Mo Bamba - Sheck Wes

The Experience: I be ballin'... The satisfaction of knowing you're on top of the world...

Music video: Sheck Wes highlights the parallels between his up and coming career and Mo Bamba's NBA dream. Both of them are successful on their own. And both of them are courted by people who want to own them and their success. But the bag of crisp hundreds gets thrown to the wind, and both of them hold on to their success - it's theirs and theirs alone.

The Meaning of Mo Bamba: The song delves heavily into sexual imagery as a metaphor for success. People flock to Sheck Wes - I got h-es calling a young n-gga phone. He's an expert - I be ballin'. You don't mess with him - you f-ck around and get poled (shot). He's gettin' really rich. He takes other people's trophies - I f-cked your h-e (Sh-t) and she ain't even let you know. And he's still young, which makes success all the sweeter. 

Ask yourself: Sheck Wes has a right to be proud of his success. But using f-ck to represent control and dominance over the competition turns love into a war and every lover into a trophy. What's more disturbing: that Sheck Wes chose that particular metaphor... or that it works so well? And what does that say about the state of love today?

Album: Mudboy (2018)


Daytrip took it to 10

I got h-es calling a young n-gga phone (Ring ring)
Where's Ali with the m-th-rf-cking dope? (B-tch, b-tch)
I be ballin' like a m-'f-ckin' pro (Like a, huh, like a, huh)
I be ballin' like my n-gga Mo (Bamba, bitch)
Sheck Wes, I ain't a m-'f-ckin' joke (Haha, hahahahaha)
Steph Wes stay with the f-ckin' pole (Pa, pa, pa-pa)
You f-ck around and get poled (You get poled, b-tch)
'Cause I got h-es (So many f-cking hes)
Callin' a young n-gga phone
(Ring-ring, ring, ring-ring, ring, ring-ring)
Where's Ali with the (B-tch with the) m-'f-ckin' dope? (Huh)
I be ballin' like a m-'f-ckin' pro (Like a m-'f-ckin' pro)
I be ballin' like my n-gga Mo (Bamba, Bamba)
Sheck Wes got so many flows (I do it all)
Call me Drake how a n-gga contro-

Oh! F-ck! Sh-t! B-tch! (Huh)
Young Sheck Wes and I'm getting really rich (Ching-ching)
See how I caught it 'cause I'm really with the sh-ts (Bang-bang)
See me in the streets and I be really with a (Cling, cling), with a
Bad b-tch (B-tch), n-ggas straight rocking (Rock)
N-ggas straight see me, when they see me, they be coppin' (What?)
I'm the best drug dealer, n-gga, come and cop it (Got it)
Young Sheck Wes, I'm like the f-ckin' Green Goblin (Hahahaha)

I got h-es (H-es, ho)
Calling a young n-gga phone, phone (B-tch)
Where's Ali with the m-th-rf-cking dope?
(With the m-th-rf-cking dope)
Dope (With the m-th-rf-cking dope)
With the m-th-rf-cking dope (B-tch)
With the dope (Getting rich), with my bros (B-tch, sh-t)
I f-cked your h-e (Sh-t)
And she ain't even let you know (She f-cked up)

Damn, this n-gga nice, f-ck is you talking about?
('Cause I got) b-tch (H-es)
And my n-gga One-Six, my n-gga
Ali, the Daytrip n-gga, f-ck is n-ggas talking about?
(I got h-es, sh-t
Young Sheck Wes, I do it on the go)

review by Benjamin O'Loughlin


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