FM!

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FM!
Vince Staples FM.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 2, 2018 (2018-11-02)
GenreHip hop[1]
Length22:16
LabelDef Jam
Producer
Vince Staples chronology
Big Fish Theory
(2017)
FM!
(2018)

FM! is the third studio album by American rapper Vince Staples, released on November 2, 2018, by Def Jam Recordings.[2][3] The album is primarily produced by Kenny Beats, with further production by Hagler, Cubeatz and KillaGraham, and features guest vocals from Kamaiyah, E-40, Jay Rock, Kehlani, Earl Sweatshirt, Buddy and Tyga, among others.[4][5] The album is framed as a radio station takeover, featuring recurring skits hosted by Los Angeles radio host Big Boy.[6][7]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?7.2/10[8]
Metacritic81/100[9]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[10]
Clash6/10[11]
Consequence of SoundB+[12]
DIY4/5 stars[13]
Exclaim!8/10[14]
NME4/5 stars[15]
Now4/5[16]
Pitchfork8.2/10[17]
Q4/5 stars[18]
XXL4/5[19]

FM! was met with widespread critical acclaim. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 81, based on 15 reviews.[9] Neil Z. Yeung of AllMusic gave the album a positive review stating, "Despite FM!'s brevity, Staples jams so much into every bar that it fully satiates, all while still managing to end so abruptly that it comes as a surprise. The electrifying thrill of FM! is a triumph for the rapper who remains at the top of his game."[10] Pitchfork's Alphonse Pierre wrote, "Vince is at ease here, intertwining his personality into his somber celebration of Long Beach like never before. He's rapping his ass off, and hooks are mostly an afterthought. He dips in and out of inventive flows."[17] Chris Gibbons of XXL wrote: "FM! is definitely more centrally focused than either of those EPs [2014's Hell Can Wait and 2016's Prima Donna]. And even if this is just an off-hand project Vince recorded quickly, it's a hell of a one-off album that's full of charm and lyrical depth paired with fantastic production. Tune in."[19] NME critic Dhruva Balram said, "Each idea is significantly different from the last and this latest album is an immersive look at the grizzly realities of millions."[15] Clayton Tomlinson of Exclaim! said, "Vince has managed to not only be acerbic but entertaining on his newest release. Its only drawback is its extremely short runtime."[14] Nick Flanagan of Now concluded: "With production duties primarily hot potatoed between Hagler and Kenny Beats, the beats and feel are consistent and strong while not getting in the way of Staples' flow, which is elastic and modern without losing an inch of his clarity and bluntness."[16]

Tommy Monroe of Consequence of Sound stated that "FM! features the rapper in his raw form and representing his love for the west coast. Whether you decide to hit play in chronological order or skip around, this album will have you bobbing your head at any point. FM! is a sunny day that not even being stuck in LA traffic can ruin."[12] Will Richards from DIY stated, "While Big Fish Theory saw the rapper centre stage, relentless and omnipresent, on FM! he lets us tune in to a calmer world, one which he dips in and out of when he pleases, filling in the blanks and staying in the fast lane."[13] Shea Serrano at The Ringer called the album "smart, and biting, and funny, and challenging, and a top-level examination of the caustic (and casual) existence of violence and death in an overlooked corner of America."[1]

Accolades[edit]

Publication List Rank Ref.
AllMusic AllMusic Best of 2018 N/A
Complex 50 Best Albums of 2018
31
Consequence of Sound The Top 50 Albums of 2018
21
Flood Magazine The Best Albums of 2018
12
Highsnobiety The 25 Best Albums of 2018
15
NME Best Albums of the Year 2018
30
Noisey Noisey's 100 Best Albums of 2018
39
NPR Music The 50 Best Albums of 2018
36
Okayplayer The Best Albums of 2018
14
Pitchfork The 50 Best Albums of 2018
26
The Ringer The Best Albums of 2018
4
Rolling Stone 50 Best Albums of 2018
18
Slant Magazine The 25 Best Albums of 2018
14
Stereogum The Best Albums of 2018
14

Track listing[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[34]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Feels Like Summer"Kenny Beats2:29
2."Outside!"
  • Staples
  • Blume III
Kenny Beats2:05
3."Don't Get Chipped"
2:28
4."Relay"
  • Staples
  • Marvin Thomas
Hagler2:17
5."New EarlSweatshirt" (interlude)
Kenny Beats0:22
6."Run the Bands"
  • Staples
  • Thomas
Hagler3:08
7."Fun!"
  • Staples
  • Thomas
  • Hagler
  • Kenny Beats[b]
2:51
8."No Bleedin"
Kenny Beats2:03
9."Brand New Tyga" (interlude)Kenny Beats0:35
10."(562) 453-9382" (skit) Kenny Beats0:52
11."Tweakin'"
  • Kenny Beats
  • KillaGraham
3:06
Total length:22:16

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies transcription
  • ^[b] signifies additional production
  • "New EarlSweatshirt" is stylized as "New earlsweatshirt"
  • "Fun!" is stylized as "FUN!"

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[34]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[35] 47
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[36] 129
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[37] 44
Irish Albums (IRMA)[38] 55
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[39] 40
US Billboard 200[40] 37
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[41] 23

References[edit]

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  4. ^ Young, Alex (November 1, 2018). "Vince Staples to release album, FM!, on Friday". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved November 2, 2018.
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  11. ^ Gray, Josh (November 7, 2018). "Vince Staples – FM!". Clash. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  12. ^ a b Monroe, Tommy (November 6, 2018). "Vince Staples Shouts Out California on the Breezy FM!". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  13. ^ a b Richards, Will (November 5, 2018). "Vince Staples – FM!". DIY. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  14. ^ a b Tomlinson, Clayton (November 6, 2018). "Vince Staples: FM!". Exclaim!. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  15. ^ a b Balram, Dhruva (November 2, 2018). "Vince Staples – 'FM!' review". NME. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
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