Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Wolf Castle - "Welfman"

Photo by Phyllis Grant

Pabineau First Nations MC Wolf Castle is back with a new single that's furthering my fandom of Canadian hip hop. "Welfman" is a "de-colonial, working class banger." It's that kind of underground hip hop that could possibly break out at any moment. "Welfman" is a truly killer hip hop song that anyone that has ever been even slightly into rap is going to enjoy. Wolf Castle is a ridiculously talented rapper with a unique flow and voice that is laid back at one moment and aggressive the next. Seriously, do yourself a favor and jump on this bandwagon early.

In a press release, Wolf Castle says of the new song:

"Welf" was an insult when I was in school, short for "Welfare" used to make fun of people who were poor. My family's had their struggles and so have a lot of other people where I'm from, so I wanted to make a song that said it was okay to be from that, and to do what you had to do to get by. It was my way of saying "Screw you" to those people. The insult ironically also sounds like "Wealth" and I also wanted to abbreviate it to "W.E.L.F" standing for "Working Everyday Living Famous."

You can listen to "Welfman" below. Da Vinci's Inquest is due out August 6 on Forward Music Group. You can pre-order a copy via Bandcamp. For more on Wolf Castle, check out the artist's Facebook and Twitter.

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