Album of the Week: Vince Staples 'Summertime ‘06'
Mon, 29 Jun 2015 10:55:23
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Find out why the Long Beach rapper is redefining what West Coast hip-hop is and can be with his debut.
If there's one album that defines Los Angeles and hip-hop at the moment, it's Summertime '06 [ARTIUM Recordings/Def Jam Recordings] from Vince Staples. For his anxiously awaited debut, the Long Beach MC has churned out a sprawling two-disc opus that could be like the rap equivalent of Nine Inch Nails' The Fragile. The 20 tracks here weave together a narrative that's on par with anything playing at your local movie theater. It's dark and dangerous at points, yet extremely emotional and vibrantly vulnerable. Vince has that rare ability to be open, while still preserving a pronounced air of mystique. It's something that he started to do very well with last year's phenomenal Hell Can Wait EP. However, it's been perfect exponentially here, yielding a classic record in the process.
You may have heard Staples on the Earl Sweatshirt albums or caught another feature here or there, but he's a deep and dynamic artist that deserves your singular attention. With production from No I.D., Summertime '06 possess a stark, minimalist elegance that's befitting of the urban apocalyptic visuals that Vince weaves together so deftly throughout. Following the pronounced bang of "Ramona Park Legend, Pt. 1," he jumps right into the entrancing "Lift Me Up." The bars remain airtight throughout, while he also carries a meanly catchy hook. Produced by Clams Casino [A$AP Rocky], "Norf Norf" is a standout flaunting the refrain, "I ain't never ran from nothin' but the police." You'll be singing along to it at full blast as his delivery remains super smooth.
Listen to "Norf Norf" from Vince Staples: