So Flume, Kendrick Lamar, Sophie, and Vince Staples walk into a bar… or a studio... or maybe they just emailed each other some beats back-and-forth, I don’t really know for sure. I’d have paid a substantial amount of American currency to be in the room of this particular think tank, but nah, I won’t dwell. The top forces in hip hop and production assembled like Avengers and created possibly the most essential banger on Vince Staples’ new album, Big Fish Theory.

(But let’s be real here. Vince’s entire album is a banger.)



Where Flume’s and Sophie’s production begin and end is indiscernible in this militant party track. The hard beats of “Yeah Right” are hostile and gritty like the port of Long Beach (the city that serves as backdrop in all of Staples’ tracks), save for the coiling electronic ascension in the middle of the track, when female artist/singer Kučka takes over for a brief second. Vince is at his best in “Yeah Right:” snide, ironic, and frighteningly introspective as he often appears. But Kendrick pulls out all the stops, and his verse is as bombarding as the beats themselves. 

Tongue-in-cheek rapper meets the current take-no-prisoners GOAT. I can get used to Vince and Kendrick rapping together, honestly. Can we keep this going? I’ll petition.

Like I said, Vince Staples’ Big Fish Theory is a giant, and well on its way to being the hottest album of the summer, so when you’re done perusing through We Are: The Guard’s latest hot takes in tracks, you need to go bump that ish. Vince’s Soundcloud is over here.