With his Hell Can Wait EP released yesterday, Vince Staples spoke with HipHopDX from the studio about his take on the state of of authenticity in Hip Hop in a clip that premiered as a part of today’s DX Daily (October 8).
“These niggas is playing bro,” he said. “Everybody sell cocaine and they making $30,000 per shipment and got three shipments a week but they still rapping even though you gotta pay taxes and you gotta stress your ass out, go on the road, and all this other stuff. You gotta spend money to make money but you was making more money selling your little cocaine than you doing rapping but you’re still rapping. It don’t make no fucking sense. C’mon bruh, these niggas ain’t really doing half the stuff they [saying]. The one’s you not thinking about is probably the one’s that’s doing it. That’s probably the best thing about California, the West Coast, whatever you want to call it. That’s the best part about where we at with music ‘cause most the people that’s out now is actually about something.”
“I got a good ass manager,” he said. “I got a good ass A&R. No I.D. is in there pressin’ niggas for me. I don’t even be over there, but it’s all the same. It’s a business so you gotta act like it’s a business. The second you stop going to work is the second you fuck your whole shit up. So, I go to work. The label is my boss and they gotta cut my paycheck. It’s all a compromise. They compromise you by giving you money before you even do anything. So you have to compromise by giving them something that they can do something with. And, that’s where I’m at right now and I got no problem doing that because what the fuck else am I going to do? I didn’t graduate from High School.”
Listen to a stream of Vince Staples’ Hell Can Wait on HipHopDX here.