In this increasingly interconnected era, where a wealth of information and breaking news is available at our fingertips, it's easier than ever to read something online that just really grinds your gears. Yet it wasn't all the misogynistic crap about International Women's Day or the usual rants on Facebook that really pissed me off yesterday, it was Vince Staples
setting up a fundraiser for himself asking for two million dollars.
Now of course his GoFundMe
was just a ploy to promote this new single, but it's still lame -it's the corniest gimmick since Eminem built a fake pharmaceutical ad campaign for Recovery
. Yet what's even more grating than a disingenuous fundraiser is Vince's new track itself, a childish temper-tantrum written in response to criticisms and haters that apparently only Staples can see.
From the get go, "GTFOMD" finds Staples squaring off against the world, addressing slights and attacks from critics and fans alike, and you can't help but wonder what engendered all this animosity and defensiveness. Vince claims that he's faced criticisms for the change of direction he took on Big Fish Theory
, but even a surface-level analysis of Big Fish Theory
reviews will prove this false. One of the most acclaimed releases of 2017, Big Fish Theory
received a perfect score from NME, an 8.7 from Pitchfork, and was on virtually every publication and music fan's Best Albums of 2017 list. We liked it too
. Sure it got snubbed at the Grammys, but even that complaint feels like it's coming from a place of privilege and not from someone who genuinely is struggling to get the recognition they deserve. If Staples is irked about not getting nominated at the Grammys then maybe he should talk to Kendrick Lamar about how that feels.
The problem with tracks like "GTFOMD" is that they're just boring. It's unfortunate really, because despite the fact that Staples feels like critics were attacking his new "experimental" sound, the production on "GTFOMD" is top-notch and relentlessly groovy. But it's overshadowed by weak lyrical content such as "you can keep your money, it don't do nothing for me" that flies in the face of the fact that only the day before Vince was asking others for two million dollars.
The new track and the antics of the last few days feel like a big step back for Staples after the year he had in 2017. If "GTFOMD" is the type of material he plans on releasing in the future, maybe it wouldn't hurt to pitch into his GoFundMe to get him to shut up sooner.