This is an enjoyable release, but Vince Staples is not in the forefront as much as audiences might hope. The tracks can be beat heavy, making it harder to enjoy the rhymes within.
The production is great with a lot of dark energy running through the project. Each backing is strong and could easily stand on its own, which makes rapping over it very challenging. Something with less bass and with less overpowering noises could help show the artist in a better light.
The lyricism is good when it can be heard and does show that Staples has more than a little talent. His bars are well constructed and his wordplay has a great level of descriptive power. He needs to be a bit more powerful on his delivery to overpower the production to have more impact on the listener.
Overall, with no features to compete against or to pump up any songs, this is an entertaining release, but can seem lacking in depth. it was a good choice to keep it relatively short to keep a certain level of replay ability.
This project has some great tracks on it, with some very confusing interludes tagged onto the ends that don’t seem to tie in anywhere. Vince Staples does a great job rapping, but doesn’t quite pull the project together.
The production is interesting with no beats that are overpowering, and with a lot of scope for content. Each backing has an atmosphere that mirrors the message while striking the delicate balance of noticeable but not centre stage. Maybe some more club beats would show Vince in a different environment but he works well on these songs.
The lyricism is clever and is the best part of this project. Vince Staples uses great wordplay and story telling ability to make songs that strike the listener and get caught in thier head for a while after. Maybe an attempt or two for a few more flow changes could add a touch more diversity to this project, however Staples still does an amazing job on these tracks.
Overall, this is an enjoyable project with good songs, which the features help to make great, but is marred by the strange interludes. Vince Staples should learn from the reception of this and carry that knowledge into his future work.
This album is great as the production does enough for the lyrics to shine through as the focal point. Vince Staples has put together an album that truly showcases his talents instead of being beat heavy as so many projects are.
The production is excellent and works well with Vince Staple’s ability. While some may critiscise it for not having enough in it to make it interesting, it’s simplistic and yet effective to help Vince Staples become famous for being Vince Staples. A couple of beats with more modern taste with more instruments used could help attract a younger audiance, but the selection here is exactly what the project needed.
The lyricism is good and really helps to show the imagery that Vince Staples is so good at. His flow and kaidance are another asset to this album and help make this a great album. Maybe a couple of instances of more complicated lyrical techniques could help bring in a bigger audiance, however Vince does a great job showcasing his talent.
The features all do a good job of diversifying the project. They all bring good efforts and break up the effots of only hearing one voice. A couple of singing features would eliminate autotune from this album, however the choices for the guests have a lot of chemistry and make good tracks.
Overall, this is a good album that relies on Vince to make it great. He comes through and this is highly enjoyable for any listener.