Summertime '06, which received effusive praise for its creative precision and cynical voice. Staples’s deft ability to twist up ambivalent subjects in banging tracks makes his live performances a special exercise in cognitive dissonance — who knew nihilism would ever make you want to dance? But that’s what makes his concerts one-of-a-kind and worth seeing.
If his latest single, “BagBak,” is any harbinger of music to come, Vince Staples’s upcoming Warehouse Live show will be a fever-pitched party laced with political rage. Lines like “The next Bill Gates can be on Section 8 up in the projects,” and “Ain’t no gentrifying us, we finna buy the whole town” land with suspicion rather than hope; lay those lyrics on top of a thrumming bass beat and frenetic synth claps, and you’ve got a song that’s stitched together with Staples’s signature irony. The new track builds on the legacy of social critique that emerged in his 2015 opus