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Vince Staples' sprawling double album 'Summertime '06' is relentlessly gritty

Vince Staples deals in pessimism, for good reason. The Long Beach, Calif., rapper has seen a lot of violence and despair in his 21 years. He'll tell you about it, too, in unflinching clarity that few artists his age possess. There’s little, if any, hope in his music. Yet even with the darkness...

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