Vince Staples has been a cultural commentator for as long as he has been a rapper. It comes out during interviews, on stage, through social media and most obviously, through his telling lyrics.
Unsurprisingly, he has cultivated a community around him of equally nuanced supporters and detractors.
In anticipation for The Life Aquatic Tour stop at First Avenue on Thursday, we’ve rounded up some of the best YouTube comments on his music videos and interviews to see what the people have to say about Vince for a change.
This is a typical Vince interview filled with his sarcastic humor. Throughout the 25-minute talk, Ebro uncomfortably pressures him to feel more excited about his upcoming projects. This comment alone speaks to the value of Vince’s clever responses and opinions.
This video is a part of a series by GQ, where Vince was invited to review everything under the sun, from healthy snacks to olympic events. This particular comment comes from his review of “new, non-racist” emojis. Most of the comments talk about how the video doesn’t really tackle race, however the top post about Vince’s posture hit home for over 400 people.
If you haven’t seen it, the “Lift Me Up” video involves a Converse-wearing, levitating Staples. GearedTowardGear took it to the comment section to express his rage about how the video is actually “FAKE!!!”
This ultra-popular song from Staples discusses Long Beach, gang violence and police. Over a year after it was released, it became even more popular when one mom recorded her disapproval of the track that has been played over 26 million times on Spotify. Maybe that worried mom was onto something, because judging by the comments the upbeat, rebellious track has seemed to really bring out the dark side in people.
This comment is so specific, yet so vague at the same time. With a bit of research, Job Stevens’ theory is proven to be scarily accurate. If you skip ahead to the to the two-minute and 29-second mark of the video below, you can hear the few seconds of “Goofy Goober Rock” that most likely influenced “Señorita.”
Vince Staples and Kilo Kash perform at First Avenue on Thursday, March 16 at 6 p.m. Tickets.