As the son of Congolese immigrants, Charlotte rapper Well$ is no stranger to tales of struggle. Like many families across the country, Well$ and his family have carved out a successful life for themselves in the United States. New single “Day Ones” serves as a tribute to those who have had his back from the very beginning. Loyalty can never be overrated. Produced by KOMODO, “Day Ones” is the taken from Well$’ upcoming project All Kings Get Their Heads Chopped Off, dropping June 8th.
“7th Grade, had a concept down of paying rent/Cause daddy broke/ain’t like ain’t nobody know/snotty-nosed n*gga still plottin’ on your bottom hoe/all I had was my words.” – Well$
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, $ay La V, Well$’ 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 “State of Ecstasy The Interlude Part 1? 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.