As many of you know, last week I was at Brooklyn Bowl for OkayPlayer’s 7th Annual Holiday Jam featuring the legendary Roots and other special guests. Knowing that I needed to get there early to get a decent spot to take photos, I showed up at Brooklyn Bowl early – and while on line I wound up talking to a very cold North Carolina-based emcee by the name of Well$ and some of his crew. (To be fair, it was pretty cold last Monday but thankfully, it wasn’t like Friday or even Saturday night.) 

I recently got an email from Well$ with a link to his latest single “State of Ecstasy Part 2,” and although the North Carolina-based emcee is only 17, he sounds much more mature than his years, as he spits over an eerily sparse beat that manages to sound menacing. He’s working on the finishing touches for the African Booty Scratcher Mixtape, which is slated for an early 2014 release – and i think you’ll be hearing a lot from him next year.