A young man born Khadimoul Rassoul Sheck Fall, better known as Sheck Wes, is beginning to stomp a major footprint within the hip-hop hemisphere. As a youth, he divided his time between his home city of Harlem, in New York City, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The reason for his travels to Wisconsin were primarily financial, as his mother owned a salon out in that region. He went to school out there as well and would find himself as a frequent visitor within the sneaker shop. The oldheads began to question his whereabouts and Sheck was quick to inform them of his New York background. Soon enough, he became the youngin always in the sneaker shop and gained extensive footwear knowledge from soaking up game from the OG’s in that shop.
Learning about sneakers proved to be just one of the pivotal traits that Wes gained from spending time in the Milwaukee activewear spot. When his peers were “cranking that Soulja Boy” he would spend time expanding his horizons to songs such as “The Message” by Nasir Jones. While others around him preferred to ride what was popular he branched out and received extensive knowledge from much older individuals. Clearly, this ability to absorb intelligence and flip it for insightful achievement proved profitable.
Rebirth through perspective
As a son of Muslim Senegalese immigrants, Wes received proper discipline at home. That did not directly translate or result to appropriate behavior. Due to his trouble-making tendencies, Sheck’s mother made him pack his bags and uproot to Senegal, Africa as a teen. While abroad, his passport became held captive and used as blackmail to trick him into becoming an errand boy. While they used his identification as leverage, he refused to be baited into a negative situation. Rather than dwell upon the fact that he was practically held hostage, he used his situation to the best of his abilities. Residing in another country with people of his own unique background yielded an entirely new perspective for this young man.
This sudden transition most definitely weighed upon Sheck and gave him a purpose upon moving back to the United States. After an intensive legal battle with the United States Embassy, the government decided that a decision could not be considered until he turned eighteen. I guess you could say that Sheck Wes discovered his why and answered the question regarding his state of existence and gift to Earth. After spending his eighteenth birthday in Senegal, Sheck took his adult fate into his own hands.
As a young bull, Wes shared the same stomping grounds as Mohammed Bamba. His groundbreaking single “Mo Bamba” receives constant plays within many spheres of influence around the city. Bamba was the first person to receive the single and hear it digitally. Wes equates his upbringing and struggle to the likes of Mo Bamba because they share a lot of common interests. They both grew up playing basketball and were the target of several inquiring minds. With many labels reaching to sign him, and several universities clinging to recruit, Bamba and Wes aimed to create the ultimate successful situation in each of their respective careers.
Fashion, basketball or hip-hop?
As a matter of fact, Sheck Wes did not even ponder the idea of becoming a rapper until he was approached by Kanye West. Coming up, he focused solely upon basketball. With a slender frame, 6’2 attributes and a decent wingspan, Wes aimed for the stars and glory of the NBA. Since the age of thirteen, he would hustle basic vending machine items such as chips to stack enough funds in order to qualify for the AAU selections. Ultimately, Sheck had a choice to make. Basketball or Hip-Hop? Nothing was more glaring than the conflict he faced while pondering the decision head on.
Rather than attend his playoff basketball game, Sheck decided to participate in Yeezy Season 3. After being an absentee from Yeezy Season 2 due to truancy and basketball implications, Wes was certain to capitalize on this consecutive opportunity. After a trial with Birkenstock, several close associates recommended that he angle toward fashion due to his lengthy frame, impeccably dark and flawless skin.
From humble beginnings, Sheck Wes has traveled generations to arrive at his current destination. His singles such as “LiveSheckWes,” “Mo Bamba” and “Do That” have garnered significant attention in quite the short span of time. His energy is raw, his style is gritty and overall he commands passionate responses from everyone involved. With an unpredictable nature, he shells out hostile rhymes that are difficult to ignore. As a true wildcard, Sheck Wes’ brand of mosh-pit rap keeps everyone honest and creates gravitational force amongst his fans. His cult-like following arrives by the boatload and everywhere he performs there is bound to be a prompt uproar.
What separates this young energetic artist from his confidants is the ability to stand up for what will last. He is not ashamed to highlight his tumultuous upbringing and speak upon his rough background in favor of shedding light upon similar situations. Most importantly, the optimism that he shares allows hope for those who wish to rebuild the area which they came from. As a humanitarian, he understands that his time has everlasting staying power and his influence can inspire generations of young people.
Wes’ meteoric rise displays his magnitude of talents. With energetic performances and a kinetic style filled with lo-fi and bass heavy tunes, Wes is certain to incite a frenzy every time he takes the stage. Thus, his wide range of musical ability ends up on all different sectors of the spectrum and resonates with different demographics.
I signed a record deal with Kanye West and Travis Scott under the INTERSCOPE Imprint. I’m very excited . I hope you are too.
— Sheck Shakur (@sheckwes) February 1, 2018