Vince Staples brings intense and heavy atmospheric vibes to The Pageant in St. Louis

The house lights turned off and a countdown timer was displayed on the LED backdrop and set the crowd in a roar. When the clock hit 00:00:00, Vince casually strolled onto the stage, wearing black head to toe, along with a bulletproof vest.

He pauses and stares at the crowd while a storm of fog filled the stage. He opened with the upbeat “BagBak” from his latest album, “Big Fish Theory”. I could tell this was a venue of dedicated fans by the way the whole place started to rap and dance along.

The production Vince brought was impressive. An entire wall of 4×4 LED’s lights that spun and rotated behind him displaying blinding white and purple visuals. The entire front of the stage was lined with strobes that also rotated and shot light straight up to the ceiling. It created a very heavy ominous atmosphere. The combination of fog and strobes in my light of sight made it a very tough shoot – but Vince was here for the fans and not a photoshoot.

Recently, Vince has been getting negative feedback on his performance for lack of production and showmanship. Vince, being the outspoken rapper that he is, decided to shut the haters down for good and started a GoFundMe campaign for early retirement. He called the campaign #GTFOMD (google it) and for a messily two million dollars, Vince will shut up forever. Which means no music, no shows, no interviews, no anything. He will also move to Palmdale, Calif., buy a Honda, purchase a puppy and buy a year-supply of “soups for the homies locked down.”

Despite what some fans are saying, this was one of my favorite hip-hop shows this year so far. Vince Staples has a unique way of bringing energy to a show without having to bounce off the walls like most rap shows today.

Ismael Valenzuela
Ismael is a St. Louis based concert photographer and urban explorer. If he's not in the photo pit, he's usually exploring urban decay and abandoned buildings in North St. Louis. Check out his work on instagram.com/izzyspazzin.

One comment on Vince Staples brings intense and heavy atmospheric vibes to The Pageant in St. Louis

  1. Ecomclips says:

    @ AJ Cooper: While I do agree with you with Vince and Stephanie, Paul Levesque is at least trying to be decent behind the scenes; and, for the most part, he”s doing quite decently at it when he stays away from the cameras and spotlight. The only questions I have for you is: Where does Shane fit in? Does he deserve the same boot as Vince, Stephanie, and Paul? Last I heard he”s just an employee now.

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Vince Staples brings intense and heavy atmospheric vibes to The Pageant in St. Louis

The house lights turned off and a countdown timer was displayed on the LED backdrop and set the crowd in a roar. When the clock hit 00:00:00, Vince casually strolled onto the stage, wearing black head to toe, along with a bulletproof vest.

He pauses and stares at the crowd while a storm of fog filled the stage. He opened with the upbeat “BagBak” from his latest album, “Big Fish Theory”. I could tell this was a venue of dedicated fans by the way the whole place started to rap and dance along.

The production Vince brought was impressive. An entire wall of 4×4 LED’s lights that spun and rotated behind him displaying blinding white and purple visuals. The entire front of the stage was lined with strobes that also rotated and shot light straight up to the ceiling. It created a very heavy ominous atmosphere. The combination of fog and strobes in my light of sight made it a very tough shoot – but Vince was here for the fans and not a photoshoot.

Recently, Vince has been getting negative feedback on his performance for lack of production and showmanship. Vince, being the outspoken rapper that he is, decided to shut the haters down for good and started a GoFundMe campaign for early retirement. He called the campaign #GTFOMD (google it) and for a messily two million dollars, Vince will shut up forever. Which means no music, no shows, no interviews, no anything. He will also move to Palmdale, Calif., buy a Honda, purchase a puppy and buy a year-supply of “soups for the homies locked down.”

Despite what some fans are saying, this was one of my favorite hip-hop shows this year so far. Vince Staples has a unique way of bringing energy to a show without having to bounce off the walls like most rap shows today.

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