Vince Staples

Vince Staples - Vince Staples
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2021 Ratings: #166 / 593
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The Independent
Perhaps it’s this new vulnerability that makes the album so great. Or maybe it’s the whip-smart one-liners. Or the vivid storytelling. Staples will say this latest triumph is just a dude doing some different things.

It’s not easy to write an album about yourself without seeming egotistical, and it’s also not easy to write one which touches on themes of gang violence and poverty without falling into braggadocio or morbidity. On this album, Vince Staples has pulled off both. It may be a short album, but it’s an incredibly deep one.


The album represents more of a glance into the sketchbook of Vince Staples, a quiet and heartfelt chat at the end of a hectic night, than main stage at Coachella.

Beats Per Minute

Vince Staples is certainly not an easy album to tap into, nor a particularly fun one, but for those interested in a piece of art in which the barrier between the creator and onlooker is veritably nonexistent, to the point of shared claustrophobia, look no further.


A quick, calm persistence of Staples’ subtlest finesses.

The Guardian

Vince Staples is idiosyncratic and really impressive, the sound of someone walking their own path, uncoupled from current trends, shifting and changing as they go.

With ‘Vince Staples’ Kenny Beats has helped Long Beach’s finest release another spectacular record – even if it’s a slow-burn.
Rolling Stone

Teaming up with producer Kenny Beats, the Long Beach rapper pilots a shadowy world with forlorn determination.

The Observer

Like Tyler’s 2017 breakthrough, Flower Boy, Staples’s new album is much more personal and accessible than anything he’s put out before.


Vince Staples is a worthy continuation of his oeuvre, and proof if it were needed that his paradox of youthful energy and world-weary cynicism remains as captivating as ever.


With his latest album, Vince Staples mines an artistic, existential, and notably fertile limbo. It’s his most reflective and sober perspective to date.


Staples and Kenny Beats' pared-down approach to this album is what makes it so incredibly endearing. The relatively sparse production serves as the perfect foundation for Staples' lyrics, highlighting his abilities as a rapper while also perfectly scoring his incredibly gripping storytelling.

Loud and Quiet

Vince Staples is a long way from his most adventurous work, and yet remains riddled with his idiosyncrasies. As a pure platform for his core skillset, it works.


Though the set feels somewhat sleepy upon first listen, repeat visits reward listeners with Staples' depth and wit, cementing Vince Staples as a simple yet focused statement from one of the West Coast's most relevant voices.

This is the result of Staples ruminating on some heavy topics and Kenny Beats being able to deliver the emotive backdrop required to let his complex emotions and creative freedom shine through — if only it came with a few more punches.
Produced entirely by Kenny Beats, the album’s reserved musical approach magnifies the blunt scene-setting Vince has used to build his name over the last decade.
Northern Transmissions
This album won’t shake up your understanding of Vince Staples as a person or an artist. Depending on how you look at it, that can be a relief or a disappointment.
This album marks the beginning of a consistent output of Vince Staples, "one of the best rappers ever."
Slant Magazine

Composed of two-minute fragments that function as snapshots of his dim view of humanity, Vince Staples is another microcosmic release from the rapper, his leisurely approach suggesting a newfound confidence.

The Needle Drop

Vince Staples' self-titled project, not unlike FM, is a short but sweet collab with Kenny Beats.

Spectrum Culture
The album’s title is fitting for its fixation on how people are remembered, but this is certainly not the record that will define Staples’ legacy.
The head plunged in memories as a burden, Vince Staples delivers an oppressive and suffocating album, when the slightest detail is a pain. A mental prison that prevents Vince Staples from getting out of this vicious circle despite a deep narration.

From the darkness of 'Summertime 06' to the explosive FM, Vince Staples has always been an impulsive rapper, as creative as he is engaging, and not there to do what is expected of him. Instead, the Long Beach native goes headfirst, proud of his ... read more
at its core, ‘vince staples’ deals with choices. the album is a reflection on grey areas and how vince chooses to handle his life.

whether a choice is about thugging, a production decision, showing new areas and emotions, being in the streets, etc. in any case, staples’ flattened attitude is devastatingly candid.

a previously hidden part of vince staples is not only present, it is at the forefront of the record. a new side of vince is shown via his introspective lyrics and ... read more
Very smart of Vince here. Instead of letting the listeners and the haters put him in a box, he does it to himself on the cover before they can. Well played.
I find it really intriguing that, out of all his projects, Vince Staples chose for this one to be his self-titled. I say that because this record doesn't at all contain the bombastic shades of Staples that have appeared on his past records. The project, instead, is concise and much more subdued, which I actually didn't mind at all. If you come in expecting a "Big Fish Theory" tonally, then you'll probably be disappointed, because this record truly opened my eyes to a new side of ... read more
Not fish album :pensive: :sobbing_face:
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Added on: April 15, 2021