VINCE STAPLES: O2 FORUM – CONCERT REVIEW
WRITTEN BY KARAN TELI
Vince Staples performed at the 02 Forum in Kentish Town. Luckily, as you can tell from the above picture, I was front row. I had a perfect view of the stage and Vince Staples. No 6’4 guy with an Afro was in my way blocking my view (we’ve all been there).
‘Vince is a better performer than expected.’ That was the general consensus I got from other fans I spoke to after the show. The stage setup was simple, yet aesthetically pleasing. The background behind him remained solid; the colour a mixture between orange and red. Throughout the show, Vince was almost seen as a black silhouette performing, unless he came to the very front of the stage. The background changed once, during the performance 745, one of the standout songs from the set, when it became a country road, as shown in the photo below.
Aesthetics aside, Vince put on a great show. The set list had moments of complete hype, such as the Future-sampled Senorita, the bumping and energetic Yeah Right, which happened to be the best song of the night for me and crowd favourite and show closer Norf Norf. But, the set list, much like Vince’s albums, took a break from the hype and energy as we were introduced to performances of Vince’s slower, more melodic songs, like Lemme Know, Love Can Be and Rain Come Down. The difference in moods, also allowing the audience to gather a breather before it’s time to exert more energy made me believe the show would be fun for someone who wasn’t just a Hip-Hop. One fan I stood next too told me she only listens to classical, Neo soul and R&B music, never Hip-Hop, unless it’s Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar or Vince Staples. That’a pretty royal company. She looked like she had a good time, as did the 2000 other people in attendance.
Bravo to Vince Staples; I’m happily going to add this ticket to my collection.