The coming battle over rap album lengths

When emcee Vince Staples released his self-titled fourth album this summer, the introspective project continued Staples’ path as a picture painter with vivid lyrics about his upbringing in Long Beach, California. The most surprising aspect of the album was how short it was. With only 10 songs clocking in at just over 20 minutes in length and with a singular producer in Kenny Beats, the album harked back to a golden era of rap when shorter albums were commonplace and quality was prioritized over quantity.

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