vince staples is nearly finished making an ep with james blake

DJ Dahi is also onboard for the hellish, six-track joint titled 'Prima Donna.'

by Isabelle Hellyer
Jun 22 2016, 2:10pm

Good news: Vince Staples has recorded a new EP. It's called Prima Donna and it's almost done, but the only person to have heard it outside of Staples' team is writer Jeff Weiss. Jeff got a listen while tailing Vince for a FADER profile. During a trip to Vince's studio he was given a preview of what he calls "a chaotic fusion of warped soul, distorted hooks, and extraterrestrial demonic spirituals." Adding, "If there was a best-case scenario for hell's sonics, Prima Donna might be it." Damn.

The writer offers a few more details on the EP's production by James Blake and DJ Dahi, and the structure of the record itself. "The six-song set starts with a rap star killing himself and concludes with him first coming to fame," he summarizes. The release date? Sometime in the summer!

Prima Donna will be Vince's first solo release since the critically lauded Summertime '06 made him such a widely respected artist in hip hop. Having spent the last twelve months since touring extensively since his last release, and having just launched a youth program in his hometown of Long Beach California, even if Prima Donna sounds like hell, Vince is still kind of an angel.


Text Isabelle Hellyer 
Image via VICE

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