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  • Summary: The debut seven-track solo studio release for the Cutthroat Boyz member features a guest appearance from Teyana Taylor.
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  1. Nov 11, 2014
    90
    Hell Can Wait is Vince Staples’ best short release to date and his true-to-form introduction as a Def Jam artist. It’s proof that he can improve for a new audience without compromising to reach them.
  2. Nov 11, 2014
    85
    Even a casual listener could hear the spark--Staples' first fame came from getting the best of known mic terrorist Earl Sweatshirt--his production values have finally caught up enough to push him past the scrappy sidekick division into the big leagues.
  3. Nov 11, 2014
    85
    Hell Can Wait is a dense and rewarding EP from a rapper who is refreshingly serious about his craft.
  4. Nov 11, 2014
    80
    Hell Can Wait succeeds as a reintroduction of sorts, showing Staples as a more focused and forward-moving artist who will surely outlive "them red roses."
  5. Nov 11, 2014
    80
    The growth is unmistakable, with each song and new project, fans see his raw talent getting more finely tuned and concentrated. Hell Can Wait is the next step in the maturation process of Staples as a MC.
  6. Nov 11, 2014
    70
    Coming in at 24 minutes and with seven cuts on the track list, this is EP-sized and not long enough for the full artist picture, but that said, there's no filler, either.
  7. The Wire
    Dec 15, 2014
    60
    With Hell Can Wait, he inches logically towards a modernisation of the chaotic wall of noise formula that defined Public Enemy than immediately pulls back from it. [Nov 2014, p.76]

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  1. Feb 12, 2016
    10
    Flames is an understatement, Vince executed it so swiftly in this project................ just wow, what a beautiful work of art. Now excuseFlames is an understatement, Vince executed it so swiftly in this project................ just wow, what a beautiful work of art. Now excuse me while I go and bump this album in my car Expand
  2. Mar 10, 2016
    9
    Wish it wasn't so short but it sure is fire.I really enjoyed the different flows he had in this album like Limos and 65 Hunnid. A reallyWish it wasn't so short but it sure is fire.I really enjoyed the different flows he had in this album like Limos and 65 Hunnid. A really overlooked rapper, can't wait til he blows up. Expand
  3. Jun 24, 2017
    9
    Not my first introduction to Vince Staples. I listened to the mixtape he did with Mac Miller, a mixtape that Vince says he was never seriousNot my first introduction to Vince Staples. I listened to the mixtape he did with Mac Miller, a mixtape that Vince says he was never serious about when making it. Also "Nate" song off his solo mixtape I really liked. Hell Can Wait is like a mini-bio that comes before thee critical acclaimed album Summertime 06. I actually held to listening to this EP right before his debut album came out from 2015. With music today you can't keep up. The songs that drawn me to the EP was easily Blue Suede just the beat alone you know it's some WC-ish. So yeah this was a tone setter.

    Favorites: Blue Suede*, 65 Hunnid and Screen Door.
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  4. Nov 24, 2014
    7
    Vince Staples is glowing with potential on this EP. He understand how to make hooks that are catchy but not 2 chains simple. The flow is ok.Vince Staples is glowing with potential on this EP. He understand how to make hooks that are catchy but not 2 chains simple. The flow is ok. even though the pace and intensity of the flow does not change too much from song to song. His biggest issue is lyrical complexity. There is just not enough content on there to carry the whole album. Yet, in all, this is easily top 10 albums this year. This album, I see, as more of a raising action in his career than a climax. Expand