Vince Staples Plays Austin on "Smile, You're On Camera" Tour

Vince Staples has commenced his headlining North American tour, which kicked off in Tucson, Arizona on February 1st. The Long Beach, California native will hit a total of 37 cities across the U.S. and Canada over the next two months.
The tour supports Vince's latest album, FM!, the radio show-themed project released late last year. With opening support from Buddy, JPEGMAFIA, and PNTHN, the venture is slated to bring its mosh pit-inciting energy to cities including NYC, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Toronto, and more.

Vince landed in Austin, Texas last Friday (February 8th) to play the iconic Emo's. While JPEGMAFIA wasn't present for the Texas capital stop, the show opened with a burst of energy from PNTHN. Coming off the buzz of their latest project, RICO, The Central Texas rap collective has been making waves around the state and country.
Matching the group's energy came Compton up-and-comer, Buddy. The artist and MC adds a new flavor to rap, drawing inspiration from Pharrell Williams, Kanye West, and of course, his West Coast predecessors. Charged moments in his set through songs, like "Trippin'," and "Black," closely resembled the energy of a young Vince Staples.
But Buddy's power is in his versatility. Through more soulful, west-coast funk-infused records like "Trouble On Central," murmurs from the crowd compared him to the likes of Warren G. "I'm totally like saving all his songs to my Spotify right now," proclaimed one excited fan. Check out his full setlist below:
Buddy - Austin, TX Setlist
Underlying the "Smile, You???re On Camera" Tour is a critical commentary on the nation's current political climate. A staple in Vince's persona is his unfiltered honesty and unrelenting will to speak his mind at any cost. That demeanor is very much characterized through his performances.
Backlit by a large LED screen, the stage filled with smoke as Vince's silhouette slowly came into focus. He opened with "Feels Like Summer," a cut from his latest album.
Drawing focus to his energy and performance, Vince's set is rather stripped down. Combining monochrome backdrops with a lot of smoke produced a sleek and eerie ambiance. Playing off the tour's theme, the screen often projected large blocks of old-school television sets displaying surveillance footage.
Check it out below as Vince performs one of his older hits, "Norf Norf."
Vince Staples - "Norf Norf" Live in Dallas, TX
Just three years ago, Vince performed alongside Anderson .Paak at a free SXSW show in Austin. Now, with at least double the catalogue, Vince is able to sell out venues across the country.
"Make some noise if this is your first Vince Staples show," Vince commanded, "make some noise if it's not your first time partying with me." The room was split.
Catering to the range of fans in attendance, Vince mixed it up with older songs from projects like Summertime '06 and Prima Donna, and newer hits from projects Big Fish Theory and FM!. Check out the full setlist below:
Vince Staples - Austin, TX Setlist
Closing out the show with the bopper, "Yeah Right", Vince bid a genuine farewell to the Austin crowd:
"I'll see you next time...or maybe I'll see you never. Rest in peace to Mac Miller. Thank you so much Austin."
Vince was not only a close collaborator, but a close friend of Mac Miller. He commemorated the late MC by projecting Miller's NPR Tiny Desk performance on the stage screen.
Although Vince had left the stage, the audience remained as the clip played through in its entirety, in black-and-white. The crowd sang along in celebration of the artist who had graced that very same stage many times before.
To catch Vince in your city, check out tickets here, and stay tuned to for more tour updates.
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Last updated: 17 Feb 2019, 16:42 Etc/UTC