Monotony Monday #8 – Vince’s Vivacious Victories
Vince Staples’ “Rain Come Down”: Fresh, Ain’t Fishy
The short of it: A master of delivery and lyricism, Vince is quietly one of the best artists in hip-hop. His upcoming looks to continue his trend of hitting it out of the park.
I’m a huge fan of Vince Staples. His debut album, Summertime 06, immediately impressed me and stayed on heavy repeat for a few months.
Honestly, I’m still not over this one line from “Señorita.” It’s the kind of line that makes me want to grab everyone I see by the shoulders and shout in their face, “DO YOU UNDERSTAND HOW GOOD THIS LINE IS?”
We crabs in a bucket / he called me a crab / So I shot at him in front of the Douglas
It’s quintessential Vince– it’s compact, catchy, and clever. There’s like, three layers of brilliance, and each one gets me hype as hell.
But this PCP isn’t about “Señorita.” It’s about one of his three singles for his upcoming album Big Fish Theory.
“Rain Come Down” is the longest of the three released tracks, and it’s easily my personal favorite. I was just walking around at work singing, “When the rain come down!” to myself. Ty Dolla $ign kills the hook, which is great considering the fact that Vince’s weak point is his hooks (everyone has to have a weak point, and I don’t think Vince is anywhere near, like, Tyga or something in terms of hooks).
It’s got the classic amp up outro that isn’t quite as good as the one on “Señorita” (damnit, I said this wasn’t about that song), but it’s still interesting. Same thing with the video– although Vince didn’t need a visual accompaniment since this is just the audio version, the imagery of the fishbowl in the rain is amazing.
The production is pretty classic Vince, with a bouncing bass accompanied by a spread of high hats that shows off his entrancing flow.
Admittedly, I still haven’t listen to his last project. Maybe it was burnout from the album, maybe his work was a little too consistent. But considering this track and his Gorillaz feature, I’m pretty excited to see what this big fish’s small pond sounds like.