career, he’s putting music out just because he wants it out. He’s his own version of early 2000’s Lil Wayne, the days when he’d release mixtape after mixtape.
“I miss those days when Lil Wayne’s new tape would come online on DatPiff and you’d just rush to download it, and it would take like two hours because everyone and their mom was downloading it. Kendrick Lamar just dropped untitled unmastered, and it’s a bunch of demos from To Pimp A Butterfly—10 years ago all of those songs would of been on a mixtape.
“It’s all just packaged differently, but everything is just moving faster. So much content is coming out everyday and if you’re making music today, you have to make a lot and it’s gotta be dope, and if you can do that, it’s impressive. Essentially, I’m just trying to impress myself,” he says.
“Highlight Film” is one of the few loosies EL is sharing before he releases his upcoming project, Anywhere But Here, later this year.