With associates like Odd Future and Mac Miller, fellow Californian Vince Staples was bound to make it. The young emcee signed to Def Jam last year, a move he covertly announced on the liner notes of Earl Sweatshirt’s Doris. Staples has released a steady stream of projects over the last three years — four mixtapes and one EP to be exact — and is slated to drop his debut album with Def Jam, Hell Can Wait. The lead single off the project, “Blue Suede,” features the young emcee kicking it with friends and rapping on a roof, an eerie beat serving as the backdrop to his desire for a pair of “Jordans with the blue suede in ’em.” Can’t really beat rapping on a roof, can you?
Wed., Sept. 24, 11 p.m., 2014
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on September 24, 2014