It has come to our attention that a lot of peopler are wondering, who is the rapper from the Sprite commercial? Well we're here to answer that question and elaborate (just a little) about, none other than, Vince Staples. This is not the first time Vince Staples has appeared in a Sprite ad, however, he has now taken it to the next level with Tweets and shows for the drink company. The campaign is gaining him all sorts of attention which has led to questions around his past, where he is from, and if he is a crip. We plan to unpack all that below, but first, hit play on the image above and listen to Vince Staples' music from his new album Big Fish Theory.
Born Vincent Jamal Staples, he is an American rapper and a member of Cutthroat Boyz – a hip hop group that also includes Aston Matthews and Joey Fatts. As an avid "fan" of Sprite, his sponsorship with the the Coca-Cola company has resulted in a slew of Tweets and some entertaining video content. Before we dive into that, let's take a closer look at all things Vince Staples and iron out any wrinkling questions rolling around this hills of your mind.
Where is Vince Staples From?
Vince Staples comes from the Ramona Park area of North Long Beach, California. Long beach has also been called home by Snoop Dogg, Sublime and Warren G.
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Is Vince Staples a Crip?
Vince Staples' music is distinct and stands out among the genre, with a background that's different to a lot of his peers, it becomes apparent why. In his teenage years, Vince Staples was a member of the Crips. In an interview with The Guardian, Vince opens up about his former obsession with violence. He states, "I started gangbanging because I wanted to kill people. I wanted to hurt people. There’s no reason: it’s a bloodthirst" (refreshing, like Sprite.) He details his time as a teen in a gang in his debut album, Summertime '06. In his newer music he moves away from this theme as can be seen on Big Fish Theory.
Vince Staples' Twitter
In Staples' latest ad with Sprite, which you can watch below, the rapper greets a 'random teenager' and then gives him a Sprite, making sure the kid drinks it in a way that displays the logo. It's a pretty cool ad but that's not where it ends – we're pretty certain that the rapper has gone way over his contractual obligation by about 100 Tweets.
Vince Staple's Sprite Ad
Vince Staples has also sung about Sprite in his song "Rain Come Down." This artist has no qualms about being overtly sponsored, and with his skills in handling online critics, it's no wonder why.
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