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  • Summary: The fourth full-length studio release for the Southern California rapper was produced by Kenny Beats and features a guest appearance from Fousheé.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
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  1. 100
    Staples called this his most personal record yet. Perhaps it’s this new vulnerability that makes the album so great. Or maybe it’s the whip-smart one-liners. Or the vivid storytelling. Staples will say this latest triumph is just a dude doing some different things.
  2. Jul 8, 2021
    90
    It’s not easy to write an album about yourself without seeming egotistical, and it’s also not easy to write one which touches on themes of gang violence and poverty without falling into braggadocio or morbidity. On this album, Vince Staples has pulled off both. It may be a short album, but it’s an incredibly deep one.
  3. Jul 9, 2021
    83
    Vince Staples is certainly not an easy album to tap into, nor a particularly fun one, but for those interested in a piece of art in which the barrier between the creator and onlooker is veritably nonexistent, to the point of shared claustrophobia, look no further. ... Staples’ scars have never been more visible: he’s practically put them on display for the world at large. If that’s not bravery, I don’t know what is.
  4. He expertly delivers gang stories with such authenticity that no wonder he’s still loved in his hometown. With ‘Vince Staples’ Kenny Beats has helped Long Beach’s finest release another spectacular record – even if it’s a slow-burn.
  5. Jul 13, 2021
    80
    Vince Staples is the rapper's most personal and emotionally resonant project yet, and the choice to opt for a stripped-back approach complements the content greatly. Vince's blunt and bleak observations on life, death, humanity, gang culture, paranoia and trauma fit perfectly with the sparse and skeletal soundscape of this LP. It feels like every instrumental here was crafted to give his words the room they need to have the impact they're meant to.
  6. Jul 9, 2021
    80
    Vince Staples is a worthy continuation of his oeuvre, and proof if it were needed that his paradox of youthful energy and world-weary cynicism remains as captivating as ever.
  7. Jul 20, 2021
    67
    Vince Staples is introspective without being isolating, thoughtful without being boring, and innovative without being pretentious.

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  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
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  1. Oct 29, 2021
    10
    My favourite album of 2021 - thought it was slightly too minimalist at first but after the second listen really began to discover how wellMy favourite album of 2021 - thought it was slightly too minimalist at first but after the second listen really began to discover how well some of the tracks were produced. Incredible flow as always from Vince Staples and some really tough content covered whilst managing to maintain the smooth sound. Also is a perfect album length for a project like this.

    Favourite tracks: "ARE YOU WITH THAT?", "SUNDOWN TOWN", "LAW OF AVERAGES", "TAKE ME HOME" and "THE SHINING"
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  2. Jul 9, 2021
    9
    Sounds great on first spin — Vince’s flow works perfect with a minimal backing track! LOVE IT!!
  3. Jul 17, 2021
    9
    Kenny Beats and Vince Staples run riot on this cinematic experience. Vince’s pen game has not slowed down since his last release.
  4. Jul 11, 2021
    8
    There is some genuine in simplicity in this album, kenny beat and vince Staples are perfectly matching, it’s sharp and good
  5. Sep 3, 2021
    8
    I love Vince's pervious work, but I never have a problem with artists going in a new direction. I love hearing Vince in such a laid back,I love Vince's pervious work, but I never have a problem with artists going in a new direction. I love hearing Vince in such a laid back, conversational style. Expand
  6. Sep 28, 2021
    7
    Amusing as far as the beat. California is felt on this album. I think 22 minutes is enough.

    fav tracks: "TAKE ME HOME", "ARE YOU WITH
    Amusing as far as the beat. California is felt on this album. I think 22 minutes is enough.

    fav tracks: "TAKE ME HOME", "ARE YOU WITH THAT?", "LIL FADE", "THE SHINING" & "SUNDOWN TOWN"
    KEY-TRACK: "LAW OF AVERAGES"
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  7. Dec 19, 2021
    4
    This album just flew over my head like nothing. Mediocore, basic, SoundCloud-TikTok sounding under-produced music with weak vocal delivery.This album just flew over my head like nothing. Mediocore, basic, SoundCloud-TikTok sounding under-produced music with weak vocal delivery. Not memorable and nothing new. Expand

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