Vince Staples: Big Fish Theory

Vince Staples: Big Fish Theory


“Boy I’m buoyant, we are

Floating on them peons

Go in ‘till they take my bro’nem out them CDCRS

Prison system broken, racial war commotion

Until the president get ashy, Vincent won’t be votin’

We need Tamikas and Shaniquas in that oval office

Obama ain’t enough for me, we only getting started

The next Bill Gates can be on Section 8 up in the projects

So ‘till they love my Dark skin

Bitch, I’m goin’ all in.”



Vince Staples has basically blessed us with this brilliant album, and homie would just shrug about it, being the humble rapper that he is. After reading many interviews with Mr. Staples, he comes off really calm and relaxed, not in a condescending way, but definitely a person who knows the reality of life and isn’t trying to be bothered by the fake fame bullshit. You get a sense, that he’s not here to be anyone’s puppet, he’s just living his life.

 Photograph courtesy of GQ

Photograph courtesy of GQ

His newest album, Big Fish Theory is packed with bits and pieces of Vince’s realities, achievements, personal doubts and perceptions of being a Black man in America that is constantly being put in the “other” category.  “When you’re not like the others” they tend to not know where to put you.  But he’s not here to do the same old thing, Vince is definitely raising the bar in the rap game. Big Fish Theory is thoughtful, saying exactly what he not only means but feels.  At first sound, you think, “okay, there are some bangers, old school samples, some dance tracks.” This shit is tight, but if you really listen to the lyrics and put it all together, you see the potential.  This 12-track album features a diverse group of artist including, Kilo Kish (l love this woman.) Damon Albarn (Gorillaz), Juicy J, KUCKA, A$ap Rocky, Ray J (which was surprising to me, keepin that real, ok homie! I see you), Kendrick Lamar and Ty Dolla $ign.

The production in this album just hits the mark! With the likes of Flume, Zack Sekoff and SOPHIE, each track gets your head movin’. From Staples, clever lyricism and the mixtures of high and low party dance beats and bass, you can’t get enough.  I like the versatile themes for each beat and instrumentals. I feel like the younger generation is really coming out of the comfort zone when it comes to hip hop these days and I’m loving it.  One of my favorite tracks is Big Fish, produced by Christian Rich, that song is a go-to track for me, also Love Can Be with the lovely Kilo Kish, 745, Yeah Right and Crabs in A Bucket. Honestly though, this whole album bangs, this is a no-skip track album! Haven’t been listening? Check out below via Youtube.


Words By Tesia Pennie // @childish_fun