Three years since the groundbreaking spate of 20-minute rap albums (remember Ye? Daytona?) Vince Staples is sticking to the form with a new self-titled record that's roughly the length of an EP. Tis time round, the electronic experimentations of Big Fish Theory are long gone in favour of booming trap beats and Staples's unique form of modern-day gangsta rap, and at various points a melodic quality shines through in his voice which has previously gone unheard. Law Of Averages is a brilliant showcase for his cold-hearted bars ("Cherry Ave, Downey Ave, hoe you average / Louis bag, Gucci bag, you got baggage / I will never give my money to a bad bitch") over punchy drums and a chirruping, pitched-down sample, while The Shining is deceptively cute with cascading plinks of melody anchored by a simple i-VI chord sequence.
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