With hip-hop constantly being scrutinized for its lack of artists with substance and oversaturation of artists who glorify the street life, Vince Staples could not have came on the scene at a better time. Unlike many artists over the years, Vince is not trying to sell an image or exploit the lifestyle that exists in urban communities across the country–he shares his personal story, giving fans a raw perspective of what that life is like from someone who has really lived it.
In his interviews, Vince is very unapologetic and outspoken–never shying away from expressing his views concerning social issues, his personal life and the state of hip-hop, among other things. His voice, on and off the mic, reflects many of the same thoughts shared by the unheard, overlooked and largely misunderstood youth of today. He has so far managed to generate widespread support and critical acclaim without having to compromise his artistic integrity, all while signed to a major label. It’s not too often that somone with his background gets this type of opportunity.
Given Vince’s already impressive catalogue, I have no doubt Summertime ’06 will meet, if not surpass expectations. Check out the tracklist after the jump.
“Lift Me Up”
“Birds & Bees” feat. Daley
“Lemme Know” feat. Jhené Aiko & DJ Dahi
“Dopeman” feat. Joey Fatts & Kilo Kish
“Jump Off The Roof” feat. Snoh Aalegra
“Ramona Park Legend pt. 2″
“Surf” feat. Kilo Kish
“Might Be Wrong” feat. Haneef Talib aka GeNNo & eeeeeeee
“Get Paid” feat. Desi Mo
“Hang N’ Bang” feat. A$ton Matthews
“Like It Is”