I just shared the Señorita video, but realized that everyone needs a chance to listen to the whole brilliant album. So here’s a Spotify full album stream of Summertime ’06. It’s not just one of the best hip-hop albums of the year; it’s one of the best releases of any genre.
Vince Staples impressed me last year with his brief but fiery Hell Can Wait EP, but in no way prepared me for the brilliance on display with this two-disc (but only 1 hour) debut album. Nothing really can. It’s brazen, intelligent hip-hop with a hard swing and a deep heart. It’s surprising, exciting, dangerous; it’s some of the most fun listening I’ve had all year.
I’ll let it speak for itself. Here’s the full album stream:
Staples is only 22 years old, screaming with potential. I can’t imagine what comes next; I’m still trying to read the magic behind this release. This is an unbelievable combination of hard edged swagger and thoughtful lyricism that rarely comes together so perfectly across an entire album. I hope you get a little spellbound, too.
For fans of: Kendrick Lamar, Clams Casino, Earl Sweatshirt, The Underachievers, other weird rap.