Vince Staples’ adolescence and all the uninformed opinions that come with it has made the young MC an overnight media darling. The Long Beach, California native’s critically acclaimed debut album, Summertime ’06, only peaked at No. 39 on the Billboard Charts but the candid nature of his interviews has been garnering the burgeoning artist much press. A few weeks ago, he went to war with Noreaga on Twitter after claiming that 90s Hip-Hop gets too much praise and he recently went on record alleging that “there is no such thing” as a hit [song].”
For his latest trick, GQ had the 22-year-old rapper review the 20 years worth of their “Men of the Year” features and given the fact he was but a tyke when many of them were released, nothing but hilarity ensued from the critiques.
After failing to recognize The Practice star Dylan McDermott and likening Tom Hanks solely for his role as “Forrest Gump,” Staples perked up when he saw of Michael Jordan clutching a basketball with a cigar in his mouth, looking rather “filthy.”
“Michael Jordan’s such a scumbag,” he said with a grin. “I love ‘em. Michael Jordan and Donald Trump are the same kind of person. Michael Jordan, Donald Trump, they are the epitome of bad people in America becoming successful.”
The year 2003 also marked the last time the name Ja Rule would hold any weight in Hip-Hop conversation and Staples reminisced on what used to be when the Murda Inc. rapper’s photo-op came up.
“When I see an image of Ja Rule next to a burning car, it just signifies what 50 Cent did to one of my favorite rappers and it just hurts my heart,” he quipped. Staples also went out his way to slander FOX’s Empire when he saw what he called was a top two GQ cover of all-time depicting George Clooney, Harrison Ford and Chris Rock together.
“Why is Chris Rock on Empire?,” he asked. “[They] gotta stop doing that to the Black community. [They] might as well bring crack back.”
Nothing but straight jokes ahead. Watch the video interview below.