The talks and praise of Long Beach rapper Vince Staples have been fully realized in his debut studio album Summertime 06′, which drops June 30th. It is one of the year’s best releases so far; it is a tale that brings you into a glimpse into his world, almost an origin story to one of the artist whose unapologetic deconstruction of ‘gangsta rap’ is unrelenting, poignant, intelligent social commentary. His music goes to police brutality, sex, gang violence, poverty, classicism, the struggle of black people, without dipping into the realm of preachy heavy handedness that you’d expect of such a layered work. He doesn’t attempt to glorify the realities and brutality of gang violence of his neighborhood or upbringing like how trap music has been doing recently. Nor does he attempt to chastise the hood he comes from or renounce it. He sits on an in-between of commentary and personal vulnerability that I can only compare to an act such as Killer Mike and Chance the Rapper. Even acts like J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar, two astounding rappers who speak consciously, don’t reach the balance and delivery of Vince Staples, and they are considered two of the greatest rappers of this generation.
Alot of fans, critics, and hip hop artist hope that Vince Staples is the future of hip hop music, and I honestly hope he is. It’s refreshing because he stands on his own and if he collaborates with fellow artists such as Mac Miller, Earl Sweatshirt, Jhene Aiko, or Common, he always delivers a standout performance. The recognition has been a long time coming for the rapper and I fully support his work. Pre-order his album Summertime 06 here.