Most people look back at the summers of their youth as a dreamy mix of beach trips, bike rides and puppy-love crushes. But rapper Vince Staples, on his debut full-length Summertime '06, has different memories: running from police, dead bodies in alleys, gang ­tattoos (and thus gang beefs) out in the open thanks to the stifling heat. It's an ­uncompromising vision of his Long Beach, Calif., upbringing, one packed with enough dour details and bigger-picture philosophizing to fill an hourlong album.

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