Vince Staples – “Dopeman”

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One-time boy wonder Vince Staples is back with Summertime 06, and it’s threatening to beat out whatever Frank Ocean’s got on the burner for alt hip-hop album of the summer. Executive producer NO I.D. has updated the hollow, atonal percussive arrangements that made Pharrell famous in the early aughts with a swirling, formidably dark ambience and some heavy industrial twists; the result is an album as chilling as it is sonically forward-thinking, track after track after track. Narratively, Summertime ’06 is Staples’ ode to a debased youth in L.B.C., and its execution is so perfect we feel like we’ve got Good Kid m.A.A.d City’s evil twin on our hands. Listen to standout cut Dopeman,” featuring an addictive locomotive beat and gorgeous, heady vocals by Kilo Kish, below.

Emily Bannon

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