Vince Staples
Shyne Coldchain Vol. 2


3.5
great

Review

by cryptside USER (76 Reviews)
November 1st, 2014 | 20 replies


Release Date: 2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Authenticity at a time when we need it most in the genre.

I know that I'm not the only one that questions the authenticity of hip-hop currently. It's hard to envision Rick Ross running a drug empire, and in general the exorbitant statements are becoming more and more unbelievable. Sure, it's fun to listen to the ridiculous wordplay associated with the ostentatious claims of wealth, and suspension of disbelief is practically required for enjoyment of the genre. However, there is a reason why groups like A Tribe Called Quest struck such a chord with so many listeners. Hip-hop was bred out of the necessity to tell a grimy story that was being ignored due to the fact that it was too stark for most. This is why it's nice to watch as groups like A$AP Mob and Flatbush Zombies ascend to popularity; the drug-addled lifestyle might not be particularly original, but it's certainly more veritable. Vince Staples isn't afraid of honest portrayal, and it takes a step even further into more realistic territory. In an age when more rappers possess multi-million dollar drug empires than is financially possible, it's nice to hear Vince rap about his past with obvious authenticity. Shyne Coldchain Vol. 2 is simply a continuation of Staples' brand of storytelling, and it's quite obvious that he is getting exponentially better. The trials and tribulations of life in the hood rarely feels as close (or as real, for that matter) as it does when he recounts what it was like growing up with a drug dealing father ("Progressive 3") or what his first love feels like years later ("Earth Science").

It's hard to find issue with Staples lyrically, but when comparing his last LP Stolen Youth to Shyne Coldchain Vol. 2, the disparity is fairly evident. Whatever your opinion may be of Mac Miller as a rapper, his production work on Stolen Youth helped catapult Vince's storytelling into one of the best albums of the year. The production and beats feel recycled and uninspired, which makes the 28 minute run-time feel much longer than it should. The guest spots also helped provide the album with much-needed diversity, and Shyne Coldchain features two very minimal guest artists that hinder more than they help. Jhenel Aiko's contribution to the song "Oh You Scared" is repetitive and trance-inducing. It ends up being a perplexing listen as a whole, if only because songs like "Humble" should be a contender for song of the year. Instead, it is brought down by the tired and boring hook; the verses are near perfect but segue into a very cliched "*** you, *** you, *** you, and *** you". It's hard to say at this point whether Staples just cannot carry an entire LP by himself, or if he needs more time to mature. The more straightforward tracks on Shyne Coldchain Vol. 2 are the ones that shine the brightest, and one fact can't be ignored: Vince Staples has never been better lyrically than he is now, and there is no reason to think that he will slow down any time soon.



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cryptside
November 1st 2014


2397 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hey all, it's been awhile. A little rusty, so let me know how this reads.

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Emeritus
November 1st 2014


6782 Comments


Will read later, welcome back

cryptside
November 1st 2014


2397 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sounds good, bud. Thanks.

ExplosiveOranges
November 2nd 2014


4408 Comments


HE HAS RETURNED. Auto-pos, will read later.

cryptside
November 2nd 2014


2397 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

LOL. Thanks dude, you're the best.

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Emeritus
November 2nd 2014


6782 Comments


"obvious authenticity. Shyne Coldchain Vol. 2 is simply a continuation of Staples' brand of storytelling, and it's quite obvious" maybe find a different word for obvious, rather than have them in such close proximity

that's all I got. really good review Mark, pos

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
November 2nd 2014


11770 Comments


great review Sig, I can't offer any feedback though, there's nothing I'd change.

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cryptside
November 2nd 2014


2397 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks dudes, really appreciate the comments. Feels good to be back.

VheissuCrisis
Emeritus
November 2nd 2014


1387 Comments


Well lookey here. Glad to see you back Mark, of course I pos'd.

cryptside
November 2nd 2014


2397 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks, Dan! I appreciate it, how are things?

VheissuCrisis
Emeritus
November 2nd 2014


1387 Comments


"Sure, it's fun to listen to the ridiculous wordplay associated with the ostentatious claims of wealth, and suspension of disbelief is practically required for enjoyment of the genre."

To expand, I think this is a great line. Used to work with a guy who told me all about Rick Ross, entertaining story. Messaged you man.

cryptside
November 2nd 2014


2397 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks dude! Yeah, Rick Ross is pretty ridiculous, but even he makes some decent music sometimes. It's just head-scratching to try to ascertain why he needed to steal someone's identity to rap.

Atari
Staff Reviewer
November 2nd 2014


25621 Comments


I really dug this review even though I know nothing about this guy haha. Hard pos, nice to see a new review from you man!

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cryptside
November 2nd 2014


2397 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You should check him if you get the chance, Aaron. I think you'd like some of it. This is a free mixtape as well! Thanks for the pos, brother.

Atari
Staff Reviewer
November 2nd 2014


25621 Comments


I'll definitely give him a shot later buddy. I like some hip hop, I'm just more picky about it than most genres lol. Never hurts to branch out more though

cryptside
November 2nd 2014


2397 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's very good stuff, although that just comes down to personal opinion anyway lol. Let me know what you think.

Phlegm
November 3rd 2014


7247 Comments


dude has sucked since vol. 1 and that is fact

cryptside
November 3rd 2014


2397 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Disagree hard man. I've really liked all of his stuff .

ShitsofRain
June 25th 2015


8193 Comments


hows the new one

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Emeritus
June 25th 2015


6782 Comments


No I.D.'s production kinda outshines Vince in a lot of the tracks. there's some pretty solid cuts here and there tho



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