Vince Staples Announces New Album “Dark Times,” Set for Release on May 24

Vince Staples is set to release his sixth full-length studio album, “Dark Times,” this Friday, May 24, via Def

Vince Staples Announces New Album “Dark Times,” Set for Release on May 24

Vince Staples is set to release his sixth full-length studio album, “Dark Times,” this Friday, May 24, via Def Jam. Announced on May 20, the 13-track album promises a profound exploration of themes that have pervaded Staples’ work over the past decade. Known for his dense lyricism and lush, layered beats, Staples’ latest effort is described as both muscular and revelatory. It combines melancholic observations with moments of light, painting a vivid picture of life’s complexities.

“Dark Times” was teased with the introspective single “Shame on the Devil.” The track’s video, a contemplative 50-second split-screen, shows Staples delivering his poignant verses alongside the shadows of a family conflict. With lyrics like, “Shame on the devil/ I’m touched by an angel/ The lord made me special,” Staples delves into personal and societal struggles. He described the song as a significant personal achievement, reflecting his growth in mastering musical and structural elements.

The album, recorded over seven months in North Hollywood, was named intuitively by Staples after recognizing the recurring heavy motifs. The stark black-and-white album cover, featuring Staples with eyes closed in deep thought, symbolizes the imminent threats faced by the Black community. This album follows 2022’s “Ramona Park Broke My Heart” and comes after the debut of his Netflix series, “The Vince Staples Show.”

“Dark Times” promises to be a significant addition to Staples’ discography, showcasing his evolving artistry and deepening insight into the human condition.

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