Well$ speaks with more authority than the average 19-year-old. The benefit comes from his voice – deep, raspy and authoritative – making the Congolese-American artist sound like a MC Gulliver bellowing down to the Lilliputians beneath. On his latest song and video, “Django,” Well$’ booming vocals make his lyrics sound like edicts and proclamations, warnings about the life he’s inviting you in to see on his side of North Carolina.
“Closed mouths don’t get fed,
Where I’m from the casket’s closed
Xanies in packets and Tumblr hoes in backwards clothes…
I’m from the land where you got at least a grand or a plan
You don’t eat unless you shoot,
Unh, you don’t live unless we move”
The whole time, he makes it seem like listeners should be jotting down notes before crossing over into his world. For anyone who has slept thus far, don’t trip. There are still a few days left to get up to speed while Well$ finishes aligning the pieces for the May 19th release of his new project, MTSYD: The Revenge of the African Booty Scratcher.