I was 14-years old riding the New York City subway uptown. The suits were holding their bags tight and rolling their eyes, because these loud ass kids with no other goal in sight than ending their evening with a chicken over rice plate are ruining their afternoon commute. Sheck Wes’ music embodies the feeling of growing up in a city where your presence is unwanted, so you just do whatever the hell you want to spite them.

On “Wanted,” the Harlem rapper captures a New York perspective you won’t find on an HBO series. The Redda-produced track lays a foundation for Sheck with haunting melodies that fit into the menacing sound of uptown hip-hop at the moment. It also gifts him hard-hitting drums ready for the world of mosh-pitting. On the track Sheck feels lost as he moves from downtown to uptown and back (“14th St. I was wanted/34th St. I was wanted/116th I was wanted”). And although the only people that show interest in him are the cops trying to chase him out of their glorified tourist playgrounds, he wilds out anyway. “I used to take the train to act a ass in public,” he raps. Sheck’s decisions feel impulsive, which for a New York kid is a mindset built within from early on—even his famous “bitch” ad-lib seems inserted on a whim. It’s why Sheck Wes has become the the loud and screaming proxy for young New Yorkers who normally never get a chance to have their voice heard.