( ENSPIRE Entertainment ) Vince Staples Gives Us Pure Realistic Vocals with “ARE YOU WITH THAT?”
ENSPIRE Contributor: LaShonda Thompson
Feature Photo Credit: Zamar Velez
Vince Staples’ official music video for “ARE YOU WITH THAT?” off his new self-titled album is out now via Blacksmith Recordings / Motown Records. The single truly detail hood reality. “ARE YOU WITH THAT?” is the second video Staples has shared from the project, following “LAW OF AVERAGES,” which he debuted ahead of the album’s release.
Of the new Kenny Beats-produced LP, Staples says, “This project really gives much more information about me that wasn’t out there before. That’s why I went with that title. I feel like I’ve been trying to tell the same story. As you go on in life, your point of view changes. This is another take on myself that I might not have had before.”
Throughout the 10-track album, Staples ropes in recordings of intimate chats with loved ones for poignant interludes that provide insight into who he is. For example, “THE APPLE & THE TREE” features his mother recalling moments she let anger push her into a situation; hindsight now tells her succumbing to anger did nothing to serve her.
Elsewhere on the LP, we discover that Staples deals with the anxiety of not deciphering friend from foe when he cruises through the streets of his childhood. Moreover, the tug of war between the music star life and staying planted in the soil he bloomed from doesn’t seem to gnaw at him as it does with others as fortunate as he. The acclaimed rapper’s most recent release is merely the beginning of a busy 2021 for him. He’s now working on several creative projects, with further details to be released later this year.
“I’m a mind more than I am an entertainer to a lot of people,” Staples says, adding, “I appreciate that my fanbase is willing to go on this ride with me. I’m ready to diversify what we’re doing and see how we affect the world.”
For more information on Vince Staples, check out his website and social media sites.