Every day a star is born. And in hip-hop, Sheck Wes is one of the latest artists to go from anonymity to being one of the most popular newcomers in the game.
The Harlem-born artist's rise happened seemingly overnight. He was splitting his time between playing organized basketball, modeling and rapping up until his 2017 single, "Mo Bamba," became a viral sensation and runaway hit. The slow-burning song peaked at No. 31 on the Billboard Hot 100. Sheck Wes' buzz and unbridled energy piqued the interests of Travis Scott and Kanye West, who inked him to a joint deal with Cactus Jack Records and G.O.O.D. Music in February 2018.
After making an appearance on Travis Scott's Astroworld track "No Bystanders," Sheck is out to prove he can extend the magic of "Mo Bamba" (and the equally raucous single "Live Sheck Wes") over the course of a full project. That effort has arrived in the form of Mudboy, which boasts production from 16yrold, Redda, Take A Daytrip and YungLunchBox, among others. The project doesn't include any guest appearances; Sheck Wes holds down the spotlight for dolo to show what he's got over the course of 14 tracks.
"Similes and metaphors, that bullshit, I play on," he rhymes on "Burn Slow (Interlude)," despite learning heavily on bass-heavy beats and unbridled energy on Mudboy.
With a large segment of the rap world tuned into Sheck Wes, XXL gave his first full-length project a spin to highlight 20 of the best lyrics from Mudboy.
"I been feelin' lazy, smokin' too much O.G/Sheck Wes going through some things, I'm smokin' O.D./Now Sheck Wes in the V.I.P, last year runnin' from police/If I made it here, then I'm the M.V.P./I get higher than heaven, rock that B-A-P-E/These hoes say young Sheck Wes hotter than AZ/N-I-K-Es all on my feet, fuck you, pay me, that's what a nigga breathes" —Sheck Wes
"Live Sheck Wes"Sheck Wes
"Bitch, I'm Harlem boy Sheck Wes, bitch, I always been the man/All my followers in these streets/All the followers on the 'Gram/All the roaches I have Raid, ain't have ACs, I had fans/Always been a real nigga, Sheck Wes never been a fan/We was out here on the strip, tellin' cops to suck our dick/With some boys, we're shootin' shots, other boys were clutchin' clips/It gets tragic where I live, everything is negative/Hold the roaches in the crib, elevator full of piss" —Sheck Wes
"These niggas ain't fuckin' with me/I just been so hot that I've been movin' lowkey/Put Prius in my blunt, ain't smokin' no more O.G./It was fun and games, now it's back to controlling/'Cause... (Bitch)... I'm a fuckin' star/Dead niggas, all up at my side/Dead niggas all up on my car/Anger in my thoughts, no trust up in my heart" —Sheck Wes
"I live a mudboy lifestyle, killers on speed dial/Don't fuck with Sheck Wes, we gon' break a ki' down/Call that bitch 2K, how she blow me out/Shoot it on the 4K, might just put the leak out/Hot boy lifestyle, pull up with them thangs out/Nigga, I'm from New York, outside where we hang out/I just sip that poison, niggas sippin' tea now/I don't do the gossip, gossip, that's for females" —Sheck Wes
"I got mad hoes, gotta subtract/Nigga ain't tried me so don't watch that/'Til a nigga try me, don't watch that/I ain't Dej Loaf, nigga try that/Get toe-tagged, get body-bagged/Cause we gon' turn up, and leave the boy sad/'Cause in the fucking world, this shit gets so mad/But it's a grimy world, we was 'bout that" —Sheck Wes
"Where we from, they don't give, so we don't got shit/They leave us young niggas with no options/They leave us young niggas with the robbin'/But I was Robin Hood (Hood), when I was robbin'/Free my brother, AP, went down for the plottin'/Free my nigga, Mike, he went down for the plottin'/Where we from, they don't give, so we don't got shit/'Cause it's a grimy world, and niggas 'bout shit" —Sheck Wes
"Chippi Chippi, I ain't get high in a minute/I can't fuck with shorty, she got too many feelings/Get high like Ali Ba (Ali Ba), Chippi Chippi/Big blunts of dope, smokin' out in Mississippi/Big blunts of fuckin’ dope, smokin’ out in Memphis/I'm a carnivore, girl I eat you, then you finished/All these niggas slow, Sheck Wes get busy/Call David and Bizzy and complain about the chicken/You travel for vacay, I travel for business/I got my lil' bay-bay, but I got plenty women" —Sheck Wes
"Big blunts of fuckin' dope, out in Mississippi/I was smokin' big blunts out in Mississippi/I was smokin' big blunts, you know it stay with me/Uh, damn, I ain't got the grippy/G2 with me, know that G2 keep the grippy/This nigga said, 'How young Sheck Wes gon' rip me?'/I thought we was cool, man, fuck you and your family/Uh, damn, shoot a nigga in his kidney, whoa/Got a bad bitch, uh, she's a fuckin' 10" —Sheck Wes
"I was up in Nike, put that on Kenji/Played at Crack is Wack, rest in peace to Whitney Houston/All my shit slap like fuckin' Whitney Houston/Sheck mean teacher, all these bitch ass niggas students/I get high like Ali Ba, then I Chippi Chippi/These fuck niggas ain't really fuckin' with me/Uh, at all, keep the grippy grippy/Nigga fuckin' try me, he gon' get clippy clippy" —Sheck Wes
"Time never wasted and love never lost/Talent done took me places never been/You don't know why, why, you love me so much/You never had love, but felt it before/Where I came from, they shootin' the four/Where I come from, no books in the stores/Where I come from, there's hate and no love" —Sheck Wes
"They don't like my rap style, now they want features/I turned all my doubters into my believers/Arguin' my damn ma, fightin' with my teachers/Skip my game for the fashion show, one of my best decisions" —Sheck Wes
"Goin' through a damn phase/Goin' through a damn change/Goin' through my damn passport/I been goin' through these damn pages" —Sheck Wes
"You know I'm the bomb, ball like I'm on TNT/Huh, Jayson Tatum, rookie, how I'm ballin' in the sleeve/Racks in my jeans, no ash on my fleece/First round draft picks, throw 'em in the V/Two plus two, that's fo’, I give ’em to the Cleve/Go divide two 11, sauce 'em up, that’s me ballin"' —Sheck Wes
"Burn Slow (Interlude)"Sheck Wes
"Fuck your whole crew/Sheck Wes, fucked your ho, too/You rub on my feet 'cause I don't touch on no toes, boo/My mood so blinding, invisible when I move through/This cloak on me I got cost me a little juice/Convict like Akon, talk shit like Draymond/If you talk hard and don't play hard, get zipped up like Akron/Nigga blowin' up, like napalm/23 like LeBron" - Sheck Wes
"Jiggy On The Shits"Sheck Wes
"My mama said that I ain't never coming home/I'm too badass and can't nobody else control me/But mama knew she made a fuckin' badass/So mama, you think I'm gonna let these bitch-ass niggas hold me/I turned a couple years into a couple months/I took my plan, and now I'm writin' his story/Niggas always gon' downplay a young nigga/These fuck niggas don't got a real story" —Sheck Wes
"Fuck Everybody"Sheck Wes
"Fuck my school, nigga/Fuck the fuckin' police too, nigga/They tryna see me in a slump, nigga/That's why young Sheck Wes always keep the fuckin' pump, nigga/Your whole hood runnin', nigga/They see a tool sprayin', stupid tall dumb nigga/With that fuckin' drum/It go bu-rum-rum-rum-rum-rum, nigga" —Sheck Wes
"That bitch gon' drop dead in my coupe/Mad tits in my coupe/I got fuckin' headaches, Gorilla Glue/Fuckin' Gorilla Glue/They say I'm a animal like my boys up in the zoo/I'm a fuckin' Danimal, your girl up in my coupe/Danimals yogurt, bitch her skin like yogurt/Young Sheck Wes, I get that bitch wet, my dick can poke her" —Sheck Wes
"Bitch, I will fuckin' prove it/Young Sheck Wes, they tried me, they tried to call me stupid/So I mind fucked 'em,I fuckin' mind fucked 'em, wish I didn't do it/I’m a damn finesser, if you make me do it/Damn, I'm fuckin' makin' music/I was a fuckin' student/I was gettin' good grades, but I couldn't fuckin' do it" —Sheck Wes
"Vetements Socks"Sheck Wes
"I got hella problems/And I got hella issues/I got hella shooters, and my shooters official/Hoes be all up in my mouth like all up in my dental/Put my dick all in your mouth, like all up in your dental/Sheck Wes got a crazy bitch/She fuckin' with my mental/She got me all on THC, it's fucking with my mental/I call up my brothers if Young Sheck Wes got an issue/My shooters from Harlem and man dem, they gonna fix you" —Sheck Wes
"Vetements Socks"Sheck Wes
"I said don't call me Sheck Wes, call me Debo/Punk lil nigga take a lil nigga chain/Ballin' on niggas like a free throw/That's why Sheck Wes never get up out the game/Young nigga stay going beast-mode/Marshawn Lynch how a nigga catching plays/Skin a motherfucker like Seymour/I see more dollars every time I hear my name" —Sheck Wes