Beginning late February in San Diego and ending April in Dallas, Vince Staples' The Life Aquatic Tour is set to hit over 30 dates all over the United States and Canada.
On top of this, Staples is also teasing a goodie bag of a VIP package, one that fans of the artists should definitely want to capitalize on. Apparently anyone who gets a VIP Package for their corresponding date and concert will receive "1 Special Item," to be mailed to them after the concert. The special item in question? A CD featuring Staples' new full-length album, a follow-up to his last album released in 2015, Summertime '06.
Having released the EP Prima Donna last year, accompanied with its own short film critiquing the mainstream rap industry while paying homage to Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, shown below, Staples has been the every-once-in-a-while hot boy of the rap game so far. Though not exactly prolific like some other rappers (Migos and Future, the feature creatures, I'm looking at you), Vince is the type of rapper who, whenever he steps up to the mic, he steps correct. And even when he does feature, a lot of the time his verses enter into Eminem and Jay-Z "Renegade" territory where the featured artist might just outshine the actual artist.
Coming up from Long Beach, California, Staples was one of the artists who blew up alongside Odd Future but not necessarily with Odd Future. While the two camps are associated, they've taken careful steps to show that they're not going for the same thing either. So what was Vince Staples' connection to OFWGKTA? The then-16 year old rap wunderkind "who puts the ass in assassin," Earl Sweatshirt featured Staples the most out of the rest of Odd Future. See below for an example of a prime feature verse by Vince, his feature on Earl's song "Wool." The last song on Earl Sweatshirt's album I Don't Like S**t, I Don't Go Outside, Staples' goes in hard with lines like "Wessons makin' Mexicans wetbacks, like ora-le!" Confession time? I've never heard Earl's actual verse on this song all the way through. I usually rewind, just to hear Vince start off with that awesome, "Yeah, yeah, yeah..." That's how much I'm convinced Vince Staples might be one of the best GOAT feature artists. Fight me (in the comments, of course!)