Vince Staples: Vince Staples assessment – mellifluous west coast nihilism
American rap’s mighty monetary muscle has elbowed rock to the margins and cleared area for weirder rappers to play – and receives a commission. Californian Vince Staples began off as an Odd Future affiliate a decade in the past, when it was unclear whether or not the west coast collective may convert their cult recognition into lasting success. Now that Odd Future co-founder Tyler, the Creator is a Billboard chart-topper and Brit award winner, skills comparable to Staples, who grew up making densely futuristic music, can spy stardom up forward. Like Tyler’s 2017 breakthrough, Flower Boy, Staples’s new album is far more private and accessible than something he’s put out earlier than.
It’s much less distorted than you’d anticipate, with warped backing vocals, jittery percussion and little scraps of melody wafting round a few of Staples’ finest flows but. There’s a typical west coast rigidity between its mellifluous sound and nihilistic phrases. Are You With That? is without doubt one of the loveliest songs you may hope to listen to about murdering strangers over drug cash. Even higher are the ruminative Lil Fade and Taking Journeys’ clammy, oppressive warmth – love letters to his hometown, drafted with a poison pen.