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Vince Staples and Kilo Kish prove age is not a factor at sold-out show at Philadelphia’s Union Transfer

Long Beach rapper Vince Staples packed the building on his stop through Philadelphia on March 24th at Union Transfer. Currently on his Wes Anderson-inspired “Life Aquatic Tour” with collaborator Kilo Kish, the 23-year old emcee took the sold out crowd on a voyage through his world in true hip hop form, with nothing on stage but a microphone and enough room to move.

Although this is the first time Vince Staples has headlined his own tour, he’s no stranger to the road. He’s only a few months fresh off a 6-week tour with James Blake and Moses Sumney, and then performing a handful of festivals immediately following including, Phoenix Lights Fest and Electric Forest. Currently touring his Prima Donna EP, it was only appropriate that Staples started the night off with the 808-heavy title track, “Prima Donna” to set the tone. As he continued to go through an impressive list of fan favorites, like “Smile,” “Lift Me Up,” and “Big Time” he accompanied those spacey sounds of trap and snare kicks with a neon-lit stage show reminiscent of a kaleidoscope.

While Staples is normally soft spoken and introverted in interviews, he definitely left all that politeness at home, shouting out his heart and frustrations especially during songs like “War Ready,” and “Surf.” As Vince Staples continues to dominate existing genres in hip-hop as well as inventing a few of his own, his minimalist stage set up and unmatched energy prove that he is on the right road to becoming a big player on the Def Jam roster.

Kilo Kish

Ben Wong
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Vince Staples and Kilo Kish prove age is not a factor at sold-out show at Philadelphia’s Union Transfer

Long Beach rapper Vince Staples packed the building on his stop through Philadelphia on March 24th at Union Transfer. Currently on his Wes Anderson-inspired “Life Aquatic Tour” with collaborator Kilo Kish, the 23-year old emcee took the sold out crowd on a voyage through his world in true hip hop form, with nothing on stage but a microphone and enough room to move.

Although this is the first time Vince Staples has headlined his own tour, he’s no stranger to the road. He’s only a few months fresh off a 6-week tour with James Blake and Moses Sumney, and then performing a handful of festivals immediately following including, Phoenix Lights Fest and Electric Forest. Currently touring his Prima Donna EP, it was only appropriate that Staples started the night off with the 808-heavy title track, “Prima Donna” to set the tone. As he continued to go through an impressive list of fan favorites, like “Smile,” “Lift Me Up,” and “Big Time” he accompanied those spacey sounds of trap and snare kicks with a neon-lit stage show reminiscent of a kaleidoscope.

While Staples is normally soft spoken and introverted in interviews, he definitely left all that politeness at home, shouting out his heart and frustrations especially during songs like “War Ready,” and “Surf.” As Vince Staples continues to dominate existing genres in hip-hop as well as inventing a few of his own, his minimalist stage set up and unmatched energy prove that he is on the right road to becoming a big player on the Def Jam roster.

Kilo Kish

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