Advertisement

Rising hip-hop star Vince Staples performs Saturday at the Iowa Memorial Union


On June 30, the day rapper Vince Staples put out his Summertime ’06, Wired magazine wrote that “It sounds dystopian, but not futuristic—because we’re living in a dystopia right now.”

As 2015 comes to a close and a flood of images from Chicago and Minneapolis replace those from Ferguson and Baltimore, where there should be ever increasing urgency there is instead an eerie constancy to the situation. That could be why Sasha Frere-Jones described Summertime ’06 in the LA Times as one of the year’s most important rap albums. Drawing inevitable comparisons to fellow SoCal son Kendrick Lamar, Long Beach’s Staples may be conscious but he is not positivist. Where Lamar seems to continually find an awakening, Staples only sees another nightmare. His cadence and delivery on tracks like “Lift me up” might read like a sendup to Lamar, but there is no sonic or spiritual release on Summertime ’06, there’s no “King Kunta” and there’s no assurance that “we gonna be alright.”

“Shit don’t mean nothing when there’s people out here dying and starving with no hope,” he told The Fader. “That’s what matters … I might be okay now, but I’m not really okay, because nobody else is okay.”

On Dec. 12 (7 p.m. at the IMU), SCOPE will present Vince Staples, a fully formed artist in his moment. Regardless of where his career goes, this year of reflection and reckoning could not be sent out with a stronger show. It’s an opportunity Iowa City is very lucky to have and one that should not be missed.


Thoughts? Tips? A cute picture of a dog? Share them with LV » editor@littlevillagemag.com

The Future is Unwritten

You look to Little Village for today’s stories. Your sustaining support will help us write tomorrow’s.

Regular

$10/mo or $120/year
(AUTO-RENEW)
The cost of doing this work really adds up! Your contribution at this level will cover telephone and internet expenses for one month at the LV editorial offices.

Italic

$20/mo or $240/year
(AUTO-RENEW)
$240 is enough to cover one month’s costs for sending out our weekly entertainment newsletter, The Weekender. Make a contribution at this level to put a little more oomph on your support and your weekend.

Bold

$30/mo or $360/year
(AUTO-RENEW)
LittleVillageMag.com connects eastern Iowa culture with the world. Your contribution at this level will cover the site’s hosting costs for three months. A bold move for our boldest supporters!

All monthly and annual contributors receive:

  • Recognition on our Supporters page (aliases welcome)
  • Exclusive early access when we release new half-price gift cards
  • Access to a secret Facebook group where you can connect with other supporters and discuss the latest news and upcoming events (and maybe swap pet pics?) with the LV staff
  • Invitations to periodic publisher chats (held virtually for now) to meet with Matt and give him a piece of your mind, ask your burning questions and hear more about the future plans for Little Village, Bread & Butter Magazine, Witching Hour Festival and our other endeavors.