Anyone with overprotective parents knows too well that it really doesn’t matter what you do, your parents will be consistently concerned regardless. For any average young adult, having a few questionable friends and making risky choices is enough to make parents turn everything into a lecture. Now just imagine combining the added pressure of a budding music career on top of that. North Carolina rapper WELL$’ new album The Way I'm Living Makes My Mom Nervous may be a personal story, but the inspiration is a familiar plot that listeners can certainly relate to. 

On his previous project MTSYD: The Revenge of the African Booty Scratcher, the young rapper told stories from the perspective of an African kid blending into the American lifestyle. Two years later on his latest release, both of these worlds begin to collide for WELL$. “My parents came to America to escape a tyrannical regime,” he explains to us via email. “For them, pursuing formal education and a career is the only way a person can make something out of themselves; unless you're a doctor or a lawyer, you ain't shit.”

Throughout the 11-track album, WELL$ proves that although he took a path his family doesn’t approve of, he’s still aiming for the successful future his parents wished for. Aside from one Metro Boomin-produced track on the album, WELL$ invites artists and producers from North Carolina and his Immaculate Taste label along for the ride—proving he’s got good company around him that his mom doesn’t need to be nervous about. 

Stream The Way I'm Living Makes My Mom Nervous below.