Vince Staples On ‘Big Fish Theory’: “We Making Future Music. It’s Afro-Futurism”

blame it on Patrick Glynn June 1, 2017

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Vince Staples‘ new project, Big Fish Theory, will sound different than anything he’s ever done. If “BagBak” and “Big Fish” are any indication, there’s an electronic nature to the singles that we haven’t heard from the North Long Beach native’s catalog.

In a new interview with LA Weekly, Staples discusses the futuristic sounds of Big Fish Theory and why he’s chosen to head in that artistic direction. (Spoiler: it’s because he doesn’t care about what you think he should do.)

“If a photographer took the same picture over and over again, you’d call them crazy, right,” Staples questioned in the cover story. “If an architect built the same house, if a designer made the same clothes, if a painter made the same painting — we’d all discredit them.”

As for Big Fish Theory, Staples had trouble describing (or didn’t care to describe) the sound of it in an interview with Complex in April. “I don’t know,” he said. “I don’t think I listen to enough Vince Staple music to dissect it.” This time around, he was more specific:

“All I can tell you is that it’s current. It’s tomorrow. It’s next Thursday,” Staples said. “We making future music. It’s Afro-futurism. This is my Afro-futurism. There’s no other kind.”

Within the story, Staples also talked about how critics often got the main content of Summertime ’06 wrong (it’s not gangster rap — “that whole fucking CD is about girls”) and the selfishness of art. Read the full thing at LA Weekly, and pre-order Big Fish Theory on iTunes.