Vince Staples has been on the radar of many every since his stand-out feature on Earl Sweatshirt’s ‘epaR’, off Earl’s critically acclaimed self-titled mixtape. Lately many have started to take notice of the young rapper’s skills, including none other than Common who recruited Staples for his latest single ‘Kingdom’. Common not only recruited Staples for a feature, but spoke high praise of the MC and described him as a “testament to the diversity of hip-hop.” And while you may know Vince originally from his associations with Odd Future, he has certainly hit the ground running in the past couple of years. From recruiting production and features on his last two mixtapes from Mac Miller, SchoolBoy Q, Ab-Soul, Earl Sweatshirt, Jhene Aiko, and No-Id up to his most latest work with Common, Vince has released his shortest yet most concrete and quality project yet, his Hell Can Wait EP on Def Jam Records.
BY TER STAFF
After teaming up at Chicago’s first annual AAHH! Fest to perform the song live, the remix for Common’s ‘Kingdom’ featuring Vince Staples and Roc Nation’s Jay Electronic has surfaced.
BY DAN GARCIA
Yesterday the first (“but not last”) AAHH Fest! was held in Chicago’s Union Park. The hip-hop festival, pun intended, was certainly a breath of fresh air to showcase Chicago’s role in rap and hip-hop, and much more. Thanks to Chicago’s own, rapper Common, and in partnership with Donda’s House the Common Ground Foundation and the Lupe Fiasco Foundation, concert goers saw performances by Common, Lupe Fiasco, Twista, Jay Electronica, Jennifer Hudson, De La Soul, MC Lyte, many local performers who performed in the event’s early show, and a number of surprises performances from SZA, Lil Mama, Vince Staples, and of course Mr. Kanye West.
BY WILL LAMPLEY
Hip-Hop is a young man’s game, but as the pioneers of Gangsta Rap have became film stars and headphone moguls, the subgenre faded off into the distance, making way for the shiny suit era (post-Biggie Bad Boy), middle class rap (Kanye West, Childish Gambino), and emotional rap (Drake, Lil B).
BY TER STAFF
In a tweet earlier this weekend, producer No. I.D. revealed the features for Common’s upcoming album “Nobody’s Smiling”, executive produced by No I.D. and due out July 22.