(Bobby Carter/NPR) Despite years-long demand from our audience on YouTube, this was the perfect time for a Vince Staples Tiny Desk performance. We’ve very rarely seen him perform with a band in the past. Then there’s the sound of his new work – Kenny Beats, seen playing bass, handled the bulk of the production of the album

At the midpoint of Vince Staples’ Tiny Desk (home) concert, he gazes through the sun-soaked windows of his Hollywood Hills location and pauses. “You should see this view – I don’t live here,” he exclaims with pride. “I would never live here.” As to why he wouldn’t give in to the spoils of success and relocate to a fancy spot in the Hills or Calabasas, he explains in the lyrics of the song that follows, “THE SHINING”: I could never do it / I’m too active. That sentiment, the push-pull relationship with his North Long Beach home base, is a dominant theme of his new self-titled album, which he tells NPR is “the clearest expression yet of who he is.”

SET LIST
“LAW OF AVERAGES”
“SUNDOWN TOWN”
“THE SHINING”
“TAKE ME HOME” (featuring Fousheé)


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