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Vince Staples Album Review

Alec Turcot

Rapper Vince Staples’ new album came as a surprise, as he teased new music a few days prior to the release of “FM!”, which serves as a fictional radio program album. The California rapper also surprised audiences by putting out one of his most accessible albums in his discography so far. While it may seem like a bad thing, it is far from it, as this is a very cohesive project from Staples and his producer Kenny Beats.
The first track is “Feels Like Summer”, which is not only one of the best songs off “FM!”, but one of the best songs of 2018. It’s an incredibly catchy summer tune with a strong chorus from Ty Dolla $ign and carries some solid verses from Staples. This flows nicely into the second song “Outside!”, which features a more ‘returned to form’ Vince Staples, as we saw on previous projects such as Big Fish Theory, but still remains super catchy. The third song “Don’t Get Chipped”, a song about Vince’s upbringing in a rough California neighbourhood, is supported by an instrumental infectious enough to be the newest summer hit. Songs like “FUN!” and “Tweakin’” are just as enjoyable as the rest of the album.
The illusion to radio programming is peppered all over this album, with interludes such as “New earlsweatshirt” and “Brand New Tyga”. These songs dive the listener into the world of FM radio that Staples is alluding to. While this may not be his most ambitious record and a departure from the crazy sounds Staples has brought throughout his young career, “FM!” is his most easygoing and enjoyable album in his career to date. (8.5/10)


Originally Published in Bandersnatch Vol. 48 Issue 06 on November 21th, 2018