AOTY 2023
Vince Staples - Big Fish Theory
May 6, 2021
Vince Staples is a rapper who deserves so much more recognition than he gets, and "Big Fish Theory" just proves that Vince is one of the most promising rappers of our generation.

"Big Fish Theory" is the 4th project from Ramona Park rapper Vince Staple, and is his most experimental project yet with its distorted and sometimes glitchy production and Vince's pretty unique voice. The opener "Crabs In A Bucket" has feature vocals from Kilo Kish and perfectly encapsulates the very original sound that shows up on the majority of the album. Juicy J is on the chorus of "Big Fish" a more hype song with a more simplistic beat. "Love Can Be..." and "745" both have great beats, and they both have Vince taking main stage. Both "Yeah Right" and "SAMO" both have production from SOPHIE with her very glitchy and loud production style, and on "Yeah Right" there is a fantastic feature from Kendrick Lamar and A$AP Rocky on "SAMO". "Homage" is a track with Vince being upset about not getting the acknowledgement he deserves and with its very strange, distorted dance type beat. The tracks "Party People" and "BagBak" are both faster track and are some of Vince's more lyrical moments on the record, and the final track "Rain Come Down" is a more subtle and calmer track featuring smooth vocals from Ty Dolla Sign.

Overall, "BIg Fish Theory" is one of the best, most impressive, and unique experimental hip-hop albums of the 2010's from a rapper with lots of personality in the prime of his career who can only go up from here.

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