New Orleans-native Pell has teamed up with Ninety4our and Grammy-nominated producer Bizness Boi for a new track “Early,” which sees the lyricist reflecting on the importance of persevering during hard times.
Speaking with ESSENCE, Pell explained that the track is “a song for dreamers.”
The rapper, whose label Payday Records celebrates its 25th anniversary Friday, merges jazz-influenced saxophones with buoyant lyrics — the perfect reflection of the city he loves.
“I’m sure every city has its struggles and its hustlers,” Pell told ESSENCE, “but New Orleans is a different breed. Most people I know are so laid back, but they get so much done. It’s really simple. We do the work.”
Earlier this year, Pell brought his talents to ESSENCE Fest, where he appeared on Center Stage ahead of his performance.
Visuals for the song could be right around the corner as the rapper says he’s thought about them “over and over,” adding, “once we get the execution the world can see what we’ve been dreaming up.”
Until then, check out Pell’s latest, “Early,” above.