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Prima Donna

Vince Staples

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The second EP from Long Beach rapper Vince Staples, Prima Donna is a concise and intense ride that follows his 2015 breakout album, Summertime '06. Featuring appearances from A$AP Rocky and Kilo Kish, Prima Donna combines Staples' uncomfortably honest inner ruminations with wider social issues relevant to being a black man in America. As he declares on the second track, reality is so dire, one has to be "War Ready." Immediately following on "Smile," he repeats "sometimes I feel like giving up," the psychological toll of life pushing him to the point of "sometimes I wanna kill myself." It's a sobering slice of vulnerability from the young rapper. He jumps from helpless to hopeful -- often within the same song -- but remains hungry throughout. With production by DJ Dahi, John Hill, No I.D., and James Blake (on the OutKast-sampling "War Ready"), Prima Donna is an essential snapshot of 2016 that bears witness to the evolution of an artist coming into his own with an unflinching, socially conscious perspective.
© Neil Z. Yeung /TiVo

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1
Let It Shine
00:00:42

Vince Staples, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Casey Cuayo, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Law Thomas, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc. (ARTium Recordings)

2
War Ready
00:02:34

Antwan Patton, ComposerLyricist - André Benjamin, ComposerLyricist - James Blake, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Vince Staples, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Derek "MixedByAli" Ali, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Casey Cuayo, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Law Thomas, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc. (ARTium Recordings)

3
Smile
00:04:20

John Hill, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Steve Wyreman, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - D. Natche, ComposerLyricist - DJ Dahi, Producer - Vince Staples, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Derek "MixedByAli" Ali, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Casey Cuayo, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Law Thomas, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc. (ARTium Recordings)

4
Loco
00:04:18

John Hill, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Lakisha Robinson, ComposerLyricist - D. Natche, ComposerLyricist - DJ Dahi, Producer - Vince Staples, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Kilo Kish, FeaturedArtist - Derek "MixedByAli" Ali, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Casey Cuayo, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Law Thomas, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Olga Aguilar, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2016 Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc. (ARTium Recordings)

5
Prima Donna
00:03:29

R. Mayers, ComposerLyricist - A$AP Rocky, FeaturedArtist - D. Natche, ComposerLyricist - DJ Dahi, Producer - Vince Staples, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Derek "MixedByAli" Ali, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Casey Cuayo, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Law Thomas, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Olga Aguilar, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2016 Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc. (ARTium Recordings)

6
Pimp Hand
00:02:49

Ernest Wilson, ComposerLyricist - No ID, Producer - Vince Staples, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Derek "MixedByAli" Ali, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Casey Cuayo, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Law Thomas, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc. (ARTium Recordings)

7
Big Time
00:03:31

Joshua Smith, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - James Blake, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Vince Staples, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Derek "MixedByAli" Ali, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Louie Gomez, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc. (ARTium Recordings)

Album Description

The second EP from Long Beach rapper Vince Staples, Prima Donna is a concise and intense ride that follows his 2015 breakout album, Summertime '06. Featuring appearances from A$AP Rocky and Kilo Kish, Prima Donna combines Staples' uncomfortably honest inner ruminations with wider social issues relevant to being a black man in America. As he declares on the second track, reality is so dire, one has to be "War Ready." Immediately following on "Smile," he repeats "sometimes I feel like giving up," the psychological toll of life pushing him to the point of "sometimes I wanna kill myself." It's a sobering slice of vulnerability from the young rapper. He jumps from helpless to hopeful -- often within the same song -- but remains hungry throughout. With production by DJ Dahi, John Hill, No I.D., and James Blake (on the OutKast-sampling "War Ready"), Prima Donna is an essential snapshot of 2016 that bears witness to the evolution of an artist coming into his own with an unflinching, socially conscious perspective.
© Neil Z. Yeung /TiVo

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