Vince Staples Explains Vince Staples

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Vince Staples’s Twitter bio has been the same Lil B quote for a while. “I get mad cause the world don't understand me. That's the price I had to pay for this rap game,” it reads, its mission statement borrowed from the opening few seconds of the Oakland rapper’s “Blue Flame (Remix).” Staples, who is on the cover of our new Summer Music issue, has emerged as one of contemporary rap’s most compelling storytellers, spinning an adolescence spent in service of Long Beach’s 2N Crips into several hard-rattling mixtapes and an official Def Jam debut. But the 22-year-old has also spent the past couple of years moonlighting as a populist public intellectual, using social media to dispense knowledge and roast followers on subjects as varied as sports, early aughts rap, and barbershop politics. In this video, Staples explains himself in his own words, giving context to some of his funniest, most controversial, and most incisive comments about music, politics, and Michael Jordan. Subscribe now for more The FADER  http://bit.ly/XPZVfG Read the FADER: http://www.thefader.com Follow the FADER on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thefader Like the FADER on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/11JaNSJ Follow the FADER on Tumblr: http://bit.ly/xerObW Director: Naomi Zeichner Editor: Sam Balaban Director of Photography: Sam Balaban Executive Producer: Joseph Patel Production Company: The FADER