A stand-out verse on Earl Sweatshirt’s “EPAR” really helped get Vince Staples a solid start in the music business. All the buzz surrounding Earl and the Odd Future collective only turned new people to that said verse, although it didn’t lead to him being an official member of the group, a claim Tyler, The Creator felt like talking about several times, even stating that there are no affiliates. Then Vince dropped Shyne Coldchain Vol. 1 in January of 2012 that featured the stand out “Taxi.” Later in the year, he and producer Michael Uzowuru really made waves with their Winter In Prague EP, known for the grittiness in the lyrics and darkness in the production. Now, he’s at a¬†pivotal¬†point in his career with his upcoming Tales Of A Stolen Youth EP that Mac Miller is producing entirely. It’s just the type of project that can take him to the next level and, hopefully, secure a major label deal that he’s keen on getting when the right situation comes.

Sitting down with Sermon’s Domain before his show at The Vera Project in Seattle, Vince Staples discussed how the title for Winter In Prague happened, why he didn’t release the song he did for the “Mattress” beat, how he got the opportunity to have Mac Miller produce the entire Tales Of A Stolen Youth EP, three features on it, signing to a major vs. being independent and more.

How Michael Uzowuru came up with the title for Winter In Prague (0:08)
Why he didn’t release the song he did over the beat for “Mattress” (0:41)
How he got the opportunity to have Mac Miller produced his whole upcoming EP, Tales Of A Stolen Youth (1:04)
What he feels Mac brings to the project production wise (1:27)
His thoughts on putting out free music all the time (1:57)
Reveals Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul & Joey Fattz on the EP (2:18)
If there are any artists or producers he wants to work with (2:36)
Signing to a major vs. being independent (3:10)