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Vince Staples Announces Final Def Jam Album, “Dark Times”

Vince Staples recently announced that he will be releasing his final album with Def Jam later this week. In a reflective Instagram post on Sunday, he revealed that the title of the project is “Dark Times,” shedding light on his experiences with the label.

His post on IG read,

“Eleven years ago, a young, uncertain version of myself was given an opportunity with Def Jam Recordings,” “I released my first project under their banner, Shyne Coldchain Vol 2, a year later. I was unsure of what to expect from the world of music but deeply aware of what I needed: a change in my surroundings and a clear understanding of self. Ten years and seven projects later, I’ve found that clarity. Now, I share with you my final Def Jam release, Dark Times.”

He announced that the project will be released on Friday, May 24th. “Dark Times” will be Staples’ first album since 2022’s “Ramona Park Broke My Heart.”. During this time, he has been focused on his new Netflix series, “The Vince Staples Show,”  which premiered on the streaming service back in February.

In response to the new announcement, several fans urged him not to forget about the series as he shifts his focus back to music.

“Dark Times” comes after the rapper spoke about Drake’s and Kendrick Lamar’s beef earlier this month, emphasizing that more people should pay attention to what’s happening behind the scenes in the music industry and how those changes are negatively affecting the black community.

The album has been previewed with a new single, “Shame on the Devil,”  which has an accompanying music video. The full song is over three minutes long, while the video shows Staples rapping on a split screen for 50 seconds.

Additionally, the rapper has shared the track list for the record, which includes songs such as “Close Your Eyes and Swing,”  “Government Cheese,”  “Liars,”  “Nothing Matters,”  and “Why Won’t the Sun Come Out?”.

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