Fresh off dropping his new FM! album earlier this week, the California rapper launched his new Beats 1 Radio Show, Ramona Radio and spoke on his creative process, his new album’s features and more. During the show, the former XXL Freshman revealed that he and Skateboard P had recorded new tracks for his newly released LP.
Addressing a national audience, Vince discussed the process that went into creating his LP before admitting that he has so many tracks with Pharrell that he has to wait until he drops the next project to debut them. “This is a very special project,” he begins. “It’s not the album—you’ll have to wait for that. We have a lot of projects. We took the Pharrell ones off this one, we have too many Pharrell ones. Maybe next project.”
The Long Beach rapper’s upcoming EP will have a visual component directed by Nabil Eldurkin. After announcing his Prima Donna EP earlier this week, Vince Staples has shared links on his website to two “private screening” events in Los Angeles and New York City on his personal website. It seems as though the Long Beach rapper will be throwing his hat into the ring with Beyoncé, ScHoolboy Q, and, most recently, Frank Ocean, who have released extensive visual projects to accompany their albums.
A flyer for the events reads, “story by Vince Staples and Nabil Elderkin,” Nabil is a Los Angeles director who is well-known for his work with Kanye West and Frank Ocean among others. The flyer also lists musical contributions from James Blake, DJ Dahi, No I.D., and Chad Hugo. Apply to win tickets to Vince Staples’ Prima Donna EP private screenings here.
Tyler, The Creator and Vince Staples stopped by New York radio station Hot 97’s “Real Late With Peter Rosenberg“, where they were enticed to freestyle for a few minutes. Unlike other performers, however, they were decidedly unprepared. Vince drops in and out of the beat to figure out what he’s going to say, much to Rosenberg’s protest. (And here’s one of Tyler’s lines: “Me and Vince go way back just like LeBron hairline.”) Check it out below at 10:27.
Now, on what is apparently the first single from his upcoming LP, Staples tips the scales toward current trap music parlance. Superficially, the inclusion of Future signals this, but the key is more in the pointillistic production from chameleonic Chicago duo Christian Rich, and Staples‘ own austere flow.
Future’s contribution is not a sinuous melodic hook, as one might expect, but clipped, dry triplets: The song’s chorus is a sample cut bluntly out of the first verse of his “Covered N Money“. On the original, it was part of a rev-up to explosive euphoria, but stripped of context, the dully intoned snippet takes on a haunting, ritualistic sound.
Vince Staples – Señorita feat. Future (Christian Rich) (15’)
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