ARTIST PROFILE

Vince Staples

Name: Vincent Jamal "Vince" Staples

Birthday: July 2, 1993

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Vincent Jamal “Vince” Staples was born on July 2, 1993, in the Ramona Park neighborhood in Long Beach, California. He is part of the hip hop trio Cutthroat Boyz alongside fellow Californian rappers A$ton Matthews and Joey Fatts.

Staples was discovered by Dijon “LaVish” Samo, and Chuck Wun, alongside with his cousin Campbell Emerson. LaVish took Staples to the trip to Los Angeles, California, where he befriended the Odd Future’s collective members Syd tha Kyd, Mike G, and Earl Sweatshirt. Although he had not intended to be a rapper, he made some guest appearances on their songs, most notably “epaR” that was taken from Earl Sweatshirt’s self-titled debut album. After him featuring some other tracks, he has decided to pursue a career in rap, when he released his official debut mixtape, called Shyne Coldchain Vol. 1 on December 30, 2011, via applebird.com. In October 2012, he released a mixtape, titled Winter In Prague, which was produced entirely by Michael Uzowuru.

In 2012, Vince reconnected with Earl Sweatshirt, when he returned from Samoa and was introduced by him to a fellow American rapper Mac Miller, who later produced his mixtape Stolen Youth (2013) under the alias Larry Fisherman. The mixtape features guest appearances from Mac Miller, Ab-Soul, Schoolboy Q, Da$H, Hardo, and Staples’ Cutthroat Boyz co-member, Joey Fatts.

Following Stolen Youths release, he toured as a supporting act on Mac Miller’s The Space Migration Tour. After making three appearances on Earl Sweatshirt’s debut studio album Doris, including the single “Hive”, the liner notes revealed Staples had recently signed to the hip hop record label Def Jam Recordings.

On March 13, 2014, he released his fourth mixtape, called Shyne Coldchain Vol. 2. The mixtape features the production from Earl Sweatshirt, Michael Uzowuru, Childish Major, No ID, Evidence, DJ Babu, and Scoop DeVille; as well as guest appearances from singer-songwriters Jhené Aiko and James Fauntleroy.

On March 2, 2014, Staples began touring in the United States with a fellow American rappers Schoolboy Q and Isaiah Rashad on the Oxymoron World Tour, to support the release of Schoolboy Q’s album Oxymoron.

On August 15, 2014, Staples released a music video for “Blue Suede”.  On September 9, 2014, Vince released another new song titled “Hands Up” via iTunes. He released the EP Hell Can Wait on October 7, 2014. Prior to the EP’s release Staples’ revealed during an interview with XXL Magazine that it would include guest appearances from A$ton Matthews and Teyana Taylor, along with productions from No I.D., Infamous, and Hagler.

On May 4, 2015, Staples released as the first single from his debut album, called “Señorita”. He later announced it that his debut album would be titled Summertime ’06, which was released on June 30, 2015. On June 15, Staples released the second single from his debut album, “Get Paid” featuring Desi Mo. On June 22, he released the album’s third and final single, “Norf Norf”.[18]

On February 23, 2016, Staples was announced as part of the line up for the 2016 Osheaga Music Festival. On August 25, 2016, Staples released the seven-track EP Prima Donna, featuring guest appearances from A$AP Rocky and Kilo Kish; as well as it accompanied by a short film.

On January 31, 2017, he announced a single, called Bagbak would be released on February 3, 2017. On March 23, 2017, he was featured on the Gorillaz track, called “Ascension” from their album, Humanz. In an interview on Zane Lowe’s show Beats 1, he announced his upcoming album would be called Big Fish Theory and released an accompanying single, “Big Fish”.[22][23] Staples announced that Big Fish Theory will be released on June 23, 2017.

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