Why? – ‘Mumps, etc.’

Ongoing uneasiness and oversharing from the Californian rapper

Worrying about oversharing has never been Californian rapper and Anticon co-founder Yoni Wolf’s bag. He takes pleasure from overstepping the line, and listening to Wolf’s output since Why?’s debut in 2003 has been like reading a diary and then wishing you hadn’t. His fifth album ‘Mumps, Etc’ continues this approach, as it critically casts an eye over Wolf’s public persona on ‘Waterlines’ and dedicates a track to an unwell fan in ‘Kevin’s Cancer’. It’s this final track that sums up the ongoing uneasiness in Wolf’s work as, presumably while half-smiling, he sings: “I know with no uncertainty that I’m uncertain and I don’t know”.

Ailbhe Malone