Watchlist Wednesdays: Vince Staples – Putting Long Beach Back On The Map
By Anton Constantinou - @Aberrantin
Watchlist Wednesdays is a variation on the usual Think Ahead Tuesdays theme. It brings news of new hip hop tracks/ gigs/ films, as well as hot gossip.
Vince Staples is quickly gaining a reputation as one of the most provocative and humorous voices in hip hop. In a recent interview with TIME magazine, the Long Beach rapper caused uproar by claiming that 90’s rap is overrated. Speaking as a 22 year old star on the come-up, he notes ” Whatever you were watching or listening to when you were young is always going to to be your favourite thing because it made you what you are today”. He adds, “Tupac and Biggie were the staples of 90’s, I think that’s where they get the golden era credit”. He instead cites people like Lil Bow Wow, Lil Romeo and 50 cent as his biggest likes growing up.
Staples first arrived on the scene in 2011, after dropping out of school and packing in the gang banging he’d got mixed up in. During that time he became closely affiliated with rap collective, Odd Future, but later fell out sorts after befriending group members Syd the Kid, Mike G and Earl Sweatshirt. That year he released his debut mixtape, Shyne Coldchain Vol. 1. A year later he released his follow up mixtape, Winter In Prague. After reconnecting with Earl Sweatshirt in early 2012, Staples was then introduced to Mac Miller. The two went on to release the mixtape, Stolen Youth- produced entirely by Mac under the alias, Fisherman. Also on that mixtape were guest stars Ab-soul and Schoolboy Q.
Flash forward 3 years and Staples has a studio double album to his name and an ongoing world tour to keep him busy. His big debut release, Summertime 06′, dropped in June this year, received an impress 87/100 on Metacritic, based on 24 reviews. In a positive review, Complex Magazine wrote, “Summertime ’06’s coming of age tale is complemented perfectly by production that finds the nuance in Staples’ stories and matches it, couching Staples’ rhymes in a way that the streets can understand best.” Peep the full album below:
Despite becoming something of a twitter troll, Staples is both exciting to listen to and equally entertaining to follow. Join him on his journey now by making an appearance at one of his many gigs around the globe. From Thursday 5th November, he will be making pitsops in London, Dublin and Canada, as well as travelling up and down the States.
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