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Vince Staples is 22 years old. He was born in 1993. When Illmatic and Ready To Die came out, he was a baby. Staples made one of the best rap albums of the year, by any metric. He put it together with No I.D., a producer who was making classic music when Staples was barely… More »

Who knew a tweet from Weezy last December would unfold into the ugly soap opera that is Lil Wayne vs. Birdman? After nine months, three lawsuits, three spinoff dramas, direct verbal shots, social media shots, subliminal lyrical shots, actual gunshots, a hurled drink, two mixtapes, and an album, here we are. More »

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 »

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Hangout Festival 2016 Lineup

Here it is: The first major music festival lineup of the 2016 season. (SXSW, with its sprawling network of showcases, is a different kind of…
Chris DeVille | November 17, 2015 - 1:37 pm

Vince Staples Clowns On Empire: “Might As Well Just Bring Crack Back”

If Def Jam debut album Summertime '06 was the only thing Vince Staples contributed to 2015, he'd be having a legendary year, but Staples is…
Chris DeVille | November 16, 2015 - 2:21 pm

Grimes, TV On The Radio, Tinashe To Play Red Bull Sound Select’s 30 Days In LA

Last year, for the first time ever, Red Bull Sound Select spent all of November presenting some finely-curated shows in venues all around the city…
Tom Breihan | September 9, 2015 - 9:52 am

Vince Staples: “Shut The Fuck Up Miley Cyrus”

Miley Cyrus had a big week. Our former squeaky clean Hannah Montana hosted the VMAs this Sunday, before surprise-dropping her wild-and-weird-as-fuck new album Miley Cyrus
Caitlin White | September 3, 2015 - 5:50 pm

Watch Vince Staples Play The Tonight Show With Jhené Aiko & The Roots

The airy R&B singer Jhené Aiko is really the only famous guest on Vince Staples' excellent new album Summertime '06. And "Lemme Know," the track…
Tom Breihan | September 2, 2015 - 9:05 am

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

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

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
Tom Breihan | July 24, 2015 - 4:53 pm

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

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

Album Of The Week: Vince Staples Summertime ’06

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…
Tom Breihan | June 30, 2015 - 12:42 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

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

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. This…
Stereogum | June 19, 2015 - 4:36 pm

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

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

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's…
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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