Vince Staples' rap career is just getting started, but if a recent interview is any indication, the Long Beach MC appears to already be eyeing an exit from the rap game.
In a recent feature interview with the California Sunday Magazine, Staples was very transparent about his vision for a future in the recording business.
“You’re out of your goddamn mind if you think I’m going to be doing this music shit for more than two more years.”
Later in author Eric Ducker's expertly-crafted story, Staples explains why he doesn't want to continue working in the field.
“It’s not that I don’t care about rap...I’m not a fan of rap culture.”
The sentiment that Staples candidly shared is an increasingly divisive topic within a hip-hop world where Kendrick Lamar lost out on a GRAMMY to Macklemore and social media driven beef is the often the most discussed topic of the day.
A true lyricist who has proven his ability to bring '90s-era G-Funk to the contemporary scene, the 22-year-old Staples has remained a loud voice since bursting onto the scene with his outstanding debut, Summertime '06. Unabashed in his views and ideas about the game and the world at large, it appears as if the state of his profession has left a bad taste in his mouth.
While fans and writers alike will patiently have to wait and see if the Long Beach native follows through on his declaration to leave the game, should he change his mind he certainly wouldn't be the first rapper to "retire" and then promptly unretire. Lupe Fiasco, Waka Flocka Flame, Jay Z and Too $hort have all hung up the proverbial mic before reneging at a later date.
For his part though, Staples appears to be free from any sort of publicity stunt maneuvers, his reasoning behind this potential decision comes across as easily understood and well thought-out. The frustration an artist like Staples faces in today's current landscape is palpable and I think he would be well-served to work closer with his West Coast brethren, Kendrick Lamar, as the both artists seem to have commonalities about extravagance, hip-hop and the world at large.
For what it's worth, Staples really shouldn't quit. We need stronger voices in hip-hop now more than ever before.