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.
If you were looking to catch Vince Staples on tour soon, you are in luck. The Long Beach emcee is scheduled to take over the country between February to April in 2019 with his Smile, You’re on Camera Tour. The tour will also bring Buddy and JPEGMAFIA to cities across the nation. The tour will be in support of his latest album, FM!, which dropped back in November.
The Smile, You’re on Camera Tour will hit all the major hubs like Atlanta, Chicago, New York City, Philadelphia and wrap up in his home state of Califonia. The tickets are on sale this Friday.
Two days after the confirmation of rap star Mac Miller’s untimely death was from an apparent drug overdose, Vince Staples has paid tribute to Mac Miller, saying, “The good ones always die.”
Miller was found dead at his San Fernando Valley home on September 7. Earlier this week, his cause of death was confirmed to be from “mixed drug toxicity”, with fentanyl, cocaine, and alcohol present in his system.
In an interview on Real 92.3’s Big Boy’s Neighborhood, Staples was asked whether there had been any signs that Miller might suffer an overdose. “He was trying,” he replied.
“All you can ask for is for somebody to try. You can’t always win, you know? Nah, I never seen him dying. He was too happy. But to be honest, the good ones always die. So it makes sense in retrospect, but I was never worried about him.”
Earlier this week Vince Staples came out of left field to announce he had a new untitled project dropping today (Nov. 2) in a series of tweets that also included the album’s subject matter and legendary guest appearances.
Tyga’s considered a legend in California? Who knew?
Being a man of his word, today the Compton rapper came through with his newest LP, FM!
Coming in at 11 cuts deep, FM! features the likes of wesside artists like Jay Rock, Tyga, E-40, and Earl Sweatshirt amongst others with producers CuBeatz, Kenny Beats, KillaGraham, and Hagler helming the boards.
Check out Vince Staples follow-up to The Big Fish Theory below and let us know if he got that work on this album or nah.
Remember when Vince Staples started a gofundme page for anyone that wanted to give him money to stop rapping? Looks like he had good reason to shut that page down as he’s taken to Twitter to announce that he’s got some new material on the way.
After months of radio silence from the Prima Donna rapper he suddenly announced that we’d get some new Vince Staples this week.
Needless to say, it sounds like Vince Staples got some sh*t to say on his upcoming project. While we don’t know what the upcoming album will be called, Vince did take to IG to announce that it would be dropping this Thursday at 9pm while sharing a throwback photo of himself in a D-boy pose.
Vince Staples just landed his first-ever lead role in the indie feature, Punk. It’s lit.
Back in 2015, we saw Staples flex his acting chops in a minor role for Dope, but now he’s taking the lead. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Long Beach rapper is all set to play Peter, “who, after receiving a disheartening rejection letter, takes off on a road trip with a group of free spirits.”
Unfortunately for Peter, his new acquaintances are actually a band of bank robbers, “headed by a modern-day Robin Hood who is also on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list.”Punk was written by Richard Hughes, who will also direct. Brian Kavanaugh-Jones will produce, along with Braden Aftergood, THR reports.