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Vince Staples Doesn’t Hold Back on Debut Album ‘Summertime 06′

Vince Staples has never fit a mold. The streetwise rapper from Long Beach and 2015 XXL Freshman has a long lineage of rappers whose model he could follow as he begins to assert himself on the hip-hop landscape, dating back to Nate Dogg, Snoop and Dre and their funkified, bouncy party jams, or more recently with the Compton-bred MCs YG and Kendrick Lamar, anchors of opposite sides of the current Cali hip-hop spectrum. But on his Def Jam debut, the double album Summertime '06, Staples largely rejects the sonic landscape of his West Coast predecessors, instead relying heavily on Def Jam's in-house Yoda ...

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