Hip-Hop and gaming go hand in hand, that’s why Amazon Music’s Versus series featuring Vince Staples and Bas makes perfect sense.
Tuesday (Nov.5) Staples will challenge Dreamville rapper Bas in a friendly but competitive game of NBA 2K20. Fans of each artist can watch it all go down on the popular streaming network at 4pm EST Twitch. The stream will be hosted by the very well-known Twitch streamer and gaming personality JERICHO, who will also conduct an interview with Staples during the matchup.
While going head to head with Bas, Staples will also be playing music fro Amazon Music subscribers via the Amazon Music Twitch extension during the broadcast, including his latest release “Sheet Music.” The outspoken rapper also just recently dropped the second episode of his comedy series The Vince Staples Show.
Vince Staples is proving once again he is more than a rapper. His online sitcom is getting funnier by the installment.
As spotted on Hip Hop N Morethe California native has just shared the second episode to The Vince Staples Show. Titled “Sheet Music” finds the “Norf Norf” MC ducking his girlfriend after she sees him asleep on the bed of a Instagram vixen. She quickly rushes over to his place and he escapes out a window James Bond style.
Staples escapes to none other than Ray J’s mansion where a play on his infamous moving hat meme ensues. The six minute clip ends with his new track of the same name. You watch this episode in full below.
Besides a back and forth Twitter spat with Azealia Banks, Vince Staples has been relatively quiet. However, it’s been announced that the Long Beach rapper is now signed to Motown Records, and he’s dropping new music soon.
For most of his career, the “Norf Nor” rapper was signed to Def Jam via Blacksmith Recordings.
Billboard reports that at Capitol Music Group’s annual meeting it was revealed that Blacksmith Recordings (owned by artist manager Corey Smyth) has moved over to the Capitol Music Group and Motown Records.
“Today, more than ever, artists are evolving their professional identities in multi-faceted ways,” said Smyth in a statement. “My mission through Blacksmith Recordings is to nurture young and new talent from the ground up and enable them to expand their vision of success. We are looking at the big picture, thinking about how a musician evolves across genres, what success looks like in the first year and a decade later and what happens after the first album, the second and the third. Our goal is to reinforce career longevity and boundless potential in the artists we represent, while growing global brands around them.”
Besides Staples, other acts on Blacksmith include Kilo Kish, Ted When and Benn Good. Smith reportedly is prepping to drop new music in the fourth quarter.
Azealia Bankshas all the rapping talent in the free world and it can’t be denied. However, she’ll go down in infamy as an artist who can’t seem to get out of her own way as evidenced by a weird online beef with Vince Staples that went nowhere fast.
This “beef” has a lot of moving parts so we’re going to go slow. It all started with Banks mentioning Staples in what seemed to be a random thought as she was embroiled in a battle with the LGBTQ community over abortion rights.
“Ugh I want my life to change . I would much rather be in a date with Vince Staples then arguing with gays about anything,” Banks tweeted on Thursday (May 9).
She added in another tweet, “But okay frfr … When are the gays gonna hook me up with Vince Staples what is the tea.”
This led to a rather long exchange between the pair which we’ve listed below. What’s funny about the whole thing is Staples is clearly down to work with Banks but she seems hellbent on making an issue where this wasn’t one.
What say you, readers? Is Azealia Banks taking the right stance on this? Was Vince Staples out of line? Sound off in the comments.
He unliked it lol. This is why I low-key pay niggas no mind . They are not ready for this level of genius
Nah he's done this a few times. Lol . Time to stop mentioning me . @vincestaples I don't need you to defend me nor do you need to throw my name out there when you need to virtue signal about how righteous of a brother you are then dip when I ask to collab. Leave it alone sweety. https://t.co/ywfSGaiCg6
Like where is the real respect for my artistry lol I sent this nigga a track too. If you aren't tryna eat my ass or rap on my record Pleaaaaaaaase keep my name out of your mouth for ffs. I dont have the timeeeee. And I don't need to be defended. And stop knocking off my sound
I was trying to engage you in a music convo and slowly show you what I was up to. I didn't give a fuck what you thought about my track it was my way of engaging you in what I was doing at the very moment . Ffs https://t.co/0DJDOdnP9r
They don’t say “never meet your heroes” for nothing. Earl Sweatshirt reminded a fan of this when he shut down their attempt to record him without his permission.
In a now-deleted tweet, a group of dudes walking around New Orleans French Quarter spotted Sweatshirt wandering around near them and when they attempted to capture him on video he immediately shut them down by laying the smacketh down on their phone. The fan in questioned captioned the video with “When you want a pic with one of your favorite rappers since day 1 and he’s a dick.”
Vince Staples is one of the game’s most underrated rappers and while many people continue to sleep on his music, maybe they’ll appreciate what he has to offer in the form of his new animated TV series.
Beginning on April 7, the LBC MC will be starring in and executive producing a new show on Cartoon Network’s [adult swim] block, Lazor Wulf.
Judging by the title you’d be right to guess that the cartoon stars Staple as a wolf with a laser on his back, but what you might not have guessed is that the show will also feature the WWE’s Ettore “Big E” Ewen and DRAM as, well, we’re not too sure. The first trailer to the upcoming series doesn’t offer much info on what it’ll be about other than it’ll feature people, talking animals, and a moody God.
Check out the first trailer for Lazor Wulf below and let us know if it’s something you’ll be checking for come April 7.
Yes, he does mean Anthony Bourdain, but if we have to explain why he spelled it with a C, it’s not meant for you to understand anyway. Anyway, Staples had some folk to thank, including his mom, after reaching this milestone.
I ain’t been this excited since my dad put rims on the Maxima right after we beat the Mission Viejo Cowboys. Stay out the system Black people! Thank you’s to Meek Mill my Mama and the Crips for the motivation to escape.
Shoutout Aja Mann for squabbling up this charge for the last few years you my Johnny Cochran I love you shoutout to the Compton Sherrif who made me & the homie play Rock Paper Scissors to see who was gon take the case I love you 2 even though you illegally searched and seized.
What initially began as an argument between two rappers, Long Beach’s own Vince Staples and New Orleans spitter Reggi Bang Bang, each fiercely loyal to their respective regional teams, is shaping up to be a collaboration between the pair. It all started Sunday when the NFC Championship game came to an end.
It was while scrolling a local blog that Reggi Bang Bang saw a post about comments Staples had made about the Saints. He took to his Instagram Live to respond directly to Staples and to his surprise, got a request from Staples asking to join his live broadcast. Reggi Bang Bang says he told Staples he was banned from coming to New Orleans.
“I may not be a big figure, but the people who mess with me, really rock with me, so it was like — no he can’t come here,” Reggi Bang Bang explained to HipHopWired. The tide started to turn once the New Orleans rapper stopped focusing on Staples’ heated fans, who were riled up online and bringing more attention to the exchange, and instead began to hear Staples out directly.
“Cooler heads started to prevail when we started to talk on direct messages,” Reggi Bang Bang explained, saying at some point during their interaction Staples must have clicked the link in his IG bio. “My first reaction about him going to my video was that he wanted to insult me, when I realized he was being genuine and authentic, it changed the whole conversation.”
Somebody get a sit down with me and Reggie Bang Bang I would like to lift my ban from Louisiana and possibly get a feature. pic.twitter.com/Jm5SE6pNMf
Vince posted the video for Reggi Bang Bang’s song “#WHATaREALni**aBOUT” leading to an immediate increase in his views.
“He gave me the biggest co-sign of my career,” Reggi Bang Bang told HipHopWired. “He said I don’t want to talk about the beef, I want to talk about the video. I was like, ‘If you like it, post it!’ He was like ‘I already posted it.’ I looked at his Twitter and I was like ‘Oh sh**.’
Ironically, the pair managed to hammer out all their differences by the Martin Luther King holiday, with both posting about their unexpected alliance on social media. Vince currently only follows two people on Instagram (Reggi Bang Bang) and as a result of the online buzz, Shade 45 “Sway in the Morning” picked up “#WHATaREALni**aBOUT” as well.
I love when a nigga try to press you on the internet and you discover they music that goes crazy. My favorite part of the internet. #SupportBlackBusinesses
Vince Staples has only lived for a quarter of a century, but he’s already cemented his place as a cultural commentator along with his formidable musical contributions. Given that many artists of his generation rely heavily on alcohol and drugs to create and cope, Staples shared a perspective of living sober that was largely centered on survival.
GQ profiled a handful of musicians of varying eras and genres who have struggled with drug and alcohol usage and are currently living clean. One of the most prominent members of this grouping of artists was Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler, who said in the profile that he’s on his “fourth run” in getting clean. However, among the acts that were profiled for the piece, Staples was the one artist who has never indulged in drugs or drinking for reasons that were shaped by his tough Long Beach, Calif. upbringing.
“I am very sure that I’m gonna think different answers than Steven Tyler or anyone involved in this piece. I’ve lived a completely different life. What I’m saying is: The drug usage was the last thing on my mind. When you’re surrounded with death and dismay and poverty and all these things that happen every day, I didn’t have time to worry about using or partaking in certain things. People where I come from don’t use drugs in a recreational sense. We’re not at a party, or at the rock show, or at the rap show, doing lines in the bathroom. Where I come from, life comes day after day after day, and people use these things to cope. People use drugs as a coping mechanism, and I’ve always held that reality. Reality hurts, but so does addiction—it’s just which pain you choose.
Check out the entire GQ’s profile examining the clean lives of nine musicians, including rock veteran Steven Tyler, here.
GQ‘s The Music Issue features Frank Ocean gracing the cover and giving readers a rare inside look at his creative process.
As Vince Staples’ spotlight continues to grow so does his marketing appeal. He has linked with Converse and re-imagined one of their signature models.
The North Long Beach, California native has taken the much celebrated but often overlooked Thunderbolt running shoe and given it some modern day appeal. It stays true to its’ original trainer functionality but with a street wear flair.
Natural transparent colors and textures are juxtaposed with contrast stitching, high gloss/reflective accents through the silhouette. and a graphical language as a nod to modern Californian aesthetics. This graphic language is most prominent in the collection’s “RUN” graphic, branded via an ‘80s style font and 3D printed onto the heel of the sneaker. An additional set of black laces are also included.
The Vince Staples x Converse Thunderbolt Collection will also include apparel pieces such as a track jacket with matching pants and a crew-neck. The Thunderbolt is available starting today at select retailers and is priced at $100.00. You can view more pictures below.