Common Reveals What He Learned From Vince Staples On "Kingdom"

Common says you can't make assumptions about Vince Staples.

Common, who worked with Vince Staples on Nobody’s Smiling's “Kingdom,” says he learned from the Long Beach, California emcee featured on the cut.

"Well one thing I learned from him, I like that he'll write his rap right there. He wrote his rap right there and there's a spontaneity in that, that I like," Common says in an interview with HotNewHipHop. "He's not the first artist that I seen do that, but that kind of did help me get into that mindset that you inspired in the moment and do your thing. Another thing I learned to was like, just because you're from...You can't make assumptions about an emcee. He's from Long Beach, 20 years old. You assume, 'Ah, man. He just grew up listening to Gangsta Rap. And that's not the case. He probably loves Snoop [Dogg], but I don't think Snoop is his favorite rapper just because he's from Long Beach. And with that being said, we all know Snoop is legend and I respect Snoop and so does Vince Staples, but the point is, you can't make assumptions.”

The song "Kingdom" is one of the first tracks Com released off his upcoming effort, Nobody’s Smiling. When “Kingdom” was released, Common called it the start of something great.  

Common spoke with HipHopDX about collaborating with Staples in 2013.

“I got my man Vince Staples on a song,” Common said in an exclusive interview with HipHopDX at the time. “I like him. He’s cold on the mic. When I heard him rapping, I was like, ‘This dude can really rhyme.’ It made me want to write.”

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  • Anonymous

    hyde park ass nikka lmao quit claimin my city u lame

  • Anonymous

    on the real i lost a bit of respect for Common when I found out he went to the Kanye Kardashian wedding.

  • lol

    Vince def a real ass dude and got some cold ass raps but ever since he been associating with Mac Miller his solo material has become shit. At this point only his features are enjoyable.

  • Anonymous

    vince a real one from cali. thats why hes not out here throwing up gang signs and fronting like chris brown and young thug, glorifying some shit they were never a part of and don't understand.

    • Anonymous

      lmao bruuuh... don't even get me started on that nigga. Chris Brown only started this shit when he moved to la because he wanted to move around la freely and wanted protection. He tried bangin on me and a friend after they had words at a pickup game at smc(school in Cali)... I had an s dome on and I guess he thought I was bangin so he tried that fruit town piru shit... lmao chris brown a lame. Nobody in la scared of him... niggas laugh at his gang "ties" Just another rich nigga who has life backwards... nothing new to see here.

    • Anonymous

      Young thug a fake blood nigga a real nigga who bang wont glorify too much of that shit unless music specifically gangbang rap

    • Anonymous

      i aint ever seen a blood nigga calling his homies babe or wearing no girls clothes rapping arms with niggas drinking outta cups. hes fufu

    • Anonymous

      hes hood but hes not a real banger unless the bloods wear uggz and dresses in ATL?

    • lol

      Are you kidding me? Young Thug is straight hood. Oh let me guess you one of them annoying ass dudes who think just because someone has a song on the radio then that automatically means they from the suburbs and bought a record deal or some shit lol.

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