Vince Staples – Hell Can Wait Review

Before the release of his much critically acclaimed debut album ‘Summertime 06‘, Vince released the brutal and unforgiving EP, ‘Hell Can Wait‘.

Containing only 7 tracks, the EP is short but in the small amount of time that it plays, there’s not a track that shows off the dynamic rappers skills as a lyricist and a gritty storyteller.

The opening track “Fire“, which indeed it is, produced by Anthony Kilhoffer, J Gramm and Travis Scott, includes smashing drum symbols and a Rock inspired bass line that sounds like something off of DeftonesWhite Pony‘ LP.

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The second track, “65 Hunnid” supported by a post-apocalyptic, Nu-Jazz instrumental is a definite standout. Staples details the gangbanging lifestyle he grew up around and the reality of being a part of a destructive social group.

The fourth track, “Hands Up” is a ferocious single depicting the forever rising statistics of American police doing racial profiling on POC and how that the colour of their skin “is enough to put you under arrest”.

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The final track on the EP, “Feelin’ the Love” is one of Vince’s best solo tracks to date as well as the best song on the tape. A distorted bass, lo-fi drums and summer-esque synths on the chorus support Vince’s cool yet fearless tone on the track.

Overall, Vince shows off his creativity on the album as well as being a contender for another rapper today overlooked by more commercialised artists, such as Young Thug, Migos and Drake.

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