By Trévaris Hardy
Last Week, Long Beach native, Vince Staples paid a visit to the ATL at Center Stage as a part of his Life Aquatic Tour. Staples is known for collaborating with other independent California acts such as Odd Future’s Earl Sweatshirt and Mike G and his unique style that gives a moody and eerie feel.
To set the mood before his performance, the venue’s stage screened the film “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou” (2004) but in reverse as a clever nod to his tour of the same name. Kilo Kish, a new artist to the scene who’s made guest appearances on several of Staples’ albums including ”Summertime ‘06” and “Prima Donna,” opened the show with her own original music. Reading the crowd, Kish’s artsy music and visuals were hard to digest, but overall wasn’t bad.
Staple’s set lasted about an hour and a half, and went through his repertoire of fan favorites including “Senorita”, “Bag Bak” and closed out with the song that shot Staples in to the hip-hop stratosphere and garnered 15 million views on YouTube, “Norf Norf”. Staples is anticipated to drop his latest album, “Big Fish Theory” later this year.