Union Transfer was packed at maximum capacity Monday night. The cold weather could not stop Philadelphia’s Hip-Hop heads from coming out in full force to see the rising sensation, Vince Staples. Fans patiently began lining up at 6:00 PM along Spring Garden Street when the doors did not even open until 7:30. Let alone the fact that Vince Staples was not even suppose to go on for another three hours. It was very evident from the get go just how loyal and appreciative Vince’s fan base is of him.
At only 23 years old, the rapper from Long Beach, California is making major strides in the industry. Already backed by the legendary Andre 3000 as well as other Cali superstars like ScHoolboy Q and Earl Sweatshirt, Vince Staples is primed for success. After being featured on the XXL Freshman class of 2015, Vince dropped his debut studio album, Summertime ’06. The album gained tons of attention and finally got Vince on the map. Flash forward a year and Vince had released his latest EP, Prima Donna. A short but powerful tape that dives into the adversity that Vince faces of being an African-American male in today’s society while dealing with stardom. The fame that Vince had gained was clearly noticeable Monday night, as fans rushed to the stage ready for a memorable performance.
The clock struck 9:30 and from the darkness, Vince hopped out onto the stage to get the crowd rocking immediately. Leading off with his hit single, “Prima Donna”, featuring A$AP Rocky sent fans in a frenzy. Weaving in and out of tracks from his debut album, Summertime ’06 had the crowd singing along to every single word. Hits like his Future assisted track, “Senorita“, created pure madness among the spectators as Vince bounced around on stage. While also taking to the microphone stand to recite his more serious ballads like, “Birds and Bees“. As if this show did not already have a little bit of something for everyone; lasers and fog lights set the tempo for the EDM medley on his featured songs “Little Bit of This“, “Smoke & Retribution” and “With You“.
Vince finally finished up the set with everyone’s personal favorite “Blue Suede” as well as his latest banger, “BagBak“. After exiting the stage, the rapper received an enormous approval from the crowd chanting for an encore. Vince did not let them down and came back out to finish out the show with two of his signature tracks “Norf Norf” and “Summertime“. I am not too sure when we will be getting our next dosage of new Vince; but the Cali rapper has shown tremendous promise that whatever it is next will certainly be another hit.