Vince Staples is giving fans plenty to “smile” about today. The Long Beach rapper’s new EP, Prima Donna, doesn’t officially release until tomorrow, but he generously premiered the whole thing a day early on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 radio show.
The six-track EP is Staples’s first project since his debut album, Summertime ’06, dropped last June. Along with production from James Blake, the EP also features guest contributions from A$AP Rocky and Kilo Kish.
"I worked hard on it,” Staples told Lowe about Prima Donna. “On just trying to have stories to tell people. Honesty is easy. The stories — that’s the hard part.”
Among the EP’s standout tracks is “Smile”, which Lowe picked as his “World Record” selection. An ambitious, psychedelic-sounding cut, “Smile” features a fuzzy guitar hook and Staples’s playful wordplay as he shows off his vulnerable side: “How you doing everybody hope you had a nice day / Sometimes I feel all alone, sometimes I can’t get away / I feel my life is in danger every night when I lay / So could you do me a favor, smile for me?”
Prima Donna is available now on iTunes and is also available to stream via Apple Music.