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Vince Staples Taps James Blake, A$AP Rocky for ‘Prima Donna’ EP

No I.D. also contributed to six-track EP set for release later this month

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Vince Staples has recruited James Blake, No I.D. and A$AP Rocky for his upcoming 'Prima Donna' EP

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Vince Staples is following his acclaimed double-LP debut, 2015’s Summertime ’06, with the Prima Donna EP, out August 26th via Blacksmith/ARTium/Def Jam Recordings. The six-track release features production from No I.D., James Blake and DJ Dahi, along with guest spots from A$AP Rocky and Kilo Kish.

No I.D. – a frequent Staples collaborator and executive producer of Summertime ’06 – praised the rapper in a statement, calling him “an artist’s artist and a new voice for the new generation.”

Prima Donna will be accompanied by a short film conceived by Staples and directed by Nabil Elderkin, known for his work with Kanye West (“Welcome to Heartbreak,” “Mercy”), Frank Ocean (“Swim Good”), Bon Iver (“Holocene”) and Bruno Mars (“Grenade”).

Pre-orders for a limited-edition Prima Donna vinyl begin August 19th via Staples’ website. Only 5,000 copies will be available, each personally numbered and signed by the rapper.

Last year, Staples spoke to Rolling Stone about his musical path following Summertime ’06.

“I just know I never want to do the same thing twice,” he said. “I don’t care about any of this shit. I don’t care about album sales, I don’t care about the radio. I just want to do cool shit, because that’s what everybody was doing in time periods that matter. You gotta think about it: We’re about to have probably a decade or 20 years of music that no one remembers anything from. Like, who’s the rock star right now? We got Kanye West, that’s it. That’s fucking sad. There are no Mick Jaggers, no Steve Tylers, none of those fucking people. No Keith Richards. That shit doesn’t exist anymore. No fucking Jimi Hendrix.” 

Vince Staples – Prima Donna Track List

1. “War Ready”
2. “Smile”
3. “Loco” (feat. Kilo Kish)
4. “Prima Donna” feat. A$AP Rocky
5. “Pimp Hand”
6. “Big Time”

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