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Well$ And His Grandma Redefine Swag In 'Savoir-Faire'

Congolese/Charlotte-bassed rapper Well$ introduces the world to his grandma and his effortless flow in "Savoir-Faire."


Charlotte-based rapper Well$ is redefining swag one music video at a time. On the visuals for "Savoir-Faire," the opening track off his forthcoming mixtape MTSYD: Revenge of the African Booty Scratcher, Well$ addresses the assassination of Patrice Lumumba and sits alongside his grandma as she effortlessly nods her head to the beat. The son of Congolese immigrants and cousin to Alec Lomami, Well$ (aka Leroy Shingu) first arrived on the rap scene in 2012 when his debut EP $ay La V rose to the top of Bandcamp charts. By the sounds of "Savoir-Faire," he's stayed busy cooking up his own brand of laid back, blues-infused hip-hop since then. Watch Well$' dope grandma rocking Jordans in the video below and stay tuned for MTSYD: Revenge of the African Booty Scratcher due out in April.

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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