On September 23rd, Long Beach rapper Vince Staples will follow up his recent Shyne Coldchain Vol. 2 mixtape with his Def Jam debut, Hell Can Wait. Already we’ve heard the distressing lead single, “Blue Suede”; today, Staples offers his perspective on the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri with “Hands Up”.
On the scale of protest songs, Staples’ latest definitely falls on the side of outright anger and vitriol. Backed by the whirl of police sirens, Staples drops vicious line after vicious line about the inadequacy of his own local police department. At one point, he manages to make his outrage sound almost catchy, with the refrain “LBPD, no they ain’t bout shit/ LAPD, no they ain’t bout shit/ LASD, no they ain’t bout shit/ Ridin’ round these streets givin’ out full clips.” The song may not be about the Ferguson PD specifically, but the vexation and disgust Staples holds for police brutality is essentially universal.
Spotify users can listen in below.