In promotion of his forthcoming new album Big Fish Theory, Long Beach rapper Vince Staples stopped by The Daily Show to speak with Trevor Noah last night. The two discussed Staples’ album, Afrofuturism, betta fish, and Sprite.
Noah began by asking Staples the meaning behind his new album’s name, to which Staples gave an ambiguous answer: “With my music, I don’t ever want to tell somebody exactly what it’s about, because it’s whatever it means to them. That’s up to the listener to decide.” Staples also explained to Noah the betta fish he gave away at his recent listening party. Discussing the fish’s short lifespan, Staples said, “You have to teach your children about loss.” Noah replied with the compliment, “You’re going to be a great dad.” They also talked about Afrofuturism and how Staples just used that word to describe his album because he “like[s] saying stuff about black people to white people.” Really, he just wants to educate and spread the word about artists like Grace Jones. They closed the segment on the subject of Staples’ love for Sprite with Noah being cautious to believe about a so-called Staples Sprite collab that’s apparently “going to be delicious.”
Staples is first-and-foremost popular for his terrific music, but he’s also become a comedic favorite. For example, GQ has shared several viral videos of Staples hilariously reviewing things from memes to healthy food snacks.
Staples has shared three singles from his soon-to-be-released album: “BagBak,” “Big Fish,” and “Rain Come Down” featuring Ty Dolla $ign. Big Fish Theory follows up 2016’s Prima Donna EP and 2015’s Summertime ’06. The album drops on June 23rd — pre-order it here. You can also catch Staples on tour with the Gorillaz. Check out the tour dates and ticket information here, as well as their collaborative track “Ascension” from Gorillaz’ new album Humanz.