By Jack Barnes
At first they may seem like strange bedfellows, but Charlotte rapper Well$ and Durham indie electropop duo Sylvan Esso are distinctively North Carolinian. Well$ represents NC Hip-Hop’s combination of the North’s intricate lyricism and the South’s brash boastfulness, while Sylvan Esso creates a blend ofAmelia Meath‘s signature vocals with Nick Sanborn‘s electronic production. On “Young Man,” premiered Friday by The FADER, they prove to be two great tastes that taste great together; the aggressive braggadocio of Well$ during the song’s first half finds its perfect foil in the gentle concern voiced by singer Amelia Meath. Enjoy this audio stream below after the jump.
Featuring wavy synths, hi-hat rolls, and pitched-up vocal samples courtesy of producer Jimmy Kelso, “Young Man” is a seamless blend of genres and a unique artifact of the burgeoning North Carolina music scene. “Young Man” is the latest single from Well$’ forthcoming mixtape The Way I’m Living Makes My Mom Nervous. The follow-up to 2014’s acclaimed MTSYD: The Revenge of the African Booty Scratcher, TWILMMMN comes out later this year.
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