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Vince Staples Reveals ‘Big Fish Theory’ Converse Collab Sneakers

posted by Oscar January 21, 2018

Vince Staples has unveiled the new sneakers that he collaborated on with Converse. The kicks were inspired by his 2017 album Big Fish Theory, and he revealed the new designs on Instagram with the caption “Don‘t tap the glass.”

While the caption was pretty clever, it did lack an official release date. They’re due out sometime in January; check ’em out below.

Update (1/22):

Earlier today we got word of some details surrounding this collab. According to a press release: “On January 25, Converse and Vince Staples celebrate Big Fish Theory in the first capsule collection from the two, applying the album’s motifs onto Chuck 70 sneakers and Converse Essentials apparel.”

The Converse x Vince Staples collection is available on Converse.com and from retailers globally starting January 25, 2018. Check out more info and additional images below. Continue Reading

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Kendrick Lamar + Vince Staples Collab Track Teased in Trailer for ‘Black Panther’

posted by Oscar January 9, 2018

Two of California’s best exports of the last decade, Kendrick Lamar and Vince Staples apparently cooked up something new together and it can be heard in the new trailer for Black Panther.

The soundtrack for the new Marvel movie will be curated and produced by both K. Dot and TDE CEO Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith. Last week, Kendrick shared “All The Stars,” which features SZA and it’s the first single from the soundtrack.

Black Panther hits theaters February 16, and the soundtrack will arrive the previous week on February 9. Check out the song (within the trailer) above.

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Coachella Announces 2018 Lineup feat. The Weeknd, Beyoncé, Eminem, SZA, St. Vincent, Migos

posted by Oscar January 2, 2018

It’s still early enough in 2018 where you can see someone and wish them a “Happy New Year” without sounding like a weirdo, and Coachella has already delivered the FULL lineup for their 2018 festival.

The headliners for both weekends are The Weeknd, Eminem, and Beyoncé, the latter making up for cancelling her appearance last year due to being hella pregnant with twins.

The rest of the lineup is good enough to draw plenty of attention of their own with artists like SZA, St. Vincent, Migos, Tyler the Creator, Miguel, Cardi B, War on Drugs, Chic with Nile Rodgers, Vince Staples, A Perfect Circle, Kamasi Washington, French Montana, 6LACK, Angel Olsen, Jamiroquai, Daniel Cesar, Kali Uchis, Bleachers, Post Malone, BROCKHAMPTON, Aminé, and Highly Suspect… Yeah, we like this lineup.

Shout out to Chicago’s own Knox Fortune and Noname.

Coachella 2018 will take place the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif. for two weekends this Spring (April 13-15 and April 20-22). Peep the lineup in full on the poster above.

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Tyler, the Creator’s Camp Flog Gnaw 2017 Lineup feat. Lana Del Rey, Kid Cudi, A$AP Rocky, Solange

posted by Oscar August 14, 2017

Tyler, the Creator has announced the lineup of his sixth annual Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival, which is set to take place October 28-29 at Exposition Park in Los Angeles.

Along with a performance from Tyler himself, the will have a chance to see Lana Del Rey, Kid Cudi, Solange, A$AP Rocky, Kehlani, the Internet, Earl Sweatshirt, Vince Staples, Mac Miller, Justice, Kelis, Fidlar, Migos, 6lack, Willow Smith & Jaden Smith, Kehlani and more. Syd and Steve Lacy from the Internet will both be doing solo sets, along with performing with the band.

Get your tickets, starting Thursday (August 17) at 12pm PST, at campfloggnaw.com

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Gorillaz Share Music Video for “Strobelite”

posted by Oscar August 7, 2017

Gorillaz have shared their latest visual, this time for Humanz dance track “Strobelite.” The music video was directed by Stoke native and Murdoc Niccals’ acolyte Raoul Skinbeck, and it features Peven Everett along with band members 2D, Noodle, Murdoc and Russel Hobbs hitting a club in London.

Vince Staples and Savages’ Jehnny Beth, who also appear on the album, make cameos. Check out the new video above.

A remix of “Strobelite” by one of our favorite producers, Kaytranada, is set to drop on Friday the 18th.

Also coming in time for Notting Hill Carnival is a dancehall remix of “Saturnz Barz” by Cadenza, featuring all new verses from Mad Cobra, Assassin, Kila P and Teddy Bruckshot in addition to original vocals by Popcaan and Damon Albarn.

The band headlined the inaugural Demon Dayz festival in Margate earlier this summer and most recently opened their Humanz world tour across sold out dates in the US. See the remaining dates below. Continue Reading

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Top 12 Acts of Pitchfork Music Festival 2017

posted by Oscar July 20, 2017

Pitchfork Music Festival 2017 was definitely among one of the best editions of the Chicago installment of the festival. Three days full of artists doing what they do best, and we were in attendance scoping out Union Park to see what #P4kfest had in store for us.

What we got in return was awesome performances, some that will likely be on my year-end list of the best performances I saw this year. From icons to fast-rising up-and-comers, the eclectic balance at this festival had plenty to offer right from when the first acts hit the stage.

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POD Photos: Pitchfork Music Festival 2017 – Day 1 feat. Vince Staples, Danny Brown, Dirty Projectors

posted by Oscar July 18, 2017

Check out our photos from Day 1 of Pitchfork Music Festival 2017. We kicked things off with the enigmatic rapper Vince Staples, then continued to the Red Stage to see the Thurston Moore Group to space out and see the Alternative legend play some brilliant experimental sounds. Frankie Cosmos, Danny Brown, Kamaiyah, and Dirty Projectors capped things off for our Friday festivities.

While we saw LCD Soundsystem deliver a stunning and thrilling headlining set, instead of taking photography, we joined the crowd and enjoyed it along with the masses… Time well-spent.

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Hear Vince Staples’ New Album, ‘Big Fish Theory’

posted by Oscar June 23, 2017

Vince Staples has a new album Big Fish Theory, released today and now available via streaming services like Apple Music and Spotify (below).

The album is Staples’ follow-up to 2015’s Summertime ’06 and the Prima Donna EP. The new project boasts features from the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Damon Albarn, A$AP Rocky, and Rick Ross, among others.

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10 Essential Vince Staples Tracks

posted by Alejandro Hernandez June 5, 2017

We’re barely a week into June, meaning that there is still a ton of brand new music to look forward to! One of the the most anticipated projects this month is Vince Staples’s sophomore album Big Fish Theory, which drops on the 23rd. It’s been almost two whole years since the Long Beach rapper dropped his stellar debut double album Summertime ’06, but he has had a slew of standout features on various other artists’ songs and also released an EP late last year with an accompanying short film to boot since that time.

So whether you’ve been a fan since the Shyne Coldchain era or you’re a brand new listener, you wouldn’t want to miss this album. In preparation of Big Fish Theory, here are ten of the best songs in a discography that has very few blemishes.


The first of two singles Staples has released for BFT, BagBak was the first taste of what we might possibly expect from Staples’s upcoming album. Although Staples has been featured on many EDM-style tracks, this is truly the first one that he can call his own. It’s an energetic, high-tempo track, but don’t get lost in the production lest you miss the social commentary throughout the song, with gems such as “We need Tamikas and Shaniquas in that Oval office,” to the more blatant “Tell the president to suck a d–k because we on now.”

Señorita (feat. Snoh Alegra)

What happens when you take a chilling piano instrumental with a Future Hendrix vocal sample on the hook, and get a 2 Naughty 2 Nasty Gangster Grip to rap over it? A masterpiece, that’s what. “I’m tryin’ to paint you a picture,” Staples says in the first verse, and  with an aggressive display of lyricism, he does exactly just that. He gives you a vivid image of the environment he grew up in in Long Beach, California. Throw in Snoh Alegra’s killer uncredited feature, a memorable visual with a chilling twist at the end, and you have a truly a fascinating work of art worth analyzing multiple times.


Perhaps the one song on this list that veers the furthest away stylistically from the other songs on this list, ‘Smile’ is the perfect reason why no one should put Vince Staples in a box the same way they may do to other rappers, something that he has been very vocal about. The third track off Prima Donna is backed by sweet guitar riffs, and with the album version featuring a single verse sandwiched between a chorus and bridge with introspective lyrics focusing on depression and mental health, it honestly would not sound out of place from your local alternative rock station’s rotation.

   Nate (feat. James Fauntelroy)

This is a special Vince song for me. It was the first Vince Staples track I ever listened to, and I’ve fallen in love with his music ever since. Backed by a more traditional boom-bap beat with horns, ‘Nate’ tells the story of a young Staples looking up to his problematic, drug dealing father. With opening lines like “As a kid all I wanted was to kill a man/Be like daddy’s friends, hopping out the minivan,” you are instantly transported to the impressionable mind of a young child. It’s storytelling at it’s finest, and with the exceptional James Fauntelroy’s heavenly vocals toward the end of the track, ‘Nate’ stands on it’s own as one of the best overall tracks in Vince Staples’s career.

 Blue Suede

This track punches you in the face to moment you press play. Nothing can prepare you for the sheer nastiness of the sharp synth and heavy bass production, plus Vince just goes waaaay too hard. Staples doesn’t beat around the bush on this track: if you aren’t with him in this dog-eat-dog world, then you’re a against him. With absolute BARS like “Ask where he from then leave his dome roofless/Sweet Chin Music kick back, gruesome/Watch out for Judas, Vice and G Unit,” or “Live or die for the whoopin’ or the Crippin’, pick a side/Death row, till they put you in the Pikachu to fry/That’s life, three strikes, that’s life,” Staples lets you know exactly where he’s coming from. His experience as a Crip has a major role in much of his music, but there is probably no one song that shows off more pride in that fact more than this one.

 Lift Me Up

‘Lift Me Up’ sets the tone for the entirety of S’06. It’s a dark and ominous track, with Vince rapping about the juxtapositions he observes as a someone trapped between two worlds: the more affluent (and white) social class that he has joined as a successful artist vs. the hood he grew up in Long Beach, California. The hook is more introspective, with Staples stating that he prays to God to help him somehow escape the pressures from both worlds weighing him down, possibly even through death, thus his soul would be being ‘lift up’ to Heaven. It’s a great opener for a tremendous double album, and it will be interesting to see how the first song on BFT will compare with this one.


The titular track to the first half of Vince’s debut double album, ‘Summertime’ is a slow and moody track that offers a deeper exploration into what was on the young rapper’s mind during his adolescence. In this case, it was love, something that Staples publicly stated as to being the driving force that tore apart the relationships he had with his friends at the time that this the album is dedicated to. For much of the song, Vince is talking to a girl that he has hurt, trying to get her to open up herself to him by opening up his about own deepest insecurities.  It’s a cathartic track with Staples at his most vulnerable, something that is a real taboo topic within many marginalized communities. Depending on how emotional you can get, you might have to prep with a box of tissues for the gangster tears that are bound to fall from your eyes.

War Ready

Man, James Blake and Vince Staples seriously need to consider forming a duo because every time these guys get together, only magic seems to come out of it. Blake’s production goes absolutely crazy and the Andre 3000 interpolation is god-level sampling. Staples definitely does his thing too, hitting you with a rapid flow of blunt bars ranging from race relations to name dropping Edgar Allen Poe. Staples reminds you with the song’s hook to not mess with him unless you expect a battle because he was indeed “Born ready, War Ready.”

         Hive (Earl Sweatshirt feat. Vince Staples & Cassie Veggies)

The sole feature on this list because it really served as Vince’s introduction to a wider rap audience, putting him on the map as one of the best young up-and-coming rappers, justifiably so. Vince’s verse at the end is LEGENDARY. I mean, the whole damn track is absurdly great, but when Earl Sweatshirt, who snaps on every single thing he does, says you have the verse of the year on HIS OWN SONG. AND YOU WROTE IT IN 15 MINUTES. You must be doing something right.

Norf Norf

This one was a given from the start. Easily his most well known song, even before the whole incident with that white lady ranting about how this song was corrupting America’s youth (side note: you know a track is pretty fire when it offends white America), and it’s also one of his best. This was one of the first Vince Staples songs I listened to, and my personal favorite. I still bump it now as hard as I did the first time I heard it. I don’t even know where to begin on how great this song is. I mean hell, it probably has the greatest opening line to a song ever with “B—h you thirsty, please grab a sprite,” which also doubles as the greatest product placement line of all time. Great rappers can transport you into a different place, and Vince is one of the best in the game at doing just that. The song tells a gritty story of what it’s like to live “Where the skinny carry strong heat/Norfside, Long Beach,” but it does so in a way that’s so unapologetic and catchy as hell. Clams Casino goes crazy on the beat, and Vince does his usual thing of spitting nothing bars from beginning to end, proudly repping his hometown while also claiming his spot as one of the rap game’s finest.


Don’t Sleep: 10 Underrated Rap Songs of May

posted by Luis Hernandez May 29, 2017


Gucci Mane, Lil Yachty and even Bryson Tiller decided to drop music this month taking over the industry every week. Often times, when many high profile artists drop music lesser known acts slide under the radar without the proper attention they deserve. Being that May was again a great month for rap, here are 10 rap songs that may have flew under your radar and need to be played before we close the door on May 2017. Listen below!

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Gorillaz’ Humanz has arrived!

posted by Rosario Edwards April 28, 2017

New Gorillaz is album “Humanz” finally here! Take a listen to the new album with 26 features (!!)

This is Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett’s first album since 2010’s spectacular Plastic Beach, and it could not have com at a better time. Featuring Vince Staples, De La Soul, Popcaan, Danny Brown, D.R.A.M, and so many more, this album is sure to be on constant rotation as the weather slowly begins to improve.

With rumors of a possible Chicago version of their Demon Dayz Festival on the horizon, Gorillaz season is upon us.

Be on the lookout for a list of our top songs!

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