Minneapolis Emcee Farr Well Speaks About Mental Illness, Black Identity, and Encouragement

by Raheem Karim
Farr Well

Farr Well

Farr Well Explores Mental Illness and Police Brutality

Minneapolis emcee Farr Well aka Farrington Llewellyn maybe one of the best underground artist of 2020. Minneapolis is known for its musical genius such as Prince, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, The Time, Lizzo and many others.

Farr Well does not fall far from that tree of talent. He has taken a different approach to music building a platform based on encouragement of acceptance, understanding, and the betterment of humanity. This is truly remarkable when most new artists speak about selling dope and shooting their own people to get ahead.

2020 has been a challenging year with a up tick of police brutality toward African Americans, and social justice protest. Young people have stepped up and demanded change which has reverberated throughout the country. What make Farr Well unique is that has been involved in activism for the past 5 years shining a light on black identity, activism, gun violence, and most recently, mental illness. He is a community leader in holding safe spaces for healing and hard conversations.

One of his most notable achievements so far in his young career is the Black Identity Series which set out to find clarity around the issues he struggled with as an African American growing up in a neglected city and experiencing the deaths of friends from school due to senseless gun violence.

Farr Well has paid his dues rising through the ranks on this music game. He opened for established artist Flo-Rida, Blood Raw, Rakim and other notable artists.

In July of this year he released the critically acclaimed Hard Pill to Swallow” EP. Coming to terms with his Bipolar diagnosis, Llewellyn is opening the door for conversations on mental illness and generational trauma. Documenting his life from 2015-2020, the six-song EP is an up-close and personal view of his mental health journey that in turn encourages people to work through their own hard life experiences.

Farr just released his new 8 track EP in August Chameleon Lifestyles SimulationI can really appreciate this project because of the unique eclectic sounds of jazz tones and drum patterns. This is the true essence of hip hop music.

He raps with a straightforward cadence about his life experiences. The topics he explores on this album include mental illness, overwhelming feelings, his dreams, politics, and even police brutality. The lo-fi beats paired with his rapping style make the project an easy listen. You can stream Farr’s music on Spotify and Bandcamp.

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