By Jack Barnes
Well$ ‘ aggressive, authoritative bark and confident, yet introspective lyrical point-of-view helps him stand out as one of the best young rappers in the North Carolina scene. Returning with a strong collection of textured, electronic-influenced tracks, the son of Congolese immigrants dwells on life’s impermanence on All Kings Get Their Heads Chopped Off, his latest EP. With production from Well$’ Immaculate Taste labelmates Lucho, VACAY, and Alec Lomami, as well as appearances from NicX and Wally Left, All Kings Get Their Heads Chopped Off serves as a satisfying appetizer until Well$ completes the follow up to The Way I’m Living Makes My Mom Nervous, his most recent project, which was loaded with North Carolina talent. Enjoy this audio stream below after the jump.
Complete with seven well-crafted tracks and packed with irreverent, boastful bars, the Noisey-premiered All Kings Get Their Heads Chopped Off represents the latest stage in Well$ maturation as a person and an artist. While Well$’ first mixtape MTSYD: The Revenge of the African Booty Scratcher reflected Well$’ perspective of an African in America, and TWILMMMN discussed how Well$’ African values clashed with his American lifestyle, All Kings Get Their Heads Chopped Off finds Well$ more comfortable in his surroundings, but still wary of things that might bring him down. Featuring highlights such as relationship drama “Rosé” and the whirling “Day Ones,” both premiered by Pigeons & Planes, the NOISEY-premiered All Kings Get Their Heads Chopped Off is a propulsive and engaging listen from an artist on the rise.
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. All Kings Get Their Heads Chopped Off arrives today via Immaculate Taste.
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