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In the May 29 installment of 5 Best songs, we explained the methodology behind our weekly list. This was primarily for the benefit of Kulap Vilaysack, co-host of the Who Charted? podcast, because Kulap and her partner, Howard Kremer, occasionally cover our 5 Best Songs on their podcast’s “Two Charted” segment, and they had expressed… More »

This week was a stacked one, and plenty of great videos didn’t make the cut for this list, including Thundercat’s existential samurai joke and Carly Rae Jepsen’s joyous travelogue. But I only want to talk about one of them, and that’s the Black Eyed Peas’ giddily sacrilegious retro-rap odyssey “Yesterday.” I have no idea what… More »

If the cover art of Summertime ’06, the first proper album from the Long Beach rapper Vince Staples, looks familiar to you, that’s not an accident. That Summertime ’06 cover is, of course, the cover of Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures, tweaked just slightly in that it now recalls ocean waves rather than wavforms or mountains. More »

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With You. – “Ghost” (Feat. Vince Staples)

Turns out there is not, in fact, a type of production style that Vince Staples doesn't sound effortless rapping over. On "Ghost," he's casually dropping…
Caitlin White | August 5, 2015 - 2:38 pm
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Vince Staples – “Norf Norf” Video

Vince Staples' debut album, Summertime '06, is hands-down one of the best of the year, and if you haven't taken the time to listen to…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | July 17, 2015 - 12:37 pm
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Watch Vince Staples Bring Gravitas To Jimmy Kimmel

Long Beach, California rapper Vince Staples kicked off summertime '15 by returning to Jimmy Kimmel to perform two tracks off his new album, Summertime '06,…
Misha Sesar | July 2, 2015 - 12:34 pm

Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge – “Get The Money” (Feat. Vince Staples)

Wu-Tang legend Ghostface Killah is about to come out with Twelve Reasons To Die II, his third album in about eight months. Like 2013's original…
Tom Breihan | June 22, 2015 - 10:34 am
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Stream Vince Staples Summertime ’06

We put Vince Staples’ debut double album all the way up at No. 12 on our 50 Best Albums Of 2015 So Far list, and…
James Rettig | June 22, 2015 - 10:05 am
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The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

Sometimes, it's ridiculously hard for us to debate our favorite songs of the past 7 days, but this week, the choice seemed fairly obvious. Thi…
Stereogum | June 19, 2015 - 4:36 pm
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DOPE: The Stereogum Review

Dope is a present-day black coming-of-age tale set in Inglewood, CA, but you could also consider it a millennial's updated version of 1999's The Wood.
Collin Robinson | June 17, 2015 - 12:21 pm
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The 50 Best Albums Of 2015 So Far

The amount of great music in the past six months has been almost unfair. As in: How are we supposed to process all this? How…
Stereogum | June 16, 2015 - 11:08 am
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Photos: Run The Jewels, Sleigh Bells, Vince Staples @ 50 Kent, Brooklyn 6/14/15

While a lot of New Yorkers headed down south for Bonnaroo, those left behind had the opportunity to check out dozens of shows at Brooklyn'…
Stereogum | June 15, 2015 - 12:52 pm

Watch Tyler, The Creator And Vince Staples Freestyle On Hot 97

I always had a vague sense that Tyler, The Creator and Vince Staples didn't get along, mostly because Staples rapped on a whole lot of…
Tom Breihan | June 15, 2015 - 12:30 pm
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Q&A: Vince Staples On Falseness In Rap Music, Quitting Before 40, And Summertime ’06 + “Get Paid” (Feat. Desi Mo)

Vince Staples doesn't need rap. He enjoys doing it, he's thankful for the opportunities and stability it provides, but Staples didn't grow up with dream…
David Turner | June 15, 2015 - 10:38 am
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Watch Vince Staples Talk About The Idea Of An Unmarried President On The Nightly Show

Rappers don't always make the best panelists on Larry Wilmore's Nightly Show; witness, for example, Scarface being weird. But last night, Wilmore included the young…
Tom Breihan | June 12, 2015 - 9:15 am
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Snoh Aalegra – “Emotional (DJ Dahi Remix)” (Feat. Vince Staples)

Snoh Aaelegra is a Persian R&B-leaning singer who grew up in Sweden. She released her debut EP There Will Be Sunshine via Epic last fall…
Caitlin White | June 10, 2015 - 10:24 am

Watch A$AP Rocky And Vince Staples In The DOPE Red Band Trailer

A$AP Rocky has a busy summer ahead. He's releasing his highly-anticipated new album At.Long.Last.A$AP. and has a major role in a movie called DOPE that…
Caitlin White | May 22, 2015 - 11:59 am

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Right now, I'm enjoying anticipating Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood" movie, set to debut as part of Sunday night's Billboard Music Awards, more than I'll probably…
Tom Breihan | May 15, 2015 - 1:07 pm
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Vince Staples – “Señorita” Video

Last week, the young Long Beach rap insurgent Vince Staples shared "Señorita," the first single from his official debut album Summertime '06. With its sweeping…
Tom Breihan | May 13, 2015 - 8:58 am
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Wavves Might Be Working With Vince Staples

What do Wavves and Vince Staples have in common? They're both synonymous with Southern California, boasting the kind of too-chill-to-function attitudes envied by anyone who'…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | May 11, 2015 - 2:24 pm
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