Words By Marky Mark
Vince Staples has a specific kind of humor. I get it. I had a smirk on my face watching him talk to MTV about hip-hop in 2015, as he clearly had tongue firmly in cheek. But I’m a smartass by nature. I’m not so sure if Lil’ Wayne, Ghostface, Nore, or Meek will be slapping their knees with tears coming down their faces once they peep the video.
First, his feelings on how Birdman, Jr. took to Twitter to vent his frustration about Birdman, Sr. “Lil Wayne is too old to use Twitter, and when you’re too old to use Twitter you use it poorly. That’s what happened there,” Vince said. “And they kissed on Rap City. All love stories come to a sad end.” Staples said he loves Wayne though, right after he compared Wayne and Baby’s soap opera to Titanic. Do with that what you will.
It’s been a long year so you may not remember Action Bronson vs. Ghostface Killah and how Ghost took to YouTube to do what Ghost does best: Talk sh*t over soul records. Vince also pins that one squarely on Tony Starks being old.
“That kind of falls back into too old for Twitter, but this goes into too old for the Internet,” the Long Beach lyricist stated. “You know he didn’t put up that video by himself. For one, he doesn’t know how, because I don’t even know how.”
Vince also spoke on his “beef” with ‘90s hip-hop, specifically the Twitter dispute he and N.O.R.E. got into. “N.O.R.E’s too old for Twitter. N.O.R.E thought that he was speaking to me directly,” recalled Vince. “He was like, ‘I didn’t even know what a D.M. was.’”
Sensing a pattern? To Vince, anyone over the age of 30 shouldn’t be using Twitter OR the Internet. It’ll just make the world a safer, more peaceful place since he says all rappers want to do is “act tough” and questions why anyone over 30 would even want to be bothered with Twitter.
But when he got on the subject of Wale and Meek and the inner turmoil that Rozay believes is all media hype and misconfusion, he got serious and a little insightful.
“It’s a record label. All labels have drama. It’s like having a football team where everyone plays quarterback.”
That’s probably the most apt analogy for hip-hop crews and hip-hop labels that I’ve ever heard. Even when Vince is being a bit of a troll, he can still drop a gem or two. I just hope it doesn’t cost him a tooth or two.