Since the release of his debut LP 'Summertime '06' in 2015, Vince Staples has garnered a reputation as a rapper's rapper. While his moments in the commercial mainstream have been fleeting, he has been a consistent light of inspiration and ingenuity for those who know of him and is always one to push the boundaries of modern hip-hop, exploring new and inventive directions along the way. And after a longer break than usual, he has returned after three years to deliver his self-titled fourth full-length, a record that sees him venture into his background and give us more of the original Vince Staples sound.
What has made Vince Staples such an enigmatic figure on the scene recently is his ability to deliver bold and vivid storytelling throughout his prose, creating this rich narrative within everything he creates. On his self-titled work, he takes us down memory lane and shows us the upbringing that led us all towards the man he is now. But rather than this simply become an exercise in nostalgic voyeurism, he uses these tales to explain how those experiences shaped him as an artist, and where he expects to go as he looks to deliver another forward-thinking and matured hip-hop release.
The result is a firm and stable return from a name that seems to be able to do no wrong. 'Vince Staples' is almost like the introduction to an autobiography that is still being written. He is giving us the raw and honest truth behind who he is, but is continually looking ahead in the pursuit of something fresh and captivating throughout.