This Friday, Vince Staples will release his sophomore project Big Fish Theory on Def Jam. So this week the out spoken Long Beach native is on his press run. During his sit down with Vulture things went from hilarious To extremely awkward.
During the Q&A, writer Frank Guan asks Staples if he could reveal some of the producers who will be credited on the new album. Staples consults with his manager and publicist, but together, they decide that it would spoil the reveal.
When Guan explains that some of the names are published on Vince’s Wikipedia page, the Long Beach rapper agrees but says Wikipedia credits cannot always be trusted. “I recently saw myself on a track list for the Eminem album, so you never know,” he says. “I’ve never met him in my life.”
Using Vince name-dropping Eminem as a segue to his next question, the following exchange takes place:
FG: But he’s meant something to you? As an influence, or an example …
Vince: Oh hell no.
Vince: I like 8 Mile though, I love it. I love 8 Mile. And I liked “My Name Is” when I was a kid, and I really liked “Without Me.” “Guess who’s back, back again.” The funny thing is that, no one really cares. They just want to say, “Look what I know.” We’re not in the business of selling hype. We’re here to make songs. If the beautiful people down at Def Jam Records want to display that, that’s something they can do. But my job, I make the songs, I give them to the dealer. The dealer finds the buyer. On the world’s biggest art gallery, the internet. And also maybe Target.
This quote right here is prime example why Vince is loved and hated by so many. The 23 year old has problem sharing his honest opinion, no matter the consequences that may come with them. Most young emcee’s would lie and make up some bullshit reason why Eminem, was the biggest influence on their career in rap, but Vince, as we have learned over the years, is not most emcees.
And honestly I salute him, for not bullshitting on his response. Not only have the two never met or worked together but Vince was only six years old when Eminem released his major label debut, The Slim Shady LP, in 1999. He was nine when 8 Mile was released in theaters. Make sure you grab his new album this Friday and also watch his recent appearance on Complex news popular series “Everyday Struggle.”