Vince Staples: 5 Albums That Changed My Life

Vince Staples: 5 Albums That Changed My Life

With 5 Albums That Changed My Life, we ask artists to gush about the records that affected the way they listen to music and/or make their own music. In this edition, we ask Vince Staples what his favorite albums were growing up as an aspiring rapper in Long Beach, California.

Staples just dropped his long-awaited debut, Summertime in ‘06. The widely-hailed double-LP displays Staples bold lyricism with an energized focus that hones in on his experiences as a teenager. With much of the production handled by top-shelf producers DJ Dahi, Clams Casino and NO I.D., Summertime in ’06 is surely one of the best hip-hop albums of the year so far.

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Lauryn Hill: The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

This is my earliest memory of music. My mom had this on cassette and would play it every day while picking me up from school. Between that, India.Arie and Kirk Franklin, this connected with me the most. Whether it was dealing with social issues or simply the emotion behind the music, it helped shape some of the views that I still hold with me today.


Snoop Dogg: R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece

One of my favorite Snoop albums. It had the right message at the right moment embodying what Long Beach felt like at that point in time. From the production, to what was said, to the videos, everything was perfect. Great memories from this project.


Amy Winehouse: Back to Black

I don’t really know why I like this album so much in all honesty, but it’s great. Every song puts you in a specific mood that you can’t escape from until it is over. Depressing in a sense but for all the right reasons.A true artist can make you feel both their sorrow and their happiness. You feel all of these emotions back to back and transform them into these stories without noticing the shift. Definitely someone who was gone too soon. R.I.P.


Joy Division: Unknown Pleasures

This was my personal soundtrack at a very low point in my life. In the same way Amy’s album affects your emotions, this album does the same but in a more sinister way. The low vocals somewhat creep over the instruments, creating a hazy experience all around. It is obvious that everything was put into their music and it has a very strong identity because of it.


Kanye West: College Dropout

Kanye West is the greatest of all time and this is his first album. Self-explanatory.

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