Vince Staples - Hell Can Wait EP (Review)

Vince Staples - Hell Can Wait EP (Review)

"Hell Can Wait" is the first official EP from Long Beach, CA rapper Vince Staples. The EP features a guest appearance from Teyana Taylor as well as production from No I.D., Anthony Kilhoffer, Infamous and Hagler. It was released on October 7, 2014 via Def Jam Recordings.


1) Fire - The first song on the EP finds Vince Staples rapping about his childhood and teenage years over a dark ass beat by Anthony Kilhoffer. The instrumental hits hard as hell and perfectly compliments the violent tone of the rhymes. Real dope way to kick off the EP. - 4/5



2) 65 Hunnid - The beat on this cut, courtesy of Infamous, is a much more mellow than the previous one, with some soft keys, New Orleans-inspired horns and mournful strings over head nodding drums. The beat is dope and the rhymes are as well, with Vince spitting some of his usual violent street bars and really going off on the second verse. - 4/5

3) Screen Door - Vince Staples kicks some vivid rhymes about his pops selling drugs and about helping him cover it up when the cops came knocking over a darker Hagler instrumental. The beat has an ominous vibe to it, with a bleak sample over some interesting percussion, and Vince sounds really good over it. Yet another dope track. - 4/5

4) Hands Up - This song finds Vince Staples rapping about police brutality over a No I.D. banger that sounds like something N.W.A. would have been rapping over if they still made music today. The beat has a darker vibe to it to go along with the seriousness of the subject matter and Vince just bodies it. Very dope track. - 4.25/5

5) Blue Suede - Hagler returns to production duties on this cut and delivers a crazy instrumental full of hi-pitched synths, hard ass drums and deep bass that again sounds like something N.W.A. might have rhymed over. The beat is fire and Vince Staples sounds real dope over it as he kicks some street rhymes full of violence and drug references. Very nice. - 4.25/5



6) Limos (featuring Teyana Taylor) - This track acts as a brief respite after the intensity of the previous song, with Hagler delivering a more radio friendly instrumental and Teyana Taylor coming with a catchy chorus. Lyrically the song is just as dope as the beat, with Vince Staples rapping about some of the more negative aspects of relationships and love. Shits dope though. - 4/5

7) Feelin' the Love - The final song on the EP finds Vince rapping about striving to reach his goals over a hypnotic Hagler instrumental. The beat is real dope and the rhymes are introspective and personal. Very dope way to close out the EP. - 4/5

I'm going to rate the EP

4 / 5

because it's really good. The production is stellar throughout, with many tracks having a darker sound that meshes very nicely with Vince's often violent subject matter. There is a little bit of everything on here, from the hard-hitting anthems of "Fire" and "Blue Suede" to the more polished and radio-friendly sounds of "Limos". Lyrically the album is just as strong as the production, with Vince Staples painting a bleak picture of life in Los Angeles. His rhymes are vivid and personal and he isn't afraid to tackle some sensitive/political topics such as police brutality. All in all, the EP is really dope and has me interested to see what else he has in store for his first LP.


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