Vince Staples - Big Fish Theory— Si Sharp -
Although his 2015’s debut was pretty good, it was last year’s Prima Donna EP that got me excited. Musically Big Fish Theory is more electronic than the debut. It has a dirty club vibe but lyrically he’s not wasting his time trying to get us ready for the dancefloor. He’s philosophical in his views and thematically he’s in the same world as Kendrick - the album’s title is to do with how fish only grow to the size of the tank they’re in, and uses it as a metaphor for being black in the US. Above all, it does what good hip hop does - it hooks you with the beats, and then keeps you there for the words.
Albums of 2017 #23