Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

MoStack – What I Wanna

UK rapper last seen with a lot more people than here…


Micha Cavaseno: I’ve crammed close to half a dozen references to MoStack’s brilliance on this site over the years, in reviews of songs he was featured on, in the songs of his commercial peers, and just in generally unrelated songs. And it’s not as if he delivered any less than I expect here, even if his bawdy sex jokes are especially groan-worthy. It’s just that I would’ve liked Ill Blu not to resort to something as trite as a clunky “Still Not a Player” remake to keep Mo in the charts.

Nortey Dowuona: Bouncy piano chords from Big Pun’s “Still Not a Player” strapped to the slick afropop drums and MoStack’s slick, nasally snarl, as he slings both cooing and threats without seeming mismatched or overconfident.

Stephen Eisermann: The sample here works better than it did on Ariana’s single with the same sample, but sometimes MoStack tries to stuff too many words into a line and ends up tripping over his own words. Regardless, the track exudes youthful energy and brings to mind Khalid, if he were more energized, more cocky, and a rapper. 

Katherine St Asaph: The beat, sampled from “A Little Bit of Love” and having since bubbled up through rap and pop, is significantly more pleasant than the rap over it.

Alfred Soto: Increasingly I find it tacky to boast about sticking your cock in anybody even if he or she has made it clear they don’t mind. “She so comfy, she even fart around me,” MoStack insists, and I believe him, I guess. 

Julian Axelrod: There’s plenty of dumb stuff here: the beat is UK-summer-banger-by-numbers, the sex puns make me roll my eyes, and the line about his girl farting straddles the line between romantic and weird. But MoStack is so damn charming he makes it all work. His voice is refreshing and effortless, while his verses split the difference between confrontational and conversational. I love the way he blurs the line between singing and rapping, like he’s duetting with the ghostly R&B coos in the crevices of the beat. It’s just started getting sunny, and this song’s already got its hooks in me. By the time summer rolls around, I’ll probably be obsessed.

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