Label: Def Jam Recordings
Released: November 2

Tough. That’s the most accurate word I can use to describe Vince Staples’ self-described “buffer” between albums, FM!. Filled to the brim with California-based artists (Kehlani, Jay Rock, Ty Dolla Sign, E-40) and producers (shout-out Kenny Beats), the project sounds like C-walking with the homies on a crisp summer night in Long Beach. But just like the nights in Cali can run cold, so too do Vince’s bars. When you take the time to listen to what Vince is actually rapping about—murder, murder, and more murder—it becomes less of a party and more of a deep reflection on how our society functions. At 22 minutes, FM! is just long enough to vibe out to but short enough that you’ll be itching to hit play again as soon as it finishes. Thank you for being respectful of our time, Vince. —Kiana Fitzgerald