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“WELL$ flows atop the audio grit with some clever rhymes contained by a confident delivery…[the track] leaves us with high expectations…”Potholes in My Blog

“Charlotte-based rapper Well$ is redefining swag one music video at a time.” – OkayAfrica

“With its sludgy riffs, dusty drums and “real n***a, wassup!” ad-lib, it’s a discernible throwback to that ’90s New York aesthetic.” – MissInfo.tv

“Watching him rhyme while sitting on the couch next to his grandmother is not only a beautiful sight, but also shows how easily he has this rap thing down.” – Noisey/Vice

“Charlotte, 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’s about to change. Leading that charge is 19-year-old Leroy Shingu, who goes by the name of Well$.”Huffington Post

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. Well$’ mixtape, MTSYD: Revenge of The African Booty Scratcher, dropped in February 2014.

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Press Releases

Well$ Wilds Out in a Warehouse in the Dark-Night-of-the-Soul Visual for “Demo 1”
Well$ Breaks the Fourth Wall and Crafts Homegrown Anthem in “Strictly For My Niggaz” Visual
Well$ Channels His Inner Romanov with All Kings Get Their Heads Chopped Off, His Innovative New Noisey-Premiered EP
Well$ Salutes His “Day Ones” In This Whirling Dervish of a New Single, Premiered by Pigeons & Planes
Charlotte’s Well$ Drinks “Rosé” and Eats Calamari in a Woozy New Love Song, Premiered by Pigeons & Planes
Well$ Hops On Saul Williams’ Remix of Belgian/Congolese Artist Baloji’s “Unité & Litre” Along With Labelmate Alec Lomami
Acclaimed Charlotte Rapper Well$ Is HERE RIGHT NOW on “XXX”
Following Last Week’s Mixtape Release, Well$ Declares War On the World On His New Remix
Charlotte’s Well$ Matures, But Still Makes His Mom Nervous on New Mixtape
Charlotte’s Well$ and NOLA’s Lucho Team Up For a Tropical Flavored “Sad Dance Song”
Unlikely Bedfellows; Durham’s Indie Pop Duo Sylvan Esso Join Charlotte-based Rapper Well$ for “Young Man”
Charlotte Emcee Well$ Premieres the Raucous Visual for “’98 Juvie” via 2DOPEBOYZ, The Way I’m Living Makes My Mom Nervous Out Soon
Well$ Drops Official Video for “130,” Debuted by Pigeons & Planes
Well$ Lives Young and Reckless in One-Take “130” Video, Premiered by Mass Appeal
Debuted by Billboard, Well$ Links With Metro Boomin for “Heaven’s Door”
Well$ Joins Kool AD On Rapper/Producer Duo Weekend Money’s Latest Single, Premiered via Pigeons & Planes
Debuting via XXL, 20-Year-Old Charlotte Rapper Drops Loosie In Anticipation Of Forthcoming Sophisticated Trap EP
Following the Successful Week of Well$, the Charlotte Rapper’s September Continues to Shine on the Latest Single with Producer Gifted, Premiere via HotNewHipHop
Premiered by Billboard, The Charlotte, NC Rapper Visits A New York City Strip Club For A Video From His Critically Acclaimed MTSYD: The Revenge of the African Booty Scratcher Mixtape
Along With a Limited Edition Physical Package of His New Album, Charlotte, North Carolina Native Well$ Releases New Single via 10.DEEP and debuts at The FADER
Following His MTSYD: The Revenge of the African Booty Scratcher Mixtape, the 19-Year-Old Rapper Debuts a Loose Single via Complex
Congolese Rapper Well$ Joins CyHi Da Prynce On Remix Of His Track, “Mandela,” Honoring the Leader On His Remembrance Day
MP3: 19-Year Old Rapper Well$ Shares Latest Single From Controversial Mixtape
The FADER Premieres Mixtape from 19-Year Old Rapper Well$, MTSYD: The Revenge of the African Booty Scratcher, Available for Free Download via Immaculate Taste
Shot in Cape Town, The FADER Debuts “Django” Video from 19-Year Old Rapper Well$, whose MTSYD: The Revenge of the African Booty Scratcher Mixtape will be Released May 19th
HipHopDX Announces May 19th Release Date for Forthcoming MTSYD: The Revenge of the African Booty Scratcher Mixtape
Complex Premieres Latest Single From Forthcoming MTSYD: The Revenge of the African Booty Scratcher Mixtape
The Huffington Post Interviews the 19-Year Old Rapper, Debuts Third Single
Charlotte Rapper Well$ Releases Latest Video, Premiered by Noisey
Charlotte Rapper Well$ Releases First Single “Black Swan” For Upcoming MTSYD EP Via HipHopDX
Charlotte Rapper Well$ Releases Teaser For Upcoming EP MTSYD

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