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Hailing from Harlem, New York, with roots from Senegal, West Africa, Wes credits his east coast upbringing and his NYC summer breaks for being exposed to music at an early age.
I never spent a summer in Milwaukee. Every summer I was always in New York. And, my Dad had a lot of cds and a lot of albums and stuff. I used to take them and one of the first ones I got was ‘Ready To Die.’ So I got into music young and old school music young. Then I would be in a sneaker store in Milwaukee, where it was a lot of old heads and they were all into music…they had me in the sneaker store as an apprentice and they’d be playing mad old school music.
Finding success first in modeling and basketball, Wes held on to his rhyming talents and continued to write and collab with a few of his high school friends. The “Mo Bamba” rapper transitioned from modeling, and working with Kanye’s Yeezy brand, through his consistent pen and freestyle techniques which led him him to taking over every house party.
Wes details how he met up with Travis Scott, shares his family ties to Africa, and how “Mo Bamba” came together.
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