Vince Staples Gets Soulful On “SUNDOWN TOWN”
Vince Staples takes a trip to “SUNDOWN TOWN.”
Vince’s eponymous album is appropriately a self-portrait of the world around him. On “SUNDOWN TOWN,” the rapper returns to his stomping grounds of Long Beach, reflecting on the harrowing reality of gangbanging. Kenny Beats morphs smooth, soulful vocals into a warped, psychedelic sample that helps set the tone Vince’s dystopian view of Long Beach. “I don’t fear no man, only Allah got the upper hand/ Lost too many friends, to the down the streets, I can’t pretend,” Vince raps on the record.
Had a .38 in the eighth, moved on 68th
Then they put us out, we was sleepin’ on my auntie couch
Then she put us out, stomach growlin’, stealin’ from the Ralph’s
If I pull it out, I’ma send a n***a to the clouds