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Sheck Wes’ Viral SoundCloud Hit ‘Mo Bamba’ Debuts on Billboard Hot 100

Harlem-based rapper Sheck Wes scores his first entry on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (dated Sept. 8), as "Mo Bamba" debuts at No. 82.

Harlem-based rapper Sheck Wes scores his first entry on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (dated Sept. 8), as “Mo Bamba” debuts at No. 82.

The track — named for Mohamed Bamba, center for the NBA’s Orlando Magic and with whom Wes grew up — was uploaded to SoundCloud a year ago, and its official video arrived on YouTube on Jan. 30. But thanks to social media posts about it from Shaquille O’Neal, Drake, Odell Beckham Jr. and others, it has steadily been gaining traction in recent months.

Drake even gives the 19-year-old rapper a shout-out on Travis Scott’s “Sicko Mode,” on which Drake provides additional vocals. “When I shoot my shot, that shit wetty like I’m Sheck,” Drake raps. Drake and Sheck Wes also performed the song together at the former’s Aug. 22 concert at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto. They also sang “Sicko Mode” with Travis Scott, as both MCs provide vocals on the song’s studio version. “Sicko Mode” debuted and has peaked at No. 4 on the Hot 100 (Aug. 18) and currently stands at No. 7.


“Mo Bamba,” which also debuts on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at No. 33, drew 8.9 million U.S. streams (up 25 percent) and sold 1,000 downloads (also up 25 percent) in the tracking week ending Aug. 30, according to Nielsen Music. The cut was produced by 16yrold (full name: Jerry Cruz) and duo Take a Daytrip (Denzel Baptiste and David Biral).

Wes concurrently stands at No. 27 on the Emerging Artists chart.

Meanwhile, as previously reported, Drake’s “In My Feelings” rules the Hot 100 for an eighth week.