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  • Summary: The second full-length studio release for the rapper features contributions from such artists as A$AP Rocky, Damon Albarn, Kilo Kish, Juicy J, Ty Dolla Signn, and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon.
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Big Fish
You can get anything you want Know what I'm saying? You want that over there? You want that over there? I got you I was up late night... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 25
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 25
  3. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. 100
    Whatever this is, it’s jaw-dropping.
  2. Jun 26, 2017
    91
    On his new album, Big Fish Theory, Staples continues to perfect his brand of nuanced nihilism while exploring new sounds that should put the music industry on notice that the future is now.
  3. The Wire
    Aug 9, 2017
    90
    What’s most thrilling about Big Fish Theory is that it doesn’t sound leftfield or challenging; instead it provides a scintillating snapshot of both the state of the art and the untold history of underground black music for the past 30 years. [Aug 2017, p.65]
  4. Jul 6, 2017
    85
    This is a very different record from Summertime ’06, both thematically and sonically, but it’s no less incisive, challenging, or flat-out excellent.
  5. Jul 10, 2017
    80
    By weaponising his introspection and pushing his impeccably high standards outwards, Vince Staples delivers an incredible State of the Union address on rap today.
  6. Jun 26, 2017
    80
    The Big Fish Theory is a powerful and troubling record. It’s an epic in miniature that shows a natural progression from Staples’s previous work.
  7. Jun 23, 2017
    70
    Sure, it's less focused than the reportage of 2015's Summertime '06, but the varying emotions and outlooks mark a full step forward into becoming a multi-layered, genre-crossing, emotion-spilling pop auteur in the vein of West, Drake or Childish Gambino.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 30
  2. Negative: 2 out of 30
  1. Aug 31, 2020
    10
    The electronic/dance theme of the Album really goes well with Vince Staples' mesmerizing Lyricism.
  2. Jun 23, 2017
    10
    Vince Staples. The Rap Enigma. Vince's flow on this project is silky and smooth, while the production is experimental and hard-hitting. TheseVince Staples. The Rap Enigma. Vince's flow on this project is silky and smooth, while the production is experimental and hard-hitting. These tracks are abrasive and dystopian, while being supported by a brilliant feature list, which is a bonus. His lyrical ability is more seasoned and deep than ever. Definitely one of the best and most captivating listens of 2017. Can't wait to hear more from Vince in the future. Expand
  3. Jul 14, 2017
    9
    Vince Staples has one of the most promising careers in hip-hop nowadays, his style is fresh and yet aggressive but it's genius, one of thoseVince Staples has one of the most promising careers in hip-hop nowadays, his style is fresh and yet aggressive but it's genius, one of those artists who people should be rooting for. Personal favorite track "Samo" Expand
  4. Jun 26, 2017
    9
    This Vince Staples album is fire. This album is an experience, which many albums fail to be. The instrumentals on the album seem weird atThis Vince Staples album is fire. This album is an experience, which many albums fail to be. The instrumentals on the album seem weird at first but the further you get the more you understand them. Overall this album is extremely good, probably around a 9.2 Expand
  5. Oct 1, 2020
    8
    i always wanted to give vince staples a listen and it certainly did not disappoint. a very good album overall - a few skips but some bigi always wanted to give vince staples a listen and it certainly did not disappoint. a very good album overall - a few skips but some big bops!!!

    it’s a versatile album. we can find SOPHIE produced jewels between some more traditional r&b sounds.

    fav song: BagBak
    least fav: rain come down
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  6. Jul 4, 2017
    7
    I love Vince Staples and that is why I must be constructive when listening to his new music. I love the energy and pace of this album (withI love Vince Staples and that is why I must be constructive when listening to his new music. I love the energy and pace of this album (with the exception of a few tracks). However, because this style is new to Vince, I believe he can work on it a bit more. Many tracks, while entertaining, seemed a bit unfocused and rushed. For the most part Vince's lyrics are great, and that's one of the keys to his success because he can spit for an eternity. However, there seemed to be a fair amount of recycled lyrics throughout this project.

    I respect the new energy and the new creative direction from Vince. With a bit more focus and stylistic tuning, Vince could have had one of the best hip-hop albums of 2017 thus far.
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  7. Jun 28, 2017
    0
    This is a very mixed bag of an album, plain and simple. My main gripes with the album is that at some points the beats, while often veryThis is a very mixed bag of an album, plain and simple. My main gripes with the album is that at some points the beats, while often very catchy and experimental, the beats themselves can often be almost overproduced. The way the beats can change every seconds is interesting and cool, but this often outshines the rappers and can almost be a diversion from what is supposed to be a main event. My other gripe is that Vince's main messages are nothing new, with it criticizing those who believe they are too big for those around them, which is a tired subject that is often talk about by underground or "backpack" rap. Despite these negatives though, I think that this is a very good album. Vince and most of his guests bring energy and great flows, with their lyrics not being amazing but par for the course, which is made up for by the energy brought by the beat and the rappers. While this is a good project, there are obvious flaws to me that make this a very solid project but not the next current classic, but I will admit that Vince has great amounts of potential, and could probably go toe to toe with even his greatest contemporaries with new and more nuanced ideas and lyrics, assuming he progresses on his next album. Expand

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