“I love Donald Trump and Michael Jordan. They’re some of my favorite people”
In this video, Staples explains himself in his own words, giving context to some of his funniest, most controversial, and most incisive comments about music, politics, and Michael Jordan.
Vince Staples’s Twitter bio has been the same Lil B quote for a while. “I get mad cause the world don’t understand me. That’s the price I had to pay for this rap game,” it reads, its mission statement borrowed from the opening few seconds of the Oakland rapper’s “Blue Flame (Remix).” In his interview with Fader, he reveals that he has a new six-song EP on the way, titled Prima Donna. Expected to drop in the summer, this would be Vince’s follow up to his Def Jam debut Summertime ’06 last year.
Staples has emerged as one of contemporary rap’s most compelling storytellers, spinning an adolescence spent in service of Long Beach’s 2N Crips into several hard-rattling mixtapes and an official Def Jam debut. But the 22-year-old has also spent the past couple of years moonlighting as a populist public intellectual, using social media to dispense knowledge and roast followers on subjects as varied as sports, early aughts rap, and barbershop politics. Read his interview with Fader here