Album Review: Vince Staples, “Summertime ’06”

Vince Staples Summertime ’06
(Def Jam – June 30, 2015)
Review by Brandon Foster


“Summer of 2006, the beginning of the end of everything I thought I knew. Youth was stolen from my city that summer, and I’m left alone to tell the story. This might not make sense, but that’s because none of it does, we’re stuck. Love tore us all apart.”- Vince Staples

After playing sidekick to Earl Sweatshirt and releasing two critically acclaimed projects in 2014 (“Shyne Coldchain Vol. 2 and the “Hell Can Wait” EP), Vince Staples is now ready to drop his major label release “Summertime ‘06”. Expectations are high for the LBC (Long Beach, California) native. After dropping stellar verses on Earl Sweatshirts “Doris” and “I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside”), making the XXL Freshman cover, and being signed to Def Jam by legendary hip-hop producer No I.D. (Kanye West’s mentor and worked extensively with Common throughout his career), the stakes are high. Staples along with guys like Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock, and Freddie Gibbs are the new torch bearers for gangsta rap. Staples has a tough road to follow, those other guys are almost too good at their craft. What does Staples bring to the table that is different? Continue reading