Sheck Wes
Mudboy


3.0
good

Review

by Jordan M. STAFF
October 7th, 2018 | 31 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sheck Wes the hottest in the country.

I wouldn’t usually endorse the phrase ‘mumble rap,’ but Sheck Wes deserves it. Between grumbling bass and off-kilter synths, he barks and mutters insults, barely rising above a feint, droning whisper. That is, until he stumbles over his limited bars and begins ‘shitting’ and ‘bitching’ his way back into a new rhyme. He says his own name a lot. He curses nonspecifically at everything. And he prides himself in being an obnoxious loafer. He’s a mumble rapper, and proud of it. I refrain from calling him a mumble rapper though because it implies that all of that inarticulate shouting and sloganeering is just a vibe without consequence. Which is true -- there’s not much of a conscience to any of this -- but you have to hear Sheck Wes to get a feel for Sheck Wes. You’ve probably heard “Mo Bamba” already, which is far and away the best song on Mudboy, but you have to hear “Gmail” or non-album single “Do That” to appreciate how he builds a vibe. It usually always starts the same way. You don’t expect Sheck Wes to snap. But then Sheck Wes snaps, and you don’t even realise that you’re partying to the sound of a guy calling you a bitch. He’s just so smooth and deliberate in his performance that you don’t care.

Having said all of that, there isn’t enough content in Mudboy to make it much other than a vibe. There are traces of A$AP Ferg, Waka Flocka Flame, and OG Maco locked beneath its consistently muddy sound. But there isn’t enough nuance or ‘moments’ to make it worth repeated listens (like Sheck’s mentor, Travis Scott). He’s probably got a royally useless XXL Freshman place waiting for him in the next year, and he’s probably got enough clout for some high profile collaborations, too. Not to mention “Mo Bamba” is already enough of a meme to sustain a few months of unpaid promotion. But a lot of that is going to hinge on Sheck’s vibes becoming that much harder. There doesn’t seem to be an obvious path towards that, given how hard he is right now. But I trust that anyone that can make something as startlingly homogenous as this sound so fresh and exciting is capable of anything.




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Arcade
Staff Reviewer
October 6th 2018


109 Comments

Album Rating: 2.8

just a quick review to remind you that i am still alive

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Ignimbrite
October 7th 2018


6506 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

oh...

FUCK

SHIT

BITCH

YOUNG SHECK WES AND IM GETTING REALLY RICH



good review btw

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JeetJeet
October 7th 2018


5736 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I CANT GET JIGGY WIT YA SHIT

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Brostep
Emeritus
October 7th 2018


4417 Comments


Mo Bamba best song of 2018 don't @ me

Ignimbrite
October 7th 2018


6506 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

unironically, though

oltnabrick
October 7th 2018


36221 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

LIVE SHECK WES IMMA DIE SHECK WES

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Sinternet
October 7th 2018


17899 Comments


unironically agreed

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Wildhoney
October 7th 2018


301 Comments


Vibes hard, agreed

joesmoe4000
October 7th 2018


630 Comments


neva heard of dude so i checked out Mo Bamba, song is straight trash can juice i'mma pass on checking this album out.

JeetJeet
October 7th 2018


5736 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

MUDBOOOYYY

Brostep
Emeritus
October 8th 2018


4417 Comments


No shit unironically. It's fucking amazing

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
October 8th 2018


31395 Comments


not mudhoney

Eons
October 8th 2018


1986 Comments


Something about this guy's name and album title make me think he's British. I don't know anything about him, though.

THVRTVVN
October 8th 2018


452 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

holy ehit this guy's gonna have some big ones

Wildhoney
October 8th 2018


301 Comments


"Wanted" is fucking sick

JeetJeet
October 8th 2018


5736 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I've been listening to Jiggy On The Shits for the past 3 days and I cant stop

lg433
October 9th 2018


50 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

first time hearing mo bamba hated it , then it's stuck in my head

lg433
October 9th 2018


50 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

first time hearing mo bamba hated it , then it's stuck in my head

Ignimbrite
October 9th 2018


6506 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

BITCH is the greatest ad lib of all time

SandorClegane
October 9th 2018


206 Comments


anyone else see "Nudboy"?



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