Categories:
Cart 0

Your cart is empty

Vince Staples|Big Fish Theory

Big Fish Theory

Vince Staples

Available in
24-Bit/44.1 kHz Stereo

Unlimited Streaming

Listen to this album in high quality now on our apps

Start my trial period and start listening to this album

Enjoy this album on Qobuz apps with your subscription

Subscribe

Enjoy this album on Qobuz apps with your subscription

Digital Download

Purchase and download this album in a wide variety of formats depending on your needs.

With his 2014 powerful and greasy seven-song Hell Can Wait EP of exclusively live from the street dark hip hop, Vince Staples showed from the get-go that he was to be counted on as a future star by perfectly narrating the daily lives of outlaws. Eight months later, his first album Summertime '06 confirmed this first impression and was considered as one of the best rap albums of 2015. The following summer, Staples took it one step further with his Prima Donna EP made up of seven new ultra-dark snapshots of his City of Angels (but not only…), in which his flow and lyrics shine at every turn. Most importantly, this EP showed that the rapper knew how to reinvent himself, to the extent of collaborating with British artist James Blake on two titles… In the last few years, gangsta-rap California and its derivatives have provided a wonderfully renewed cast (from Kendrick Lamar to Schoolboy Q, YG or even DJ Mustard, the stylistic range is particularly broad), even though the main ingredients remain the same (dope, guns, sex, alcohol and unemployment). In his own distinctive way, Vince Staples reinterprets all of these rehashed conventions and gives them a unique modern feel. The street may remain the same, but its actors know how to reinvent themselves. With Big Fish Theory, which splashes down on Summer 2017, the MC from Long Beach gives us anything but a Summertime ‘06 rehash. It’s rather a natural extension or even an evolution of Prima Donna. This second album, with out-of-this-world sounds, sails through fully assumed electro seas. Minimalist sounds, sometimes edging towards Detroit’s original techno. Supported by very unique tinkers (Zack Sekoff, SOPHIE, Jimmy Edgar, GTA and even Flume!), Vince Staples and his unique story telling dive into the meanders of unprecedented sound architecture. In Alyssa Interlude, he throws in an interview of Amy Winehouse, his idol, with a sample of the Temptations’ I Wish It Would Rain. Further on, Damon Albarn lays his voice on Love Can Be… and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon lends his lyrics to Crabs In A Bucket. Big Fish Theory is filled with these more or less unexpected moments. In Homage for instance, Staples goes full on into clubbing. Obviously, the album features other prestigious albeit less surprising guests: A$AP Rocky in SAMO, Ray J, Ty Dolla Sign, Kučka, Juicy J in Big Fish, Kilo Kish, and of course the inevitable Kendrick Lamar in Yeah Right. This album leaves you stunned of an orgy of ideas that Staples was somewhat able to channel and give order to. In this regard, Big Fish Theory isn’t a child’s toy, but rather the brilliant manifest of an artist who cares little about genre conventions and makes his own rules. © MZ/Qobuz

More info

Big Fish Theory

Vince Staples

launch qobuz app I already downloaded Qobuz for Windows / MacOS Open

download qobuz app I have not downloaded Qobuz for Windows / MacOS yet Download the Qobuz app

You are currently listening to samples.

Listen to over 100 million songs with an unlimited streaming plan.

Listen to this playlist and more than 100 million songs with our unlimited streaming plans.

From $16.65/month

1
Crabs In A Bucket Explicit
00:03:18

Amerie Mi Marie Rogers, ComposerLyricist - Mark 'Spike' Stent, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Stanley Walden, ComposerLyricist - Justin Vernon, Producer, Co-Producer, Programmer, ComposerLyricist - Michael Freeman, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Lakisha Robinson, ComposerLyricist - Vince Staples, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Kilo Kish, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Zack Sekoff, Producer, Programmer, ComposerLyricist - Richard C. Harrison, ComposerLyricist - Michael Law Thomas, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - William Francis Delaney VI, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Big Fish
00:03:18

Jordan Houston, ComposerLyricist - Juicy J, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Mark 'Spike' Stent, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Christian Rich, Producer, Programmer - Taiwo Hassan, ComposerLyricist - Kehinde Hassan, ComposerLyricist - Vince Staples, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Michael Law Thomas, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - William Francis Delaney VI, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Alyssa Interlude
00:02:38

Mark 'Spike' Stent, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Barrett Strong, ComposerLyricist - Norman Whitfield, ComposerLyricist - Rodger Penzabene, ComposerLyricist - Michael Freeman, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Vince Staples, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Zack Sekoff, Producer, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Programmer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Michael Law Thomas, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - William Francis Delaney VI, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Love Can Be... Explicit
00:02:59

Alonzo Mathis, ComposerLyricist - Ray J, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mark 'Spike' Stent, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Damon Albarn, Keyboards, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dana Ramey, ComposerLyricist - Michael Freeman, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Lakisha Robinson, ComposerLyricist - GTA, Producer - Julio Mejia, ComposerLyricist - Vince Staples, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Kilo Kish, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Matthew Toth, ComposerLyricist - Michael Law Thomas, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - William Francis Delaney VI, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Ussery, ComposerLyricist - Chaz R. Sexton, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
745
00:03:48

Mark 'Spike' Stent, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Freeman, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmy Edgar, Producer, Programmer, ComposerLyricist - Vince Staples, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Michael Law Thomas, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - William Francis Delaney VI, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Ramona Park Is Yankee Stadium
00:00:51

Mark 'Spike' Stent, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Freeman, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Brady, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Vince Staples, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Kilo Kish, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Law Thomas, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Raymond Brady, ComposerLyricist - Chaz R. Sexton, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
Yeah Right Explicit
00:03:09

Mark 'Spike' Stent, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Sophie, Producer - Michael Freeman, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Flume, Producer, Additional Producer - Kendrick Lamar, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Harley Streten, ComposerLyricist - Laura Jane Lowther, ComposerLyricist - Vince Staples, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Samuel Long, ComposerLyricist - Kučka, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Law Thomas, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - William Francis Delaney VI, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chaz R. Sexton, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Homage Explicit
00:02:53

J. Murphy, ComposerLyricist - W. Roberts, ComposerLyricist - Mark 'Spike' Stent, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Freeman, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Lakisha Robinson, ComposerLyricist - Vince Staples, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Kilo Kish, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Zack Sekoff, Producer, Bass Guitar, Programmer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Michael Law Thomas, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - William Francis Delaney VI, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Julius Preston, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2017 Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
SAMO Explicit
00:02:54

Mark 'Spike' Stent, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Sophie, Producer - Michael Freeman, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - R. Mayers, ComposerLyricist - A$AP Rocky, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Vince Staples, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Kilo Kish, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Samuel Long, ComposerLyricist - Michael Law Thomas, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - William Francis Delaney VI, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chaz R. Sexton, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
Party People Explicit
00:02:59

Mark 'Spike' Stent, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Freeman, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Vince Staples, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Zack Sekoff, Producer, Programmer, ComposerLyricist - Michael Law Thomas, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - William Francis Delaney VI, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
BagBak Explicit
00:02:41

Mark 'Spike' Stent, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Brady, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Vince Staples, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - William Francis Delaney VI, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ken Rogers, Voice, AssociatedPerformer - Raymond Brady, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2017 Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
Rain Come Down
00:04:41

Mark 'Spike' Stent, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tyrone Griffin, ComposerLyricist - Ty Dolla $ign, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Vince Staples, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Zack Sekoff, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Michael Law Thomas, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - William Francis Delaney VI, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album review

With his 2014 powerful and greasy seven-song Hell Can Wait EP of exclusively live from the street dark hip hop, Vince Staples showed from the get-go that he was to be counted on as a future star by perfectly narrating the daily lives of outlaws. Eight months later, his first album Summertime '06 confirmed this first impression and was considered as one of the best rap albums of 2015. The following summer, Staples took it one step further with his Prima Donna EP made up of seven new ultra-dark snapshots of his City of Angels (but not only…), in which his flow and lyrics shine at every turn. Most importantly, this EP showed that the rapper knew how to reinvent himself, to the extent of collaborating with British artist James Blake on two titles… In the last few years, gangsta-rap California and its derivatives have provided a wonderfully renewed cast (from Kendrick Lamar to Schoolboy Q, YG or even DJ Mustard, the stylistic range is particularly broad), even though the main ingredients remain the same (dope, guns, sex, alcohol and unemployment). In his own distinctive way, Vince Staples reinterprets all of these rehashed conventions and gives them a unique modern feel. The street may remain the same, but its actors know how to reinvent themselves. With Big Fish Theory, which splashes down on Summer 2017, the MC from Long Beach gives us anything but a Summertime ‘06 rehash. It’s rather a natural extension or even an evolution of Prima Donna. This second album, with out-of-this-world sounds, sails through fully assumed electro seas. Minimalist sounds, sometimes edging towards Detroit’s original techno. Supported by very unique tinkers (Zack Sekoff, SOPHIE, Jimmy Edgar, GTA and even Flume!), Vince Staples and his unique story telling dive into the meanders of unprecedented sound architecture. In Alyssa Interlude, he throws in an interview of Amy Winehouse, his idol, with a sample of the Temptations’ I Wish It Would Rain. Further on, Damon Albarn lays his voice on Love Can Be… and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon lends his lyrics to Crabs In A Bucket. Big Fish Theory is filled with these more or less unexpected moments. In Homage for instance, Staples goes full on into clubbing. Obviously, the album features other prestigious albeit less surprising guests: A$AP Rocky in SAMO, Ray J, Ty Dolla Sign, Kučka, Juicy J in Big Fish, Kilo Kish, and of course the inevitable Kendrick Lamar in Yeah Right. This album leaves you stunned of an orgy of ideas that Staples was somewhat able to channel and give order to. In this regard, Big Fish Theory isn’t a child’s toy, but rather the brilliant manifest of an artist who cares little about genre conventions and makes his own rules. © MZ/Qobuz

About the album

Distinctions:

Improve album information

Qobuz logo Why buy on Qobuz...