By Jack Barnes
With an gruff, authoritative, and weathered rasp, Charlotte rapper Well$ crafts fierce and honest rap songs about his life as a hard-living young man and as a child of Congolese immigrants. Saluting his friends who have supported him from the beginning, Well$ dances around swirling synth arpeggios on “Day Ones,” his latest single. The rapper employs a rock solid cadence as he aggressively barks about lessons from his childhood: “7th Grade, had a concept down of paying rent/Cause daddy broke/ain’t like ain’t nobody know/snotty-nosed n*gga still plottin’ on your bottom hoe/all I had was my words.” Produced by KOMODO, “Day Ones” is a distorted, eerie banger with a propulsion that echoes the Immacule Taste artist’s drive for success as portrayed in the verses. Premiered by Pigeons & Planes, “Day Ones” is the latest single from Well$’ project All Kings Get Their Heads Chopped Off, arriving this Thursday. Enjoy this audio stream below after the jump.
The third major project from the acclaimed North Carolina emcee, All Kings Get Their Heads Chopped Off follows last year’s The Way I’m Living Makes My Mom Nervous, a deeply personal effort about the immigrant experience in America that doubled as a showcase for the the underrepresented North Carolina arts community. TWILMMMN was a suitable follow-up to his previous mixtape, MTSYD: The Revenge of the African Booty Scratcher, which earned Well$ praise from Pitchfork and led to a performance at 2016’s Moogfest, which NOISEY listed as one of the “Seven Sets At Moogfest That Expanded Our Consciousness into New Realms.” Well$ has kept busy in 2017 with a steady stream of singles, including his appearance on Baloji’s afrobeat/hip-hop hybrid “Unité & Litre,” alongside his cousin and labelmate Alec Lomami and acclaimed artist Saul Williams, and the luxurious Pigeons & Planes-premiered relationship drama “Rosé,” AKGTHCO releases on all digital distributors on June 8th.
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