The Galleon - Portsmouth's Student Newspaper



Vince Staples: FM! review – A short, but sweet record that stays true to Staples’ Californian roots

The mini-album further cements Staples place as a captivating rising star in Hip-Hop whilst hinting at a larger, exciting project in the near future

Vince Staples is one of the most captivating figures in Hip-Hop at the moment. His recently released single “Get the F*** off my D***” showed he is undisturbed by all the criticism he receives and tells fans if they don’t like his music, then they can read the title to his single. Vince is known for his hard-hitting aggressive tone, and beats which are known to cause multiple casualties if played at a club or festival (trust me… I know!). Staples has now released the surprise short album FM!, with the promise of a longer project in the near future.

From his opening song ‘Feels like summer’, Vince resonates with his sounds from previous albums such as Summertime ‘O6 and Big Fish Theory. Vince recalls his time in his hometown, enjoying life and not having a care in the world. Ty Dolla $ign features on this track, providing a smooth chorus to compliment Staples’ verses. If the opening song of the album is anything to go by, the album is sure to be an instant classic. Throughout the album, there are mini skits featuring a radio show based in L.A., which is known to be heavily affiliated with the Hip-Hop scene. It provides a nice flow through the album, breaking up the tracks nicely. The interludes are both titled after the Hip-Hop artists ‘Tyga’ and ‘Earl Sweatshirt’, which feature those artists and give the album a real radio show feel.

Vince portrayed his album as if it was a radio show, but in classic Vince style. The radio aspect adds some comic relief to the album. Adding a radio segment or call is seen very often in Hip-Hop and has been incorporated by artists as diverse as Drake, Travis Scott, and Eminem. Vince’s style is more melodic in this album, as the beats are more mellow and subtle in their production. Vince’s album is short and sweet and almost acts as an opening for something bigger to come. Knowing Vince, he will probably tease his fans to the point of frustration then release a great album.

Vince Staples is one of Hip-Hop’s hidden gems much like Mick Jenkins, Joey Bada$$, Flatbush Zombies and Earl Sweatshirt. Their style of rap is very different to the mainstream style of Drake, or the autotuned Migos. Instead their rap is more mellow and relaxed. These artists want their audience to feel and hear the words they speak. These are definitely artists which you need to check out if you’re a fan of Hip-Hop.

To conclude, Vince Staples’ FM! is another classic to add to the collection. Its radio style track list grips the listener, and keeps you on edge throughout the entire eight-track album (minus the three skits). This is not all that Vince has to offer; there is definitely more on the way as the last track doesn’t feel like an outro. More like the start to a brand-new project. Following FM!, Vince Staples deserves to be up there with the mainstream right now, but I doubt he will be overlooked after the next project he releases.

Comments are closed.