Willamette Weekend: Vince Staples, First Aid Kit and 9 Other Things To Do and See in Portland, Jan. 26-28
Tyler the Creator and Vince Staples already had good things going for them before last year. Tyler had moved on from his blood-and-guts-obsessed early days, instead vying to match the compositional eclecticism of his idols Pharrell and Roy Ayers. Vince Staples, meanwhile, has emerged as the sharpest young commentator in rap, packing both his verses and tweets with valuable insights. Enter Flower Boy and Big Fish Theory, their respective 2017 albums. The former brings Tyler’s maturation full circle, while The latter finds Vince saying more with fewer words, sloganeering and prophesying over Detroit-house-inspired beats.