- Prima Donna

Vince Staples - Prima Donna
CRITIC SCORE
81
Based on 12 reviews
USER SCORE
77
Based on
156 ratings

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95
Paste

What clinches this EP is its audacity. In an era of hyper-public black death, Vince Staples builds his case against our society not by detailing how these deaths occur, but by describing a tragic life, one that’s so unsatisfying that death is its zenith.

83
Entertainment Weekly

On his brief new EP, Prima Donna, Staples continues to refine his musical aesthetic, while honing his already-sharp lyricism.

83
Pretty Much Amazing

Dude’s got unlimited weapons in his arsenal, and every single outing seems to showcase another thing or two we didn’t know he was capable of before.

80
Spin

Even though it’s a brisk seven songs, it lingers as the best pieces of writing tend to do.

80
HipHopDX

In a climate that’s indifferent if not completely averse towards innovation and forward thinking, Vince Staples is poised, unassuming and focused on leaving an indelible mark. Having gone so far as to disavow his past conventional modules that fans swoon over, Prima Donna is his most challenging work to date.

80
XXL

Vince has always had a foot in the realm of experimental sound but Prima Donna sounds like his cannonball into that sonic space.

80
Pitchfork

Pushing his versatility, ear for production, and lyricism in new directions, Vince Staples' hot streak continues.

80
Exclaim!

Staples approaches the latest chapters of his story on Prima Donna in bleak fashion, his pen and delivery both as sharp as ever.

80
Slant Magazine

Even as the varying and experimental production choices shift radically, Staples's lyrics remain focused on the gangbanging, violence, and poverty of his oppressive youth.

80
NOW Magazine

Prima Donna bristles with paranoia, anxiety, depression and anger about racism, violence, the music industry and his own psychological state.

70
Rolling Stone

The music is as bleep-y as it is banging (James Blake produces on two tracks) and touchstones include Andre 3000, James Joyce, Leonardo DiVinci and Jay Gatsby.

80
nigga your head too big
TheSoftBulletin
83
that gunshot spooked me
BuffaloStaple
71
Vince has further proved himself to be a very versatile rapper and songwriter on this new EP, even if some of the more outlandish and ambitious elements of these songs don't always go over too well, it's still definitely a solid release, worth a try for sure.
EMR
78
It comes as little to no surprise right now that one of the year's absolute best hip-hop-related releases is delivered by none other than the young and melancholic Vince Staples, that is having one hell of a winning streak with all sorts of record formats. The kid has been a constant name in the AOTY charts in the biggest critic platforms worldwide, but it is with the awe-inspiring Prima Donna that Vince seems to really have achieved the full fledged artistic level that many were claiming him ... read more
Fallendomino
85
A rising star in the hip hop scene that does not seem to be encompassed by any sort of artistic or musical barrier like many of his contemporaries. However, the true test is if Vince can continue his growth as an artist, and deliver a full-length LP of this caliber.

Notable Songs: "War Ready"; "Smile"; "Loco [ft. Kilo Kish]"; "Prima Donna [ft. A$AP Rocky]; "Pimp Hand"
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DETAILS

August 25, 2016 / Release Date
EP / Format
Blacksmith, ARTium, Def Jam / Label
Hip Hop / Genres
vincestaples.com / Website
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# 76 - Noisey
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# 42 - Pitchfork
# 10 - Salon
Track List
  1. War Ready
  2. Smile
  3. Loco [ft. Kilo Kish]
  4. Prima Donna [ft. A$AP Rocky]
  5. Pimp Hand
  6. Big Time


Added on: August 15, 2016