Long Beach native Vince Staples is currently having the ride of his life. The 23-year-old Def Jam Recordings artist has embraced his reputation as a “regular” rapper and never relied on flashy cars, glitz or glam to woo his fans. He spits nothing but solid, real life raps. After collaborating with members of Odd Future and working with Mac Miller on his Stolen Youth mixtape, he dropped his debut EP Hell Can Waitin 2014. It was his 2015 debut album, Summertime ’06, however, that really put the young spitter on the map. With tracks like “Norf Norf” and “Surf” (both produced by notable beatsmith Clams Casino), the 20-track project showcased his penchant for simple, bass heavy beats, a sound that cRead more
Young burgeoning rapper and outspoken activist Ric Wilson is presumably on top of the world right now. He just released his new EP,Negrow Disco, earlier this week and recently dropped the song “Hang Loose” featuring an intro from Chuck D. Comprised of four tracks, Negrow Disco is dubbed as a tribute to the legends of dance music, a concept that was sparked by a conversation with an elder at a barbershop. Elements of house, hip-hop, and modern pop all blend into one cohesive fabric, delivering Wilson’s signature sound. The Chicago native had a few moments to talk about growing up on the Southside, the most important message he wants to get across in his music and the first time he met the Public Enemy frontman.