AOTY 2022

Vince Staples

Vince Staples - Vince Staples
Critic Score
Based on 21 reviews
2021 Ratings: #211 / 739
Year End Rank: #35
User Score
2021 Ratings: #494
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
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.
90
Clash

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.

90
DIY

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.

83
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.

82
Paste

A quick, calm persistence of Staples’ subtlest finesses.

80
NME
With ‘Vince Staples’ Kenny Beats has helped Long Beach’s finest release another spectacular record – even if it’s a slow-burn.
80
AllMusic

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.

80
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.

80
Exclaim!

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.

80
PopMatters

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

80
musicOMH

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.

80
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.

80
Rolling Stone

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

80
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.

78
HipHopDX
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.
73
Pitchfork
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.
70
Earmilk
This album marks the beginning of a consistent output of Vince Staples, "one of the best rappers ever."
70
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.

70
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.
70
The Needle Drop

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

40
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.
Rollo_P
77

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.

JacksonLerner
89

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

Doublez
73

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

Buche
80

Chill. Best song: ARE YOU WITH THAT?/LAW OF AVERAGES

TheSuds
65

Quality background noise. I enjoyed my 22 minutes and i will probably never listen to this again. Vince is still and above average rapper and storyteller. Only actual gripe is i was kinda disappointed with Kenny's production. Only time he's ever failed to entertain me.

s3bbrs
35

My only exposure to Vince Staples before this was Ascension from Humanz. And in comparison to here, he sounds just kinda, bored? And that makes this kinda boring.

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Track List

1ARE YOU WITH THAT?
2:18
82
2LAW OF AVERAGES
2:19
77
3SUNDOWN TOWN
2:30
76
4THE SHINING
2:40
71
5TAKING TRIPS
2:37
73
6THE APPLE & THE TREE
1:08
67
7TAKE ME HOME
2:46
81
8LIL FADE
2:12
75
9LAKEWOOD MALL
1:17
66
10MHM
2:11
72
Total Length: 22 minutes
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Added on: April 15, 2021