We are, admittedly, late on this. The young California rapper Vince Staples released the Hell Can Wait EP, his Def Jam debut, on Tuesday, and it’s been streaming on Spotify since then. We probably should’ve posted the stream on Tuesday. But Tuesday was a busy release date, and EPs generally seem less important than albums. So I apologize for taking so long to let you know something you might already know, but you should really hear Hell Can Wait. It is a major statement. Staples has style: An awesomely blase monotone rap style, an ear for beats that combine chaotic siren-screech noise with the chilly minimalism of recent West Coast rap. But he also has substance, and on tracks like “Hands Up,” there’s real rage in with all that cool. We posted early singles “Hands Up” and “Blue Suede,” but you really need to hear the whole thing. If you’ve got Spotify, you can stream it below.
Hell Can Wait is out now on Def Jam.