PICS: Vince Staples at the Observatory North Park

Acclaimed rap artist Vince Staples held court at the Observatory North Park recently.

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The hip-hop star performed in San Diego on Tuesday, April 2 -- a little more than one year after performing at the then-named Valley View Casino Center while on tour with Tyler, the Creator in 2018.
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Born in Compton, California before relocating to North Long Beach, Staples got his start as a member of the hip-hop trio Cutthroat Boyz and as a close associate of Odd Future (in particular Syd tha Kyd, Mike G and Earl Sweatshirt).
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After releasing two mixtapes in 2011 and 2012, and making guest appearances on Odd Future member albums, he dropped a Mac Miller-produced mixtape titled "Stolen Youth" in 2013.
Staples signed to Def Jam Recordings and after releasing another mixtape titled "Shyne Coldchain Vol. 2" in early 2014, he dropped a studio EP titled "Hell Can Wait" later that year.
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In 2015, Staples released "Summertime '06," his debut studio album -- which spawned the singles "Senorita," "Get Paid" and "Norf Norf."
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The following year saw him release a seven-track EP and short film titled "Prima Donna," which featured guest appearances by A$AP Rocky and Kilo Kish.
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He also worked on a number of projects and singles, including "Ascension" by Gorillaz -- and "BagBak," which was featured in the trailer for the Marvel Studios Academy Award-winning film "Black Panther."
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Also in 2016, Staples made a donation of an undisclosed amount to the Youth Institute in North Long Beach, a new YMCA program teaching graphic design, 3D printing, product design, music production and filmmaking to 20 eighth and ninth graders at Hamilton Middle School.
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The next year, he released his sophomore studio album, "Big Fish Theory," which included the single "Rain Come Down" featuring Ty Dolla Sign.
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Staples released his third and latest studio album, the 22-minute-long "FM!," last year.
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"FM!" is presented as a radio station takeover, featuring skits by famed LA radio host Big Boy, and received rave reviews upon its release -- as well as inclusion in year-end best-of lists by Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Stereogum, NPR, Noisey, NME, Complex and more.
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In his Consequence of Sound review, Tommy Monroe wrote: "'FM!' features the rapper in his raw form and representing his love for the West Coast. Whether you decide to hit play in chronological order or skip around, this album will have you bobbing your head at any point. 'FM!' is a sunny day that not even being stuck in LA traffic can ruin." Come back soon, Vince!
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