Vince Staples has finally released something to call his own! This up and coming rapper has been guested on all sorts of features in the past two years; Earl Sweatshirt, Jhene Aiko, Mac Miller and even veterans such as Common and Dilated Peoples have released tracks showcasing the Long Beach Rapper’s talents. Today, Vince dropped his anticipated 7-track-long ‘Hell Can Wait’ EP. I’ve been listening to it all day, and can report back with some mixed feelings. The three tracks that stand out are ‘Hands Up’, a seething indictment on racist policing in the U.S; ‘Blue Suede’; and ‘Feelin’ The Love’. All the tracks on the EP sport heavy, bumping basslines with dark lyrics (apart from ‘Limos’, which is more of a love tune) that are complex and tell stories of his Long Beach lifestyle. This EP is exciting because it really defines Vince’s gritty sound; his instrumentals have a somewhat disjointed feel to them, sound amazing with the bass turned all the way up, and are an apt accompaniment to his dark and challenging lyrics. The only reason I claimed to have ‘mixed feelings’, is because all the songs sound fairly similar, but it’s only an EP and is just a taster of his upcoming album, which is meant to drop next year. The album art is cool too, and to be honest is an apt visual representation of his sound. This guy’s music is raw and quite different from anything else at the moment, so be sure to check him out. He’s embarking on his ‘Hell Can Wait’ U.S to coincide with his Def Jam debut release, and *fingers crossed* there’s a UK tour sometime soon!
Show the guy some support, and cop ‘Hell Can Wait’ on Itunes (I’m not sure if this link works in the U.K however – if not, you can stream it on Spotify): Vince Staples – Hell Can Wait EP