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90
HipHopDX

Hell Can Wait is Vince Staples’ best short release to date and his true-to-form introduction as a Def Jam artist. It’s proof that he can improve for a new audience without compromising to reach them.

85
Pitchfork

Hell Can Wait is a debut for rapper Vince Staples, but it’s really a refinement, the end result of a years long search for the right producer. His jump to Def Jam is a case study in the enduring merit of good old-fashioned artist development.

85
Paste

In the end, despite its brevity—seven songs, 24 minutes—Hell Can Wait is a dense and rewarding EP from a rapper who is refreshingly serious about his craft.

80
XXL
Compared to his former body of works, Staples' progression shows in his growth of his songwriting, with every new song serving as another dark chapter into his life.
80
Exclaim!

Hell Can Wait succeeds as a reintroduction of sorts, showing Staples as a more focused and forward-moving artist who will surely outlive "them red roses."

70
AllMusic
Coming in at 24 minutes and with seven cuts on the track list, this is EP-sized and not long enough for the full artist picture, but that said, there's no filler, either.
70
The Needle Drop

West Coast rapper Vince Staples draws up some of his best singles yet on the Hell Can Wait EP.

ASAPbroccoli
80

Short and sweet, with awesome beats that complement Vince's flows. This EP was my first introduction to Vince, and his later projects would solidify him as one of my favorite artists.

theRoids
85

Very impressive EP, my personal introduction to Vince and suffice to say I was blown away.

Best Songs: Fire, Hands Up, Blue Suede, Limos, Feelin' The Love

Worst Songs: 65 Hunnid

LisbonBih
74

Decided to do a quick EP review and I chose Hell Can Wait... only because of the beautiful cover.

I checked out his newest LP and I thought it was fine but Hell Can Wait is... definitely versatile. The production is nice and Vince has some good performances. While this was a short and common EP, Hell Can Wait didn't leave me full of boredom or didnt really try to much. Just a simple and digestible EP for people like me with short attention span.

BEST TRACKS : Fire, 65 Hunnid, Blue Suede, ... read more

80

This EP is really just filled with bangers

TurbulenceSSB
76

Vince Staples is someone I've been clamoring to go into for a while so here we go. Hell Can Wait is an EP from Vince Staples that showcases how truly skillful a rapper can be no matter what they're working with. The production here is a little weird at times, ranging anywhere from more lo-fi hip-hop beats to straight up trap production. Vince takes what he is given on this record and he makes it really interesting, getting the usual funny Vince bars here and there but also getting into more ... read more

60

Honestly this thing is super overrated, I like it but not one of Vince's best

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Added on: October 7, 2014