December is my favorite time of year for music. All the zeitgeists, listicles, best-ofs... It's a music enthusiast's heaven, especially when you get turned onto artists like Vince Staples.
I'm late to the game, for sure. Vince's first official EP, Hell Can Wait, was released in October on Def Jam. What followed was a slew of critical acclaim (including a Best New Music crowning from Pitchfork).
The EP is packed with bravado, both sonically and lyrically. His controversial song, "Hands Up," received the majority of attention. However, after exploring the EP thoroughly (per the recommendation of a variety listicles), I believe that "Limos" deserves a shoutout as well.
"Limos" gets a serious treatment from Hagler, a famous Toronto producer, and heavy bars from Staples. The lyricism, content and delivery are all end-of-year worthy.