Vince Staples - FM!
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Based on 15 reviews
2018 Ratings: #282 / 765
Year End Rank: #48
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2018 Ratings: #514
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November 2, 2018 / Release Date
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Def Jam / Label
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Despite FM!'s brevity, Staples jams so much into every bar that it fully satiates, all while still managing to end so abruptly that it comes as a surprise. The electrifying thrill of FM! is a triumph for the rapper who remains at the top of his game.

Consequence of Sound

FM! features the rapper in his raw form and representing his love for the west coast.

Vince has made an album that’s true to himself, one that represents his image of Long Beach, his love for the music of the West Coast, and that unleashes the complete personality of Vince Staples.
Ultimately, Staples has added another colorful chapter to his chameleon-like catalog and reinforced his intention to keep evolving no matter what trends are dictating the current wave.
The Cali rapper is here for a good time, not a long time, his accomplished third album a compelling reminder that life isn’t always sunny.

Running to only 22 minutes, it’s a record that feels like a drawing board of the rapper’s influences, collaborators and lifestyle.


Vince has managed to not only be acerbic but entertaining on his newest release. Its only drawback is its extremely short runtime.


It’s a slight turn from the dark, future-thinking electronics of Staples’ previous album Big Fish Theory ... but the gloomy, rapid pace riot of FM! is an extremely focused beast and Staples’ flow is melodic as hell, in fact it pops.

NOW Magazine

With production duties primarily hot potatoed between Hagler and Kenny Beats, the beats and feel are consistent and strong while not getting in the way of Staples’ flow, which is elastic and modern without losing an inch of his clarity and bluntness.

The 405

FM! further cements Vince Staples’ status as an artist who isn’t afraid to challenge societal norms - with the slickest production. Giving you the feeling of tuning into the radio in your car, Vince takes us on a drive through his hometown.

Even if this is just an off-hand project Vince recorded quickly, it's a hell of a one-off album that's full of charm and lyrical depth paired with fantastic production.
The Needle Drop

FM!'s fun concept begs for a longer runtime, but even at 22 minutes the project has plenty to offer with its quality beats, flows, hooks, and lyrics.

As it stands ‘FM!’ is little more than a placeholder - an interesting but self-indulgent sketch from an artist who could be creating masterpieces.

FM! might have personality, but it's of the more obnoxious and self-obsessed "Get the Fuck Off My Dick" variety, and there's simply not enough quality on display to justify its own brief and largely annoying existence. Next.

......this is my favorite Vince Staples album. Don't get me wrong, summertime '06 has some great moments, and while I don't like Big Fish Theory I get why other people do. But there's just something about FM that's unique to ONLY FM.

Maybe it's the fun radio themed concept, maybe it's Vince's amazing flow on every song, maybe I'm just a sucker for car jams. I just keep finding myself listening to this. Listening to this while driving elevates the exsperence.

Idk, I guess this album is like ... read more
If only real radio stations were this good, also that Earl interlude made me fail No Nut November

➕ Don't Get Chipped, Relay, Feels Like Summer, FUN!

➖ Outside!
I'm not sure if a lot of you understand, but this album is radio themed. All the "skits' that have radio hosts on it aren't actually radio hosts, it's just part of the album. Even the title of the album is in reference to the radio. "Fm'! is a common radio term that means "for music" in case you didnt know.
Despite it's brevity, "FM!" manages to incorporate some colorful beats, interesting sounds and good flows and bars. It could be longer and more experimental but it's certainly an enjoyable project that showcases a lot of charisma and talent.
Vince pulls a drive-by and leaves his tape playing on the FM's while I'm bleeding out waiting for that new Earl to drop.

This feels so very alive, and pulling the concepts GTA and AppleMusic have tried so hard to implement, this should be the blueprint moving forward, less about complete ideas and more about a fluid experience immigrating a vibe lost or missing in the present tense. This takes its place as my favourite of the Vince Staples 22-23 minute releases (think Primma Donna & Hell ... read more
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Track List

  1. Feels Like Summer
  2. Outside!
  3. Don't Get Chipped
  4. Relay
  5. New earlsweatshirt
  6. Run the Bands
  7. FUN!
  8. No Bleedin
  9. Brand New Tyga
  10. (562) 453-9382
  11. Tweakin'
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Added on: November 1, 2018