Last week, the young Long Beach rap insurgent Vince Staples shared “Señorita,” the first single from his official debut album Summertime ’06. With its sweeping production and its Future hook, the song initially sounded like Staples’ attempt to reach the marketplace. But the song’s brand-new video tells a different story. It’s a vivid, apocalyptic black-and-white vision about a ghetto full of poor black and Latino and white people gunned down randomly, living squalid lives and looking for meaning. There’s a Twilight Zone-level reveal at the end. This is a striking, powerful piece of work, the kind of thing that gives the song a whole new context. Ian Pons Jewell directed the video; check it out below.
Summertime ’06 is out 6/30 on Blacksmith/Artium/Def Jam.