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Rob Markman Rates Vince Staples "Summertime 06" Album an 8.5 out of 10

What’s up citizens this ya guy Rob Markman with The Rob Report, where we break down music for the game’s hottest artists. That means it’s time to go to the LBC and vibe out with Vince Staples and his debut album Summertime 06.

Vince Staples may be young, but he’s seen a lot and on Summertime 06 the 22-year old packs all the drama of just one season into a 20-track, double LP. Staples sounds right at home over the ridiculous knock of “Dopeman” and finds the pocket over the hydraulic bounce on “Loca,” but on “Señorita” is where he delivers some of his strongest rhymes nestled in-between a signature Future hook.

Summertime 06 is filled with impressive lyrics, but it isn’t densely packed. Props to Staples for letting the music breathe. He takes the last minute of “3230” off and lets the music breathe and blends directly into “Surf.” “CNB” starts off like something from Kanye’s Yeezus than morphs into something entirely new and representative of the west coast. Then there’s the buzzing “Lift Me Up” and booming “Norf Norf,” both tracks are absolute standouts.

Vince Staples deserves all the praise. On his debut LP he avoids every rap cliche and delivers a unique experience that may not put him at the top of the charts, but it will ensure a long and healthy career. I’m giving this an 8.5 out of 10. But that’s just my opinion. I want to know what do you think. Hit me @RobMarkman on Twitter. I talk back.

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