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Video: Well$ –¬†“Demo 1”

The Charlotte Rapper Reflects on His Lot in Life in This Short, But Intense Clip

7.20.2017

Critical praise:

“The album finds the 19-year-old straddling the line between trunk-rattling southern bounce and the witty 16s of any Freshman spitter.” –¬†The FADER

“A charismatic live performer…the hometown hero is ready to shine whenever the national look is imminent. –¬†Pitchfork

“Well$ uses inspiration from his own heritage as well as popular American culture to develop a sound that is distinctly his own, drawing on southern influences as well as his own African culture.” –¬†Complex

‚ÄúCharlotte, N.C., may not be the first city to come to mind when thinking of hip hop hotbeds, but thanks to a rising echelon of talent, that‚Äôs about to change. Leading that charge is 19-year-old Leroy Shingu, who goes by the name of Well$.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄstHuffington Post

The Video:

Asserting his authoritative bark over an eclectic array of¬†beats, NC’s Well$ is one of the most inventive emcees south of the Mason-Dixon line. A quick burst of intense self-reflection,¬†Demo 1”¬†is the latest lyrical exercise from the young rapper, as he experiments with vocal manipulation and sizzles with 2 minutes worth of straight bars. To accompany the new track, Well$ creates a claustrophobic visual, complete with neon lights and smoke machines, cutting a striking figure in an empty warehouse that he fills with his charisma. Premiered by¬†VIBE, “Demo 1” is another installment of a busy 2017 for Well$, following the release of his latest project¬†All Kings Get Their Heads Chopped Off,¬†premiered in early June by NOISEY.

Featuring highlights¬†such as relationship drama “Ros√©” and the whirling “Day Ones,”¬†both premiered by¬†Pigeons & Planes,¬†All Kings Get Their Heads Chopped Off is a¬†a strong collection of textured, electronic-influenced tracks.¬†With production from Well$’¬†Immaculate Taste¬†labelmates Lucho, VACAY, and Alec Lomami, as well as appearances from¬†NicX and¬†Wally Left,¬†All Kings Get Their Heads Chopped Off¬†followed-up¬†The Way I’m Living Makes My Mom Nervous, which was similarly loaded with North Carolina talent. A cohesive and tight knit effort, All Kings Get Their Heads Chopped Off¬†is Well$’ formidable bid to raise the profile¬†for North Carolina’s diverse and thriving rap scene. Explained Well$ to Noisey, “I feel like North Carolina rap artists, we have to show unity‚Äď‚Äďthat we’re cultivating a culture and not just individual aesthetics. It has to be a part of something greater.¬†Until you can finally say you know what a North Carolina scene kid is, we won’t have a sound. Down here, you never know what you’re going to get.¬†Hopefully, I can be a forefather of that, and help the next generation of artists who are specifically from North Carolina.”¬†All Kings Get Their Heads Chopped Off¬†is out now and available to¬†stream on Spotify.

Watch “Demo 1”:¬†https://youtu.be/R4vJpFs6E6U

Check out the VIBE premiere: https://www.vibe.com/2017/07/premiere-wells-demo1/

Listen to All Kings Get Their Heads Chopped Off: https://open.spotify.com/album/0sduPlUOvmGlXuydfVCVC7

Please contact Michelle or Dharmic for more info.

The Background:

Like most kids in his native town of Charlotte, North Carolina, Leroy Shingu had a head filled with hip-hop dreams growing up, even trying his hand at freestyling when he was all of nine years old. But a trying background starkly different from the blissful suburban reality of his peers would compel the rapper better known as¬†Well$¬†to turn that childhood fantasy into a promising career as a rapper. Quietly released in 2012,¬†$ay La V, Well$‚Äô debut EP rose steadily on the Bandcamp charts to peak at number 5 and eventually become the most downloaded album in the Charlotte area. This remarkable ascent as well as the video for the song¬†‚ÄúState of Ecstasy The Interlude Part 1‚Ä≥¬†hauled Well$ out of virtual anonymity, and shoved him onto high profile stage performances with artists such as¬†G Eazy, Chris Webby, Johnny Polygon, and one of his idols,¬†Pac Div. His 2014 project,¬†MTSYD: Revenge of the African Booty Scratcher¬†was well-received by fans and critics alike and he followed it up with the equally accomplished¬†The Way I’m Living Makes My Mom Nervous¬†in 2016. Well$ latest seven-track project, All Kings Get Their Heads Chopped Off, is currently available to stream on Spotify.


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“Demo 1”:¬†https://youtu.be/R4vJpFs6E6U

“SFMN”:¬†https://youtu.be/NOTNY57ERCI

All Kings Get Their Heads Chopped Off: https://open.spotify.com/album/0sduPlUOvmGlXuydfVCVC7

“Day Ones”:¬†https://open.spotify.com/album/5hZT64nZxQUzVPScNFOnMJ

“Ros√©”:¬†https://soundcloud.com/immaculate-taste/rose¬†||¬†https://open.spotify.com/album/6ThOx9CNh1BCnqPwEKvlGT

Baloji – “Unit√© & LibreRemix” ft. Well$ & Alec Lomami & Saul Williams:¬†https://soundcloud.com/bella-union/baloji-unite-litre-feat-saul-williams

Watch “XXX”:¬†https://youtu.be/bPKoRAWEFqI

“Us vs. The World” (Remix):¬†https://soundcloud.com/immaculate-taste/us-vs-the-world-ft-angelo-mota-bankroll-bird-remix/s-stC6N

The Way I’m Living Makes My Mom Nervous:¬†https://itun.es/us/cwiyfb¬†//¬†http://open.spotify.com/album/66S2DkLxUaWaWuuhcyCCoj

“A Sad Dance Song” ft. Lucho:¬†https://soundcloud.com/immaculate-taste/a-sad-dance-song-1

“Young Man” ft. Sylvan Esso:¬†https://soundcloud.com/immaculate-taste/well-young-man-ft-sylvan-esso-prod-by-jimmy-kelso-nick-sanborn

“’98 Juvie” ft. Deniro Farrar:¬†https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4sJKPBGxLk

“130” (Official Version):¬†https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YneUXoS3NZk

“130” (one-take version):¬†https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXpk1BwnFew

“Heaven’s Door” ft. Alec Lomami (Prod. by Metro Boomin):¬†https://soundcloud.com/immaculate-taste/well-heavens-door-ft-alec-lomami-prod-by-metroboomin

MTSYD: Revenge of the African Booty Scratcher: http://www.audiomack.com/album/well/mtsyd-the-revenge-of-the-african-booty-scratcher

Bio, pics, and more here: http://www.audibletreats.com/wells/