1) Vince Staples Summertime 06 (Def Jam)
2) A$AP Rocky At.Long.Last.A$AP (RCA)
3) Drake If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late (Republic)
4) Slum Village Yes! (also in LP) (Nestra Music Group)
5) Pete Rock Petestrumentals 2 (Fat Beats) (also avail on vinyl)
One of the summer of 2015's signature hip-hop albums, especially those in the same SoCal locale as its talented 22 year old Long Beach creator Vince Staples whose Summertime 06 continues to outsell every other new hip-hop album at Amoeba Hollywood this week where it's holding the number one slot for hip-hop albums sold. The Def Jam release, which had one of the year's most innovative rap videos for the album track "Seorita," this month published another video from the album for track "Norf Norf." While totally different style, it's another really great video from the rapper who deserves all the accolades he gets. The new music video (see below) perfectly matches the downtempo moody head-nodding beat driven track. Throughout the video, as Vince raps the song's eerily repetitive refrain "I ain't never ran from nuthin but the police," he does so as he is seen being pushed and mistreated by the po-po, rapping from the back of the police car, and later down at the station as the cops shove his head into the ground. In a time when so many mainstream and major label artists tend to shy away from anything deemed slightly offensive to any group, Vince Staples is a breath of fresh air and an artist who will be around for a long time to come, I would bet.