Vince Staples Brings A Serrated 'Love Can Be...' To 'The Tonight Show'

Danny Woods
June 27, 2017

Speaking about the collaboration with MTV News, Staples said it feels good to be "associated with a brand that's done so many great things with hip-hop".

Staples" first full-length release since 2015's Summertime "06, the record features guest spots from Damon Albarn, A$AP Rocky, Rick Ross, Jimmy Edgar and SOPHIE as well as Kendrick Lamar and Bon Iver's Justin Vernon. The aforementioned bottle of Sprite serves as a glimmer of hope as it leads Vince Staples back to civilization right as a storm is brewing. Enter Vince Staples, whose thrilling second album, Big Fish Theory, is as disorienting as 2017's headlines.

The project has a lot of social issue overtones as well. The opener, "Crabs in a Bucket", immediately sets the tone for the new sound. I love Kendrick, Drake, and Future as much as (maybe more than) the next person, but there's a reason young people are still ending their nights dancing to chestnuts like "Hypnotize", "The Way You Move", and "Gold Digger". Even when there are other people around him in the diner, he doesn't pay them any attention and vice versa. In an interview with Complex, Vince explained that the album title described, "Being larger than life in a smaller world, so to say". Gothic closer "Rain Come Down" unfurls like a soot-covered "Fade", except with a more serrated baseline, spastic clatters, and less Post Malone (but more Ty Dolla $ign).

This single is nothing outstanding.

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The entire video for "Rain Come Down" takes place in a microcosm contained in a whiskey glass.

Vince holds nothing back on "BagBak", telling the government, the rich and the President of the United States to ... um ... suck his ... yeah. It's one of the best albums of this year, and it sounds like it could be one of the best albums of 1995 too. Vince hates the fake people who try to act friendly with him. And you know it's fun, they're not trying to be anything other than Sprite.

Big Fish Theory is a new direction, but the aquatic theme in the rapper's work remains. Elsewhere, he was relentless and "war ready", obliterating every target in his path over a variety of beats. Fitting then, that regular cohort Kilo Kish is present here more than ever, and that even Amy Winehouse make an appearance of sorts, serving as the emotional introduction to "Alyssa's Interlude". Staples delivers a monotone verse after the sample, sounding sad and heartbroken, over a Sekoff-produced instrumental.

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