When I first heard Vince Staples’ new album “Law Of Averages”, unlike many, I was a bit underwhelmed. Granted, maybe I wasn’t in the best position to be giving my opinions on Vince’s album.
“Law Of Averages” came between the releases of CEO Trayle and EST Gee’s projects and I wasn’t really in the mood for Vince’s weary, meditative sound. However, after watching his installment of NPR’s acclaimed “Tiny Desk Concert” series, my views on the album began to change.
Vince’s performance started with the album’s title track. My interpretation of the track changed from a gimmicky way to tie in super expensive handbags to an ode to the unnecessary worth we assign to name brand commodities.
Finishing the song by exclaiming “this is dedicated to everybody: all the bad bitches world wide, all shapes and sizes, all colors, whether you have two legs or no legs, we love you” was a tongue-in-cheek way to express his appreciation for all people.
Next came “Sundown Downtown”, a song that, admittedly I’d liked since the album dropped but developed more of a liking for after diving deeper into the track’s lyrics.
Vince details his rough upbringing in Long Beach, CA from living on his aunt’s couch to becoming indoctrinated by the streets. The song’s second verse reflects on the trauma and loss brought on by these experiences and makes sure to shoutout fellow Cali native 03 Greedo, who is currently locked up for drug trafficking.
Staples keeps the best performance for last with his track “Take Me Home”. Vince’s smooth swagger is on full display throughout and Fousheé’s silky hook is chilling. Best known for her tracks “Deep End” and “Gold Fronts” ft. Lil Wayne, Fousheé’s performance cements her as an r&b/indie talent to watch for.
Check out the Tiny Desk below!