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Long Beach rapper Vince Staples discusses creating art for art's sake — and being inspired by Madonna and Duran Duran

Long Beach rapper Vince Staples discusses creating art for art's sake — and being inspired by Madonna and Duran Duran

First, regarding the title of Long Beach rapper Vince Staples’ new record, “Big Fish Theory”: The moniker does not refer to any particular doctrine or a chalkboard full of equations.

“It comes from something that I experienced as a child, which became several realizations as I got older,” Staples said last week, on the eve of the June 23 release day.

That’s all Staples, 23, wants to say about it — except that for him the title doesn’t have anything to do with the adage about being a big fish in a small pond.

“It represents whatever the listener hears,” he explained, “because my art is open for interpretation and it’s up to people to figure out what they want from...

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