This is an interview with the rapper Vince Staples who not only writes strikingly personal, self-observing lyrics but also tends to answer questions in the form of long winded rants of that same nature. They make for a thrilling listen and contain fascinating insights about the world in which Vince’s songs (and most rap songs for that matter) are set in, even if they sometimes have little to do with the actual questions being asked.
There is also a moment in this where he admits that his music is not yet up to his own standards, which is not only disarmingly honest (and therefore classic Vince Staples) but also exciting. His tape from earlier this year showcased a very distinct delivery and a lot of that detailed storytelling he is so good at, but he seems to have outgrown the emotionaly narrow lo-fi-production that dominated it and with it the favouring of just straight rapping over more advanced songwriting. Now, if he keeps working on his shortcomings - like he said he’s set out to - this could get very, very interesting.
"It’s kind of like storytelling s & m - sort of an alternate world in which Martin’s punches land, and they land hard enough that we feel them, but not so hard that we have to use our safe word. Once we heal, we might want to come back for another session."
Come for Freddie Stone introducing the rest of the Family, circa like 1972 or something(?), post-Larry Graham and Greg Errico. Stay for a totally amazing version of If You Want Me To Stay, then stay more for a crazy sad/lonely version of Stand.
misspryss said: Jordan, just wanted to tell you that the joke you made on JJGo about the IKEA phone tree saying "For Bjorn, press Fjorn" made me laugh so hard I almost drove off the Palisades Parkway and into a ditch.
"Of all the things that defenders the name have said, there’s nothing to touch the effrontery of [Redskins attorney] Raskopf’s assertion “This is our word”—as if the team had the power to pluck the word out of history, both theirs and its own, and oblige everyone, Indians included, to honor their meaning of the word."