Vince Staples’ Long Beach Transforms Into A Metaphoric Apocalypse (Video)
Vince Staples has made several enduring videos already, in his short career. For the Snoh Aalegra-assisted “Senorita,” the two No I.D. proteges raise the stakes like never before. The Summertime ’06 (June 30) look feels like something out of a ’90s Soundgarden visual—only its world is the Long Beach City.
Staples delivers his words with fury (and those who have not heard the record ought to pay attention to the deep substance to those lyrics). Amidst the raps, the visual shows a stylized funeral service (followed by a series of sharp-shooter assassinations), military presence, prostitutes, and so many other bizarre symbols.
For 25 years, Hip-Hop Heads have been encountering and discovering the LBC through music videos, but never anything quite like this. What do you think some of these metaphors and symbols mean?