Random Record Review: Vince Staples “Summertime ’06”

     It seems like 2015 is turning out to be what i like to call a renaisance in music with content.  Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp A Butterfly”, Yella Wolf’s “A Love Story”, & A$AP Rocky’s “A.L.L.A.” have set the stage for what is turning out to be a great year for unconventional styles.  Artists are starting to take more risks.  I mean yea I’d like to see more experimentation with styles and delivery, but this is a great piece of work.
It’s certified street music.  I might even go as far as calling it gangster music with an intelligent twist.  Vince is reflective yet honest in his perspective of street life, and california gang culture.  Singles like “Seniorita” and “Get Paid” have actual real content despite some of the simplistic hooks. 
     I’ve been a fan of Vince since “Shyne Cold Chain,” but that doesn’t mean I’m biased.  Kids got bars and his delivery is all his own.  Anyone who knows us, knows we lean towards artists with originality.  True individuals that aren’t scared to let that trait shine through in their music.  Its an album you can ride to.  Bus, bike, plane, or car.  Keep it in rotation….

– $oCity

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