Fresh off his GoFundMe campaign to go away for $2 million, the Long Beach rapper proves he’s actually a long way from finished.
When the lights dimmed and the curtains opened at The Novo in Los Angeles on Monday night (March 18), an anxious crowd were met with a giant digital clock that started counting down from 7:15. “Wow, are we really going to wait for SEVEN minutes for him to come out?”
The answer was, yes. Yes, of course. Once the clock hit zero, Vince Staples charged on stage with the first few bars of “BagBak.” Armed with a bulletproof vest, he moved nimbly and energetically as he stared down the audience. He was coming for vengeance.
Less than a week ago, Staples started a GoFundMe campaign, in which he promised to “shut the fuck up forever” if the goal of $2 million was achieved (at the time of publication, barely $2000 was donated). The catalyst for this was alleged complaints about Staples’ live show, citing low energy and production values. While Staples was passive-aggressive in his GoFundMe video, on stage at the Novo, the rapper seemed to have harnessed the critiques, and the result was one of the best performances of Staples I have personally seen.