Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory

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Vince Staples

"The hardest and most current hip-hop album of the year"

Nothing else to say, but this shit go hard..

Stand out Tracks: "Yeah Right," "Big Fish," "Rain Come Down," "745"

Release Date: June 23rd, 2017

We have been blessed with another album from the Long Beach rapper titled Big Fish Theory. This is the follow up to Summertime 06' (2015) and Prima Donna (2016) confirming that Vince is a force to reckon with on the west side. I began to be a big fan of Vince because of his interesting beat selections. Some of the beats that this guy jumps on you would not believe that someone can flow so hard on them. Vince takes beats that many rappers would stay far away from them, but all Vince seems to do it just ask for more bass. Big Fish Theory offers an assortment of house and electronic bass heavy beats that with Vince Staples touch, turn into some alternative Gangster Rap. Features include Kendrick Lamar, Justin Vernon, Kilo Kish, Juicy J, Damon Albarn, Ray J, Kucka, Ty Dolla $ign and A$AP Rocky. For more details on the album's credits visit Rap Genius. It may seem like a slew of features, but it's predominantly Vince on the tracks with the features being small or barely noticeable. So think twice before entering a mosh at one of Vince Staples' shows this summer because every song is about to be a riot.

The album opens up with an epic intro that sounds like the beginning of a flume song in "Crabs in a Bucket." The second you hear what may be samples of Justin Vernon shrieking are similar to the samples on Kanye's Yeezus album, you know there will be electronic dance music influences. The project quickly transitions to the Juicy J assisted single, "Big Fish." The beat seems to build up every time Vince raps in a way giving him the floor to talk about how rap has changed his lifestyle and drops for Juicy J's chorus. Who better to rap about ballin than Juicy J who has been doing it for probably as long as Vince has been alive. The first interlude of two on the album, "Alyssa interlude" has a recording of a Amy Winehouse interview where she speaks about her experiences with love. Vince continues this train of thought speaking on depression associated with love showing some homage to Amy Winehouse as an artist who truly made you feel something through music. After a deep message from Vince, "Love Can Be..." hits you right in the face with a beat that you can find in the underground room of a deep house night club. Produced by electronic artist GTA, the song features Gorillaz co-founder repeating the name of the song at the intro and ending with Kilo Kish providing her usual mesmerizing vocals. All I need to say is strobe lights hugely compliment this song. "745" produced by Detroit producer Jimmy Edgar, translates into an ominous funk-bass heavy beat. The song is about the way Vince feels when driving around in his BMW 745 contemplating picking up women, living in an ocean front and other worries rappers have. In the short "Ramona Park is Yankee Stadium" track, Vince shares audio of what noises may be heard there. According to Rap Genius, the connection with Ramona Park and Yankee stadium is that the Crips in the area wear Yankee hats to show allegiance making it feel - like Vince stated - like being at the Yankee stadium. Following the second interlude is the hardest hitting song on the project with the biggest feature recruiting Kendrick Lamar for "Yeah Right." Produced by electronic producer extraordinaire, Flume, Vince spits over a clash of noises and bass that is bound to blow a handful of speakers. Kendrick jumps in after some words from avid Flume-collaborator Kucka for an official statement from the best rapper alive himself. On the eighth track, Vince pays "Homage" to Rick Ross using his chorus from "Hold Me Back" to epitomize someone in their prime. While on the ninth track featuring A$AP Rocky called "SAMO" he references graffiti by Jean-Michel Basquiat as stated by Rap Genius to use as an anecdote to his everyday dope life. In "Party People," Vince is back on his house gangster rap beats thanks to producer Zack Sekoff. Vince provides the type of 'drugs' he does, which is music and provides the type of song that spurs anxiety when you remain still. The following two songs that close the album are "BagBak" and "Rain Come Down" with Ty Dolla $ign. While BagBak has a similar sound as to "Norf Norf" being heavy in hi-hats, "Rain Come Down" is a seductive mix of drums and synth bass revelling in rebellious verses by Vince and a chorus by Dolla that encourage parties to keep going till the morning. If you like Gangster Rap and House, then this album is for you - you dark souls. In conclusion, caution when playing this album with shitty speakers, the bass is unforgivable. Dope.

You can find several of the songs from this album on the City Soundcheck playlist.

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