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Summertime '06
Vince Staples - Summertime '06
Critic Score
Based on 21 reviews
2015 Ratings: #12 / 742
Year End Rank: #12
User Score
Based on 494 ratings
2015 Ratings: #11
June 30, 2015 / Release Date
LP / Format
Blacksmith, Artium, Def Jam / Label
Hip Hop / Genres
vincestaples.com / Website
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
A.V. Club
It’s a major triumph disguised as a minor one—60 minutes of lean, inventive, important rap music that never pats itself on the back for being any of those things.
91
Pretty Much Amazing
It may not be the most talked-about rap record of the year, but it probably deserves to be. Long live Ramona Park.
90
Exclaim!

Summertime '06's coming of age tale is complemented perfectly by production that finds the nuance in Staples' stories and matches it, couching Staples' rhymes in a way that the streets can understand best

90
HipHopDX
No I.D. and company have helped him make music that’s both uncomfortable and lived-in, and Staples sounds more himself inside of it than ever before.
90
Spin

Staples’ wickedly backward upbringing is the focus of Summertime ’06, which could well be the fiercest, most ferociously focused street-oriented double rap album since UGK’s Underground Kingz.

90
No Ripcord

Staples has so much to say in Summertime '06 that it’d be impossible to fully dissect in one listen, and his ingenious phrasing makes for a constantly amusing variety of vignettes. A record is only as good as the music that accompanies, though, and collaborative producer No I.D. delivers in spades and then some.

88
Pitchfork

Summertime '06 is breathtakingly focused, a marathon that feels like a sprint. The production bangs and clanks throughout with a septic, rusted, retooled-buggy persistence, which Staples matches.

85
The 405

Vince Staples sharply illustrates a realistic and first-hand portrayal of gang life in LBC without any romanticized commercial appeal or taking on a highbrow discourse to its rationale.

85
Under The Radar

The music on Summertime '06, Staples' debut, is uniformly great, with spare, booming beats allowing Staples' sneakily technical rhymes to dart in and out of the rhythm. It's a vital entry from a burgeoning new star.

83
Consequence of Sound
Parsing generations of pain can be difficult and unwieldy, but Staples’ vision makes his whole history feel present all at once.
80
Billboard

There's a lot, sometimes too much, to take in, but Staples has tons to say, in a delivery that finds middle ground between Nas' wizened rasp and Too Short's melodic Cali lilt.

80
Complex
Vince Staples's album is a force of nature, and like nature, the project brings with it the positive and the negative: songs that lift you up and tracks that drop you in the street just as easily.
80
XXL
It is, simply, one of the best rap debuts of the year. And Vince Staples didn’t have to follow any mold to make it that way.
80
PopMatters

Summertime ‘06 is the kind of coming-of-age story that’s common to hip-hop, but Staples delivers his account with a furious passion and refreshing insight. That the album is wall-to-wall with catchy, hard-hitting bangers is almost just a consolation prize.

80
The Guardian

In a year of impressive solo rap albums, Staples has managed to create one that’s arguably the most idiosyncratic of the lot.

80
AllMusic

Blowing the promise of his Hell Can Wait EP into an extraordinary double LP, Summertime '06 finds rapper Vince Staples with all the pieces in place.

80
NOW Magazine

He's an entertaining rapper, vividly reflecting his immediate surroundings in a relatable way.

80
Sputnikmusic

Summertime '06 is as bleak as mainstream hip-hop will allow for in 2015. It's not overtly enjoyable to experience because this is a reality that does not call for glamour.

70
Rolling Stone
It adds up to a hard-hitting 20-track portrait of life and love in a mad city.
60
Tiny Mix Tapes

Summertime ‘06 is a lifeworld compressed as densely as possible, but it’s not his moment. If No-ID and Staples could get their faces out of their Spotify analytics and get back to the work of moment-building, the result would be thrilling.

Aug 31, 2015
ASAPxoOCEAN
85
CD 1

1. Ramona Park Legend pt.1 8/10
2. Lift Me Up 8/10
3. Norf Norf 8/10
4. Birds and Bees 7/10
5. Loca 6/10
6. Lemme Know 9/10
7. Dopeman 6/10
8. Jump Of The Roof 8/10
9. Señorita 10/10
10. Summertime 7/10

CD 2

1. Ramona Park Legend pt.2 8/10
2. 3230 9/10
3. Surf 7/10
4. Might Be Wrong 9/10
5. Get Paid 8/10
6. Street Punk 7/10
7. Hang n Bang 7/10
8. CNB 9/10
9. Like It Is 7/10
10. '06 8/10

Vince Staples is one of the most exciting prospects out there in the genre of Hip-Hop, this ... read more
Jul 9, 2015
90
Extremely reserved, dark, original and honest.
Jul 2, 2015
Aoaystheory
99
Before releasing this two-disc debut LP Vince Staples has put out a series of EP’s and mixtapes that built up an underground fan base for this newcomer. I’m not surprised that this isn’t the most talked about Hip Hop newcomer because he’s kept it so low key, but he should be. Staple’s style is appealing mostly because he makes real music and does so with an air of passiveness since he’s so desensitized to the life of a ganster on the streets of Long Beach ... read more
May 22, 2017
BuffaloStaple
87
Another album that I enjoy more and more every time I listen to it, 2 years later and i'm still not tired of it even remotely. I love the dark, grimy and rigid approach to the production on this record, in fact I think Vince has one of the best ears for beats of anyone in rap atm. His flow and rapping skill isn't necessarily the most technical or anything, but he certainly has above average lyrics and imo an incredibly likeable flow and delivery. His blunt depictions of gang life are very ... read more
Jul 4, 2015
thisisabtlgrnd
86
Vince delivers on his debut after 2014's also great Hell Can Wait. Summertime '06 is a well performed dark street rap album with killer beats. Another great new voice from the West Coast.

Favorite songs: 3230, Norf Norf, Jump off the Roof, Dopeman, Surf, C.N.B.
Least favorite: Might Be Wrong
Track List

Disc 1

  1. Ramona Park Legend, Pt. 1
  2. Lift Me Up
  3. Norf Norf
  4. Birds & Bees (featuring Daley)
  5. Loca
  6. Lemme Know (featuring Jhené Aiko and DJ Dahi)
  7. Dopeman (featuring Joey Fatts and Kilo Kish)
  8. Jump off the Roof (featuring Snoh Aalegra)
  9. Señorita
  10. Summertime

Disc 2

  1. Ramona Park Legend Pt. 2
  2. 3230
  3. Surf (featuring Kilo Kish)
  4. Might Be Wrong (featuring Haneef Talib)
  5. Get Paid (featuring Desi Mo)
  6. Street Punks
  7. Hang N' Bang (featuring A$ton Matthews)
  8. C.N.B.
  9. Like It Is
  10. '06 


Added on: May 5, 2015