Album Review | Vince Staples – Summertime ’06

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This is another album that I’ve been putting off for a pretty long time. It’s not that I don’t like Vince Staples. He’s one of my favorite rappers. It’s just that… Well… This album is so goddamn long. I’m expecting this to be pretty dope, but I just didn’t feel like sitting through a long ass album like this. I guess that doesn’t really make sense when you think about it, but whatever. I’m doing it now. I can’t remember the first time I heard Vince Staples, but the first time he actually grabbed my attention was on Hive by Earl Sweatshirt. Fuckin’ love that song. Anyway, after I heard his verse on that song I was just like, “Goddamn… That was dope af.” I checked out that Stolen Youth mixtape that he did with Larry Fisherman (That’s Mac Miller’s producer pseudonym), and I was like, “Goddamn… That was dope af.” Vince Staples quickly became one of my favorite rappers after I heard all that shit. Then he released Shyne Coldchain, Vol. 2. I never listened to that shit. I still plan to some day, but it just hasn’t happened. I did listen to one of the singles that he released for it tho. It’s called Nate, and it’s fucking great. Again, fuckin’ love that song. Then I think he released an EP called Hell Can Wait after that. I got to that project pretty late. I liked it, but I wasn’t blown away by it like I was with his other shit. It was dope. I actually reviewed that project back when I was first starting this website. I took it down because my review was fucking terrible, but if you really care that much I said it was dope. My favorite track was Screen Door. I can’t remember what my least favorite track was. Anyway, I’m pretty sure this is the only project that he released after that. I may be wrong. Lemme check real quick. Yeah, I think that’s it. Huh. Google changed their logo. Interesting. This is a double disc album. That means nothing to me. I’m just gonna review it like any other project. Alright. Vince Staples. Summertime ’06. Here we go.

Track 1: Ramona Park Legend, Pt. 1 (Prod. No I.D.)

Fuck yes. This production is great. I love the dark beats that Vince always raps over. He’s not rapping on this one tho. It’s just an instrumental intro. There are waves crashing and seagulls screaming in the background. This works pretty well as an intro. It’s not something I would listen to again, but I love the beat. I’m not gonna give it a rating since it isn’t a full song tho. I hope he uses this beat later…

Track 2: Lift Me Up (Prod. No I.D. & DJ Dahi)

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Fuck yes. I fucking love DJ Dahi. This should be great. Okay, it’s starting now. Damn. This beat sounds dope af. Yes. This is great. He opens this song up with a pretty powerful line. “I’m just a nigga until I fill my pockets, and then I’m Mr. Nigga / They follow me while shoppin’.” I like that one of the first things he chooses to address on this album is racism. The first verse was great. He pretty much just talks about the fear that white people have of black people that don’t act like Uncle Toms. “Uber driver in the cockpit look like Jeffrey Dahmer, but he lookin’ at me crazy when we pull up to the projects.” The whole first verse is full of great lines like that. The hook is starting now. Thank God. It doesn’t suck. It’s actually pretty dope. I fuck with the hook. The second verse is dope like the first one too. I definitely fuck with this shit. I love how he talks about the way black people and the ‘hood in general are viewed by privileged white people like Donald Trump. Fuck Donald Trump. If you’re reading this please for the love of God do not vote for Donald Trump. I have no idea how the fuck Donald Trump is so popular right now. Sorry. I didn’t mean to make this shit political. It’s the song tho. It makes you think. Just try thinking of as many politicians that care about brothers in the hood as you can. I can only think of one, and it’s Bernie Sanders. I fuck with Bernie Sanders. I fuck with this song too. This song is dope af. 5/5

Track 3: Norf Norf (Prod. Clams Casino)

Goddamn. He got Clams Casino on this bitch too? Damn. No I.D., DJ Dahi & Clams Casino. That’s a fucking good ass production roster. Roster. Never thought I would be in a position where that word would be appropriate… Seriously tho, this album has some great producers on it. Okay I’m finna press play now. This beat is dope af. The fucking… Well, I’m not sure what instrument that is… I have no idea what’s making that sound. It’s dope af tho. It sounds like a fucking whale. That doesn’t sound like a good thing on paper, but I fuck with it. Vince Staples’ flow is dope af on this. Hahaha. He’s really making the most of that deal he has with Sprite. He mentions it in almost every other tweet, and now he even mentioned it in this song. It’s the first thing he says. “Bitch you thirsty / Please grab a Sprite.” The beat is fucking great. The fucking hand claps are in the perfect place. They don’t sound corny at all. If you’re wondering what the fuck “norf” means, he’s just saying that he’s from “Norfside, Long Beach.” This hook is fucking great. “I ain’t never ran from nothing but the police.” The beat is perfect. You can’t rap over this beat and not have an amazing flow. That would just be fucked up. This is fucking great. The flow, hook, and beat are all fucking great. Lemme check this music video out… Okay, it’s shot in black and white. He’s sitting in the back of a police car. It look as if his homies is gettin’ arrested. The old, white police officer is driving him to jail now. He’s gettin’ his mugshots taken now. Why is it called a mugshot? This is dope. I’m not really sure what’s goin’ on now… It looks like he’s tryna talk to a detective or something. Oh he’s getting interrogated. Okay, he clearly pissed these old white police officers the fuck off. Goddamn. That looks so fucking annoying. Get the fuck off of me. That would be so fucking annoying if a police officer had me held down like that and he kept pushing my head down. I fucking hate cops. He’s in jail now. Alright the video ended. He just got arrested. It was a cool video. I liked it. It wasn’t amazing or anything, but I enjoyed it. I definitely fuck with this shit tho. This is dope af. 5/5

Track 4: Birds & Bees Feat. Daley (Prod. DJ Dahi)

I have no idea who the fuck Daley is. He has a Wikipedea page tho. I’m ’bout to check that real quick. It look as if he’s an “Alternative R&B, Soul, and Pop artist.” I don’t know why, but I’m actually not expecting him to ruin this song. I don’t know. Lemme just go ahead and start this shit. This beat is dope. The hook is alright. He did a pretty great job on this first verse. He’s just rappin’ about how he’s gangsta as fuck. I fuck with the first verse. Goddamn. I can’t understand a motherfucking thing Daley is saying on this bridge, but he sounds fucking fantastic. What the fuck? The song just ended. There was one verse and a bridge. I think the verse and bridge were great tho. I just didn’t expect it to be so short. That Daley feature was a pleasant surprise tho. He sounded fucking incredible singing that shit. Kinda wish I could understand what he was saying, but still. The beat was cool. The hook was nothing special. I fuck with this song tho. The verse was great and the fucking bridge from Daley was… Well, you know… This is dope. 4/5

Track 5: Loca (Prod. No I.D.)

This beat is fucking dope af. Vince’s flow is great on this shit. I don’t really find the topic particularly interesting to be honest, but sonically this is great. The beat is dope af. His flow is great too. The hook is nothing special. It’s kinda boring. It’s alright. It’s just a song about a bad ass bitch with a fake booty that drives Vince Staples crazy. Damn. The song already over. I don’t really have much to say about this shit. It’s alright I guess. I liked the beat and flow. It did get a little old after a while tho. The hook was kinda boring. I don’t know. It’s not a bad song, but I don’t think I would ever feel like playing this again. If it comes on I probably won’t fast forward, but this isn’t gonna be something that I play by itself. It’s alright. Not bad. Just not that good to me. 3/5

Track 6: Lemme Know Feat. Jhené Aiko & DJ Dahi (Prod. DJ Dahi, No I.D. & Brian Kidd)

Huh. This should be interesting. I’ve never heard DJ Dahi as an actual feature. Hopefully he doesn’t ruin this fucking shit. Okay, it looks like he’s on the hook. It was cool. The lyrics are really nothing special. This beat is cool I guess. The first verse has Vince Staples and Jhené Aiko harmonizing with each other. It surprisingly doesn’t sound awful. They’re still harmonizing on the second verse, but they aren’t singing. It’s cool to hear Jhené kinda rapping on this. The verses are cool I guess. It was cool to hear Jhené rapping by herself on the outro. I don’t know. It’s not bad, but I’m not really… I don’t know. The hook is kinda… It’s not great. The topic isn’t that interesting to me either. It’s just about how Vince is in love with this girls body. The beat was alright I guess. It sounded a little too similar to the other ones on here to me. I guess this is alright. It’s definitely not bad. I’m just not into it like that. 3/5

Track 7: Dopeman Feat. Joey Fatts & Kilo Kish (Prod. No I.D.)

I fuck with Joey Fatts. I’m not really into Kilo Kish… To be fair, the only time I’ve ever heard anything from her was on The Rap Monument. Does anybody remember that? No? Okay, well fuck it then. Alright, this intro from Joey Fatts was pretty dope. It’s like 4 acapella bars about how this guy is a great dealer. The line that got me was, “out here servin’ dope to niggas’ mamas.” That’s fucking fucked up. It’s REAL tho. He didn’t sugarcoat it like most rappers that glorify this kinda shit would. This beat is dope. Damn. I actually really fuck with this hook from Kilo Kish. She sounds fucking insane. Okay, Vince is going in now. Oh fuck yeah. This is great. His verse was pretty short, but I fucking loved it. He sounded so fuckin’ gangsta on this shit. He’s just rappin’ about sellin’ drugs and tryna get paid. It doesn’t sound that special when you say that, but the way he did it was so fucking dope. I feel like I’m actually on the streets and this guy is tryna sell me some drugs. There’s only one verse and Joey Fatts is only on the intro. That’s not really a problem tho. It’s dope af. “I don’t need a gun just to melt a nigga brain.” That’s so fucked up, and so gangsta, and so hard, and so real. I definitely fuck with this shit right here. This is dope af. 5/5

Track 8: Jump Off The Roof Feat. Snoh Aalegra (Prod. No I.D.)

This beat is pretty dope. I fuck with this beat. His flow is fucking great on this shit too. He’s rapping about addiction and his girl and it’s gettin’ kinda ugly… “I hate when you lie / I hate the truth too / Can’t wait ’til you die / I hate that we through / Fuck around and get a man / Leave him dead where he stand with the blam’ / I ain’t playin’ with a mufucka.” The beat sounds kinda scary and a little sad at the same time. I fuck with it. This whole song is just exhausting. It just feels big. There’s a lot to take in with this one. The lyrics are just so fucking emotional. Not in a Drake way tho. Kinda in an Earl Sweatshirt way. Shit gets grim on this one. The hook is cool. The beat is great. Snoh Aalegra’s on the bridge. She did her thing. This is fucking great. The beat is dope af. The lyrics are fucking great too. I definitely fuck with this shit. This shit is dope af. I hope he makes a music video for it… 5/5

Track 9: Señorita (Prod. Christian Rich)

What the fuck??? Is that Future??? What the FUCK? This motherfucker Vince Staples did a song with Future? Goddamn. That’s so fucking weird… I did not expect that shit at all. Wow. Okay… I need to start this shit over. I wasn’t even really paying attention at first because I was so shocked. Okay, it’s starting now. Oh, he didn’t actually get Future to do this for him. He just sampled a verse from a Future song called Covered N Money. I guess that’s why Future isn’t credited as a feature. I’m so fucking hungry. I’m finna take a quick break and get something to eat. I got two slices of bacon and a coco patty. That’s kind of a weird meal, but it was fine. In case you have no idea what I’m talking about, a coco patty is a Trinidadian dessert. Damn. I couldn’t even find a picture of one on google images. Well, it looks like an over sized hot dog bun with red jelly in the middle. It’s not jelly tho. It’s not a hot dog bun either. It just looks like it. It’s sweetbread with coconut in it. The coconut is died red. Y’all probably wouldn’t like it. I do tho. I wonder if it’s everywhere in Trinidad or if it’s only in the city where my mama grew up. I don’t know. It didn’t go very well with the bacon… Future’s hook on here is pretty catchy to be honest. I’m not really a fan of his, but I liked the hook. He thankfully didn’t say anything too outrageous. I guess it sorta sets the tone of the song. Damn. This beat is fucking great. When that snare comes in…

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This beat has a heavy trap influence. I guess that makes sense since there’s a Future feature. Vince Staples is just rapping about gangsta shit. His flow is fucking great. Damn. He’s really improved that shit. Has his flow always been this good? Fuck. I got coconut in my fucking eye. This song is dope. The Future hook gets kinda annoying after a while, but it ain’t that bad. This fucking outro is incredible. I think that’s Snoh Aalegra. She sounds fucking great. The beat got extra dope for the outro too. That was great. I’m finna uh… I’m finna check out this music video real quick. God fucking damnit. The fucking Music app on my iPhone keeps crashing. It happens when I clear the Up Next playlist and when I try to change the screen orientation when watching music video. Apple, FIX THIS SHIT. Fuck, man. Oh my fucking lord. Now I have to watch the music video on YouTube like somebody who doesn’t have Apple Music would do. FUCK. Fuckin’ app pisses me the fuck off. FUCK YOU. Alright lemme go to the fucking YouTube app now. Fuck. Okay, it looks like there’s a crowd of people slowly walking down a road. It’s led by a bald headed guy holding up a book with Vince Staples’ logo on it. Vince Staples is walking down the road now. He’s just passing a bunch of different people. The crowd of people is still walking down the road. More & more of them keep falling over. It looks like they’re gettin’ shot. Oh… Wow… That… Wow… The camera zooms out, and… There’s what looks like a privileged white family staring through a window in a museum just smiling at the fucked up low income neighborhood. I don’t know how to put it into words. It’s powerful tho. These white ass privileged people don’t realize that the people they’re staring at and treating like animals in a zoo are human beings. It reminds me of my school so much. Just a bunch of privileged white kids that take stereotypes too seriously and think that black people are clowns. That music video is fantastic. I’m not in love with the song, but I fuck with it. It’s dope. The music video is dope af tho. Y’all should definitely check it out. 4/5

Track 10: Summertime (Prod. Clams Casino)

Okay, this is the last song on the first disc. Yes. Clams Casino. Yes. This fucking beat is incredible. Vince Staples is kinda singing on the hook. It actually sounds pretty good to me. He kinda sounds like Boogie when he’s singing. Kinda. He’s singing the whole first verse. I should hate this, but his singing really isn’t that bad to me. The hook is actually really catchy. “My teachers told me we was slaves / My mama told me we was kings / I don’t know who to listen to / I guess we somewhere in between.” This is a love song. I usually don’t like love songs, but this is the kind that I do like. It’s sad. Love songs should be sad. I fuck with this shit. His singing isn’t amazing, and once the verses start it sound a little off, but for some reason I like this… The beat is fantastic. I don’t know. I like this song. I don’t even know why. Well, I guess I do. I like the way his voice sounds when he sings. It doesn’t really go perfectly with the beat, but it still sounds good. The lyrics are fucking great too. He definitely loves this girl, but he doesn’t know if he’s gonna be able to be with her. It’s sad. That’s exactly how love songs should be. I love sad love songs. If you’re gonna make a love song it has to be convincing. Show me that you really care about the person you’re making a song about. That’s what Vince did on this one. I fuck with this shit. This is dope. I would call it dope af, but he doesn’t really fit into the beat as well as he should when he’s singing. It’s almost like he’s not sure what note to go for. It’s not horrible tho. I like the song. It’s dope. 4/5

Track 11: Ramona Park Legend, Pt. 2 (Prod. No I.D.)

Alright, it’s been a few days since I finished the first disc. The song that I keep going back to is Summertime. I don’t know. I doubt it’s my favorite track, but for some reason I just keep going back to it. I don’t go back to the other ones. Hopefully there are even better songs on this disc. Okay, I’m ’bout to start this shit now. It has the same beat as the first track. Hopefully, Vince actually raps or something. Huh… Is that Earl Sweatshirt? He’s just saying random shit in the background. It goes with the beat, but I don’t really think it’s supposed to be a hook. I don’t know. He’s just saying “I’m a muhfuckin’ legend.” Vince is saying shit. He said the same shit two times. I think that’s supposed to be a hook. I don’t know. I definitely shouldn’t rate this shit. I enjoyed it, but it’s clearly not a full song. I think I’ll just… Uh. Well, you know… Not rate this shit. I did like it tho. I guess. It’s not really something I would just listen to by itself… I like the beat and the shit they were saying wasn’t bad, but it’s… It’s just not really a full song. It’s definitely more substantial than the first one. I guess. It’s still not something that you just listen to tho. You have to be in the right mood to listen to this shit. Smokin’ weed might help. Or vaping. Just kidding. That’s so fucking lame.

Track 12: 3230 (Prod. No I.D.)

This beat is fucking great. Vince Staples’ flow and delivery are dope. This beat is really fucking great. Vince is rapping about his fucked up neighborhood and it’s honestly gangsta as fuck. There’s not much to say other than the fact (opinion I guess) that this shit is fucking great. The beat is fucking incredible and Vince sounds gangsta as fuck on here. He really does a good job of making his neighborhood sound fucked up. His delivery is at a higher pitch and energy than usual for him. It’s dope tho. His flow was nice too. I definitely fuck with this shit. This shit is dope af. 5/5

Track 13: Surf Feat. Kilo Kish (Prod. Clams Casino)

Hopefully Kilo Kish’s feature on this bitch is done as well as it was on Dopeman. Damn. This fucking beat is crazy. Clams. Yes. Vince’s first verse was great. His flow was dope af. He was rapping about people in the hood again. It was different tho. He’s asking people in the hood why they do what they do. It’s so hot in my room right now. Okay, I’m in the bathroom right now. I’m sitting on the toilet. Anyway, Kilo Kish’s hook was pretty decent I guess. It definitely wasn’t bad. I liked her contribution to Dopeman better tho. Oh… Shit… I don’t know about this second verse… It’s not bad, but… Well, I guess Vince Staples is pro-life. I don’t know. I guess I’m pro-choice. I guess. It is kinda fucked up that they put a price on a life. I guess the verse isn’t really bad. It’s just… I don’t know. The second half sorta picks things up for me. “I ain’t really tryna judge, they be lookin’ for somebody you can love / He was lookin’ for somebody he could fuck / Took ya body, wouldn’t bother with you none.” That kinda saved the verse for me. I’m glad he didn’t just put all the blame on the women who get pregnant instead of looking at the men too. I think it’s real fucked up that people are always telling teenage girls not to have sex, but they don’t say shit when it comes to the men. Having sex as a teenager is glorified if you’re a man. Sorry. Didn’t mean to get too political. I liked the verse tho. I fuck with this song. The beat is fucking crazy and Vince did his thing. The hook was dope. I liked the one on Dopeman better, but this one is still good. This song is dope. 4/5

Track 14: Might Be Wrong Feat. Haneef Talib (Prod. No I.D.)

James Fauntleroy is an uncredited feature on this song and his hook is fucking great. If I was a rapper I would have him do hooks for me all the time. Or the Weeknd. Or Tory Lanez. Anyway, after the hook Haneef Talib has a Spoken Word interlude about how the justice system is very unjust and it’s honestly dope af. He’s talking about all the fucking bullshit that’s been happening with police brutality. He talked about the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” line that’s been used in protests following the shootings of Mike Brown & countless others. This is so fucking dope. I wish I could transcribe the whole interlude here. “Slain in society by sworn protectors / Protected by their peers / Grand juries full of friends / No charges brought against them / They kill and arrest us / Transgress and oppress us.” It’s spoken through a phone. It sounds like he’s speakin’ through the visitor phone thing that they have in prison. After that, James Fauntleroy comes back for the hook. It’s clear that Vince is talking to him through a phone. Damn. It just ended. Vince didn’t really do anything on this song, but it’s still great. This shit is fucking dope af. James Fauntleroy sounded fucking incredible on that hook and Heneef’s Spoken Word poem was fantastic. This shit is absolutely dope af. 5/5

Track 15: Get Paid Feat. Desi Mo (Prod. No I.D.)

This beat is dope. The hook is alright I guess. It gets annoying after a while to be honest. It’s pretty repetitive and Desi Mo’s voice is just a little grating. “AY GET PAID GET PAID AY GET PAID GET PAID AY GET PAID GET PAID AY.” Vince’s first verse wasn’t bad. He’s rapping from the perspective of a young gangsta who’s tryna get money. I don’t know. The second verse was cool too I guess. This song just isn’t really doin’ it for me. It’s just a little uninteresting to me. It’s not bad, but it just isn’t… I don’t know. I wouldn’t play this again, but if it came on the radio I probably wouldn’t change the station. I’m just not in love with it. I’ll probably never listen to this again. It’s alright. The Desi Mo feature was pretty unnecessary too. 3/5

Track 16: Street Punks (Prod. No I.D.)

Goddamn. This beat is fucking great. Vince is doin’ his thing on the first verse. He’s basically tellin’ us that he’s gangsta as fuck and he’s actually kinda braggin’ a little bit. It doesn’t seem like he does that very much. “I’m the nigga that you quote / I’m the only conversation if you speaking up on Long Beach / Get to acting like you know / Don’t be acting like you bold, get it cracking at a show.” I fuck with this verse. The hook is pretty dope. He’s just talkin’ ’bout “You a street punk.” The second verse was gangsta as fuck. It was fucking dark as hell. He was talkin’ about murder. It was so dope. “I don’t know if ya heard of me, but you heard them shots on the block / It’s a murder scene / Go on call the cops / Open heart durin’ surgery / Now his breathing stopped / Stupid niggas should of knew we tripping.” I fuck with this shit. It’s  gangsta and dark and fucked up. This is dope af. 5/5

Track 17: Hang N Bang Feat. A$ton Matthews (Prod. No I.D.)

I fuck with A$ton Matthews. I haven’t listened to any of his projects, but I like him on features and he has a pretty dope song called Lit. Damn. Okay, the song just started, and right at 0:00 the hook starts. It’s simple, but it gets the job done. This beat is real dark. I fuck with it. The first verse is dope. After every bar he says, “DAS TROO.” Earl did that on one of his parody songs. I can’t remember what it was called. It was great tho. Anyway, A$ton Matthews is goin’ in on the second verse. The little break right before he goes in was gangsta as fuck. His verse was dope. I definitely fuck with this shit. This shit is so fuckin’ gangsta. This is dope af. 5/5

Track 18: C.N.B. (Prod. No I.D., DJ Dahi & Brian Kidd)

I don’t know what the fuck that is. Someone’s singing at the beginning of this song, and it has some strange vocal effect on it. It sounds like there’s a fuck load of reverb on it. It’s not bad tho. I kinda like it. It kinda sounds like James Fauntleroy. Kinda. Good lord this fucking beat is absolutely incredible. This hook is dope af too. His delivery is kind of melodic and it sounds great over this beat. Okay, he’s about to start rapping. “The sheets and crosses turned to suits and ties.” Yes. This is about to be so fucking dope. “They made a nuisance once the noose is tied/ We gentrified / We victimized / We fighting for survival / No hopes and dreams / Just leave us be / We leanin’ on the Bible.” Fuck yes. This is fucking great. That first verse was dope af. This fucking song… There are so many dope fucking lines on this shit. This is some of the realest shit I heard in a long time. “Why they hate us? Why they want to rape us for our culture? / They greet, defeat us, bleed us, then they leave us for the vultures / They break the brilliant off with millions / Tryna to break their focus / More tan the man, the more alone and hopeless.” I definitely fuck with this shit man. This is the kind of shit that resonates with me. That’s why I loved Kendrick’s latest album so much. I definitely fuck with this song. This shit is absolutely dope af. 5/5

Track 19: Like It Is (Prod. Brian Kidd, DJ Dahi & No I.D.)

This one has the same vocal effects at the beginning. It’s dope. Goddamn. This fucking beat is fucking incredible. Vince Staples went in too. It’s pretty clear that he isn’t a fan of upper class white men who look down on brothers who live in low income neighborhoods. I think it’s safe to assume that Vince Staples won’t be voting for Donald Trump. Does Vince Staples have a criminal record? I hope not. If he does then he won’t be voting for anyone, which is fucking BULLshit. This is one of the few songs on the album that actually has three verses. The other songs don’t feel too short tho. The hook on this one isn’t bad. I definitely fuck with this shit. This is dope af. 5/5

Track 20: ’06 (Prod. No I.D.)

EUGH SHIT THIS BEAT IS FUCKING INCREDIBLE. Fuck, man. Vince was goin’ in and right in the middle of his verse there was a bunch of static and then the song ended. It’s only 46 seconds. Right at the beginning somebody was like “Next time on Poppy Street” as if this album was a TV show. I guess the full song will be on his next project. I hope so. I can’t rate this. The fucking beat is incredible tho.

Final Thoughts:

That was dope. The production was all fantastic, but to be honest I prefer Vince over more laid back beats. A lot of the production on here sounded more trap inspired than I would’ve preferred. I think this album is really good, but I still think Stolen Youth is the best project that I’ve heard from him. Larry Fisherman has a smoother, darker and grittier style. This shit was still great tho.  Vince Staples really stepped his flow up on here too. I was pleasantly surprised by that. I never thought he had a bad flow, but it’s never really stood out that much. I liked his more laid back delivery that he had on Stolen Youth, but that really wouldn’t have worked over this more energetic production. This album is still really dark, especially in terms of the lyrics. I also think he used his features really well. Vince Staples never gets outshined on this album. That shit with Haneef Talib was dope af too. That was really dope. This whole album is really dope. I personally don’t think that it’s his best project, and I don’t know if I like the direction he’s going in to be honest. I still think the music is great, but I liked his old style better. Shit like Get Paid is just a little too poppy for me. It’s not that bad tho. I can’t really call any of the songs on this project bad. I can’t get into some of them, but they still aren’t bad. This album is definitely dope. I fuck with this album.

Favorite Song: C.N.B.

Least Favorite Track: Lemme Know

Verdict:

88%

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