By Conner Jensen
Hailing from Long Beach, Vince Staples has been taking the rap scene by storm after the release of his first studio album Summertime ’06. While many people are just now starting to notice him, he’s been an integral part of the hip-hop game for some time now. Staples left his life of gang-banging and began making music with Dijon “Lavish” Samo and Chuck Wun, which soon proved to be a move in the right direction for his individual career. Samo introduced Staples to Syd tha Kyd (vocalist of Odd Future’s The Internet), Earl Sweatshirt, and Mike G, and thereafter became a close associate with the rap group. Since he met and befriended members of the group, he has also appeared on their albums, including three separate features on Sweatshirt’s Doris and at least one feature on every single one of his projects thus far.
Up until being featured on “Epar” from Sweatshirt’s debut mixtape, Staples had no desire to be a rapper. However, his feature had fans craving more, so since he didn’t have any other plan for his life, he released Shyne Coldchain Vol. 1; this appeared to be his new destiny. Following the release of his debut Mixtape, Staples had difficulty finding people to produce beats for him, until he met a budding producer Larry Fisherman, better known by his rap name Mac Miller. Together, the two created Stolen Youth, a mixtape produced entirely by Fisherman and ripe with all-star features, including Fisherman himself and Schoolboy Q. Shortly after the release of this tape, Staples saw his stardom take off quick after touring with Mac Miller and signing to Def Jam Recordings.
Following Stolen Youth, Staples released Shyne Coldchain Vol. 2, went on tour, and then began to work on his first studio album. Prior to the release of Summertime ’06, Staples released an EP entitled Hell Can Wait, which was the first project that was sold instead of released for free. Summertime ’06 has been an album of much acclaim, including getting Staples a spot among the XXL Magazine 2015 Freshmen Class. Vince Staples is bringing his Circa ’06 Tour to Phoenix on Friday, May 13th at the Crescent Ballroom for all the hip-hop heads ages sixteen and up. This is sure to be the first of many tours for Staples, but that still doesn’t mean that this concert is one to overlook.