Vince Staples Talks New Album “Big Fish Theory,” Fans, & Rap Beef

Vince Staples drops some wisdom in detailed new interview with Complex.

Vince Staples is proving himself to be one of the wisest, most eloquent rappers in the game. In a new interview with Complex, Vince Staples continues with his no-nonsense, tell-it-like-it-is mentality, dishing on the existential nature of life and reminding us that why a fan is really a derivation of a fanatic.

Staples begins by dishing on the making of Big Fish Theory, breaking down the metaphorical concept behind the name. “It encompasses things,” says Vince. “Being larger than life in a smaller world, so to say. How rappers are perceived and perceive themselves….you still find these great personalities and these great success stories within the small pond that is our music.”

Staples goes on to call rap beef “corny,” citing Nicki/Remy, Ice Cube/NWA, & Jay-Z/Nas as examples. “All that [rap beef] they can get the fuck out of here,” says Vince. “It’s like, “I’m gonna say really hurtful things about you for the sake of hip-hop.”

In addition to myriad other topics, Vince drops some especially poignant jewels on the artist-fan relationship. Citing Amy Winehouse as an example, he tears into the so-called fans who booed and threw things at her during a performance:

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Well, wait a minute. The fans booed her because they did not get what they expected. Right?
Yeah, but—so? So?

What do you mean “so”?
I mean, so, when you go to Target, and you like your grocery bags a specific way, and you tell the lady, hey, can you double bag that? And she forgets to. Or she doesn’t seem like she’s paying attention.

You might look at her kinda crazy. But then you might look at their face like, “You know what? They’re probably having a bad day.”

You run into people with jobs all the time that might not perform to the best of their abilities all the time, but usually, we take into consideration their current mind state, the things that they’re currently going through. We do it all the time. We always look at people and say, “Aw, man, I wonder what’s going on with him. They don’t seem like they’re having a good day.”

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For more Staples wisdom, check the Complex interview below. Big Fish Theory coming soon.

Updated: 19/04/2017 — 11:05 pm

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