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This is exactly what we need to end the summer on a high.

It’s been a year since Long Beach emcee Vince Staples released his acclaimed Summer ’06 album, but he’s back with a new project.

Vince announced the arrival of his forthcoming EP, Prima Donna, on Instagram. The six-track EP features guest appearances from A$AP Rocky and Kilo Kish, and production by DJ Dahi, James Blake, and legendary producer No ID.

In an interview with The FADER, Vince described the concept behind Prima Donna in detail:

“With production from NoID, James Blake, and DJ Dahi, the six-song set starts with a rap star killing himself and concludes with him first coming to fame. You’re meant to be able to play it front-to-back or back-to-front. Either way, it’s a chaotic fusion of warped soul, distorted hooks, and extraterrestrial demonic spirituals. The tentative release date is sometime this summer.

If trap turned self-destruction into the contemporary party soundtrack, Staples’s music details that party getting shot up, the getaway of the killers, and the retaliatory search party that sets off in pursuit. It respects both the one who got shot and the shooter. ‘Prima Donna’ represents his greatest artistic leap forward: it’s a hyper-musical fusillade of sounds that could be described as psychedelic gangsta rap blues that you could play at 2 a.m. at an underground rave.”

Prima Donna will be available on August 26. Check out the tracklisting below.

Vince Staples — Prima Donna EP Tracklisting

1. War Ready

2. Smile

3. Loco feat. Kilo Kish

4. Prima Donna feat. A$AP Rocky

5. Pimp Hand

6. Big Time


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