Your favorite rapper or producer knows his name, but what do you know about the 21-year-old Long Beach rapper that goes by Vince Staples? Having worked with big names like No I.D., Common and Mac Miller, the laid-back rapper takes pride in telling his story and staying true to himself.
It’s been a good year for the west coast with several acts taking over the top charts. Next up for a shot at the title is Vince Staples, here’s a few things you should know about the gifted lyricist.
1. Vince Staples is an honest rapper who is never afraid to speak on his upbringing.
If you’ve listened to any of Staples’ music you’re aware of how hectic things were for the young emcee growing up, especially in regards to the living situation with his parents. In his song “Nate,” Staples talks about how his environment shaped his interests at a young age.
“As a kid all I wanted was to kill a man/Be like my daddy’s friends, hopping out the minivan”
2. Vince Staples did not take his rap career seriously until his mother kicked him out of the house.
Staples has always been an opinionated lyricist despite not taking his rap dreams seriously until his mom kicked him out of the house. In need of a place to stay, he moved in with Odd Future producer Syd tha Kyd. While living with Syd tha Kyd, Staples was introduced to Earl Sweatshirt with whom he would later become close friends. The friendship led to appearances on early Odd Future songs, however, Staples remained an affiliate and never became a formal member of the group. He gradually began releasing his own material, which commenced with his first mixtape, Shyne Coldchain Vol. 1, which was released in 2011.
3. He is one third of the Cali trio the Cutthroat Boyz.
The Cutthroat Boyz is a trio that consists of Vince Staples, Aston Matthews and Joey Fatts. Last year, Staples was named one of Hot New Hip Hop’s “21 Dope Rappers 21 and Under.”
Fellow group member, Aston Matthews, sees great potential in Vince and said:
“If he wasn’t number one on there, he’s about to be. I guarantee that. He doesn’t get enough credit.”
4. Vince Staples isn’t too fond of RapGenius.
Although Staples may be young, he’s seen his share of hardships growing up in Long Beach and unfortunately sometimes everyone doesn’t see his vision. In his video for “Blue Suede,” many people perceived this video to be the story of how easy it is for adolescents to become a part of the violent street life he often talks about. In an interview, Staples cleared up the misconceptions saying the song “is not about gangbanging, it’s about giving your all-100% into everything that you do” whereas the hook depicts how no one wants to die but it’s always possible when in the streets.
Staples also suggests that we “stop reading that RapGenius.”