The internet loves Vince Staples’ humor. The kid is hilarious. He has the best tweets, hilarious takes on the NBA and incredible interviews that are both witty and insightful. There’s a full entertainment package available online that at times can take the attention away from his rapping abilities. When you aren’t promoting your music every 10 minutes people are liable to forget. But if you happened to be one of the people that forgot Vince Staples is a microphone monster, I got something for you that is guaranteed to make you say "Holy shit."
“All Nite” was premiered on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 program by the producer Clams Casino. Before there were SoundCloud producers, Clams was someone who really flourished on the internet. The beat contains his signature ominous aesthetic that makes you feel like you're walking through a graveyard after midnight with only your dying iPhone as a dim flashlight. His style hasn’t changed much through the years, old fans will surely hear a familiar friend, but it’s Vince Staples that truly brings the song to holy shit levels. The verse kicks off with him bragging about waking up in another man’s main woman, if he was Ice Cube it could be the makings of a good day. He continues to lay out memorable illustrations like, “Raise it up 64 still tipping, that angel dust that had KDot tripping,” and “I’ll blocka man just like La Flame, better bite the bullet before the bullet fight your brain.”
What really makes Vince incredible is his flawless flow. He raps with an effortlessness that you can’t help but find impressive. Especially with a beat that is a little more left, and quite unorthodox, he does a perfect figure 8. In the first verse he switches in the middle to a flow that drags out the last word, it’s a bit more animated and humorous but effective in showing how he can change up his style with ease. His flow and delivery are traits that aren’t praised enough.
I really like the tempo, the beat has bounce, Vince brings the energy, and the breakdown after the second verse could have easily been an interlude featured on Summertime ‘06.
Vince is creating a genre of gangster rap that also feels like the world is melting. My kind of music - hopefully there will be much more of it on Clams' upcoming album, 32 Levels, due out July 15.