Vince Staples season has arrived. The ever-serious rapper took first to Twitter this afternoon to announce new music would be dropping Friday, November 2, covering very serious topics, “such as Crips , Bloods, Eses, Asians, Dominicans, Puerto Rican’s, White Boys, Jamaicans !!! [sic].” Staples also noted that his forthcoming work would have features from “the likes of California legends such as Vince Staples, Lil Fade, Kamaiyah, Jay Rock, T Raw, Vince from Poppy AND MANY MORE !!! [sic].”
Though it is unclear if the Friday offering is an album or a single (we've reached out to Def Jam for clarification), what is clear is that Staples has a new project on the horizon, per a nicely ironic Instagram post.
“As artists we are nothing without the fans,” he wrote. “I took time off from recording my next album to make a very special project dedicated to my biggest fan and supporter since day one. He said he needed something that represented him and where he comes from so here it is. Thank you for years of loyalty, I do this for people like you. See you all Thursday @ 9pm Poppy Street Time!”
While this is obviously Vince Staples making his brand of meta-layered humor, there is also much to be excited about. Staples’ music is often boundary-less and cutting, much like his humor. To hear him, in as many words, suggest that he has gotten down to the basics of the music that he himself needs should make for an involved and compelling body of work meant to rival the depth and lasting impression left by 2015’s Summertime ‘06. His last project, 2017's Big Fish Theory, was one of the best albums of the year.
Sure, this upcoming Vince Staples record may be for Vince Staples’ biggest fan, Vince Staples, but we are also very excited for what he has coming down the pipeline.
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