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    Mon, 13 Oct 2014 08:16:28

    EP of the Week: Vince Staples – "Hell Can Wait" - By ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino...

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    "Probably fitting to go to hell anyway," Vince Staples spits on "Fire" the incendiary (and appropriately titled) opener of his new EP Hell Can Wait.

    Throughout the seven-song set, there's an ominous sense of encroaching doom. It pulsates through the booming and bass-y production, giving listeners a glimpse at a rough, raw, and real Los Angeles. Vince's storytelling serves as a guide, and he doesn't shy away from the blazes. In fact, it's just the opposite. He walks right through them with the same kind of lyrical embers burning through "Fire". Each one of these tracks becomes something of a gothic hood anthem in its own right.

    Whether it's the creepy vaudevillian opening to "65 Hunnid" juxtaposed against his succinct punchy mic style or the hazy intensity of "Screen Door", Vince paints a pastiche of darkness that's strangely inviting and even more comfortingly catchy. The single "Blue Suede" also serves as a shining example of that style he flaunts and perfects so confidently. However, everything bleeds into the tense and terse "Feelin' The Love". It's a fitting final world, seeing Vince lyrically escape Hell.

    Rap music hasn't been this dark and real in a long time. Long Beach's own Vince Staples brings the West Coast back to his roots and kicks off a new start in the process. Watch it burn with him on this phenomenal debut.

    Rick Florino

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