Vince Staples shares details of final Def Jam album, ‘Dark Times’


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Vince Staples has shared details of his new album ‘Dark Times’, confirmed to be his final release on Def Jam Records.

The news comes with the release of the first single from the project ‘Shame On The Devil’ — along with a 50-second music video.

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Stapes discussed the new project with a post on Instagram, writing: “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,” he continues. “Ten years and seven projects later, I’ve found that clarity. Now, I share with you my final Def Jam release, Dark Times.”

‘Dark Times’, which is set to drop this Friday (May 24), follows his 2022 release ‘Ramona Park Broke My Heart’.

Since his last solo album, Staples has worked with Earl Sweatshirt and the Alchemist on ‘The Caliphate’ and again in 2023 with the Alchemist on ‘Lonnie P’.

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Earlier this year saw the release of The Vince Staples Show, a co-written Netflix series from the artist with Ian Edelman and Maurice Williams.

Staples will be on tour across the UK and Europe next month starting in Cologne on June 4 and through to Berlin, Manchester, London and more. Get tickets here.

Listen to Vince Staples’ new track ‘Shame On The Devil’ below and pre-order the album here.

Becky Buckle is Mixmag’s Multimedia Editor, follow her on Twitter

Written by: Tim Hopkins

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