Interview: Vince Staples

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Despite having more than a grip of devotees, Vince Staples hasn’t released a single full length. As of yet, aside from dropping a tantalizing new track every so often as well as making the occasional appearance on an Odd Future song, Vince hasn’t offered a proper solo release that fans of his vampiric snarl can really sink their teeth into.

Notwithstanding his minimal output, Vince Staples' is one of Rap Genius' favorite rappers. Vince’s rhymes could be seen as the lyrical equivalent of a terrifying scene in a Wes Craven film—just check out a few lines from his bloodcurdling verse on Earl Sweatshirt’s “Epar”:

“Look, you know it’s not rape if you like it, bitch/ So sit down like a pretty ho and don’t fight the shit/ Or else I’ll have to tie a pretty bow ‘round your bloody neck/ Hide the slashes from the gashes given with a dull Gillette."

No doubt, Vince is the black Slim Shady — but when are we going to hear a complete LP from him? Rap Genius tried to find out, but wouldn’t tell us…the only hint he’s willing to give is through his Twitter, where he stated that he has plans to release an album this month.

INTERVIEW

Rap Genius: Which producers are making beats for you at the moment and what is your experience like working with them?

Vince Staples: Polow Da Don, Uncle Luke, Havoc, a young Mannie Fresh from roughly ‘99 to the 2000s, and Quincy Jones.

RG: One of your producers BrandenBeatBoy said in our interview that there was a lot more people would be hearing from you both. Are you working with Branden right now, and if so, what are you guys working on?

VS: Not really, I’m out here though. Thats my nigga.

RG: Which rappers/producers would you like to collaborate with most and why would you want to collab with them?

VS: Un Kasa, Yo Gotti, and Ricky Romance. No Homo.

RG: What songs of yours, whether they’re your tracks or guest appearances, are you most proud of and why?

VS: I don’t really like my songs.

RG: Who has been the most fun rapper/producer to have collaborated with and why?

VS: http://youtu.be/xIveVwDE60o

RG: A lot of your lyrics deal with violence, rape fantasies, and other mischievous stuff. Do you plan on writing most of your lyrics with those themes, or do you want to expand onto other themes as well? Why or why not?

VS: None of my lyrics deal with rape fantasies… Ne-Yo wrote “Epar”.

RG: How would you describe your flow and lyric writing style?

VS: A young LL.

RG: Who are some of your favorite lyricists and who would you compare yourself to lyrically?

VS: A young LL.

RG: What was your experience like working with Odd Future and do you plan on rapping with them again?

VS: I’ve never worked with Odd Future, just some niggas that bang the set.

RG: Are you and Earl Sweatshirt good friends? Do you plan on rapping with him once he is free?

VS: Thats my nigga.

RG: Do you want to achieve mainstream success as a rapper? Why or why not?

VS: No. I crip too heavy.

RG: Any new MCs we should look out for?

VS: Boldy James.

RG: What songs/albums have you been listening to a lot lately?

VS: Boldy James.

RG: Anything else that you’d like to add?

VS: Hood Crip.


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