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Vince Staples

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Long Beach, Cali rapper Vince Staples, is one of the newest additions to the Blacksmith/ARTium/Def Jam Recordings all-star roster, debuted his seven-song EP, HELL CAN WAIT earlier this year. The release of HELL CAN WAIT followed Vince’s 3-week, 13-city Paisley Summer Tour headlining stint, which wrapped up at Hard Rock Live in Las Vegas. Vince has contributed tracks to dozens of today’s hottest artists, including Earl Sweatshirt’s first album (“epaR”on Earl) and second album (“Burgundy” & “Centurion” on Doris), to Dilated Peoples’ Directors Of Photography ( “The Dark Room”) to Jhené Aiko’s “The Vapors” (on her Sail Out debut, the biggest-selling EP in Def Jam history) and Common’s brand new album, Nobody’s Smiling, on his single “Kingdom,” performed live by Common with Vince at his side on Jimmy Kimmel Live and at the 2014 BET Hip Hop Awards. As Common stated in XXL, “He’s cold on the mic… This dude can really rhyme. It made me want to write.” With HELL CAN WAIT, Vince turns the microscope on himself and his family for some of hip-hop’s most remarkable music. “Ain’t nothing realer than the truth,” he explains. “Ain’t nothing better than the truth, like I really did all that. I really seen all that. I really been around that my whole life.”

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