Sasquatch! Music Festival 2016, Day 1: Vince Staples

Sasquatch, Live Reviews
05/27/2016
Jacob Webb
photos by Brittany Feenstra

Only two songs into the Long Beach rapper's performance and it was clear that the first big crowd of Sasquatch 2016 belonged to Vince Staples' ferocious sunset slot, Dressed in his usual onstage uniform of black pants and a white "Street Justice: Have A Taste", Staples breathlessly ran through cuts from his instant-classic debut Summertime '06 at a workmanlike pace for close twenty minutes, barely stopping to make his now-trademark onstage quips. (The man's Twitter feed is a veritable gold mine of quotables.) Staples has been running through this set since last summer and he's only gotten tighter, expanding the back half of his set with older cuts and his more recent collaborations (His locktight Flume collab "Smoke and Retribution" was the perfect balance to his riotous opening numbers.) Not unlike Haim in 2014 or Run The Jewels in 2015, Vince Staples is this year's undercard staple (sorry) that every festival should have, because there's no one else on the road right now who can quite pack as much fury and revelry into one relentless hour.

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