Vince Staples Talks About Drowning, Drugs, and Joy Division With Nardwuar

When watching one of Nardwuar’s interviews, it’s hard not to be impressed with the insane amount of research that must go into these questions. Sure, there’s always plenty zaniness, but much of that comes from his interviewee’s utter surprise at the left field questions the Human Serviette comes up with.

Vince Staples, however, is more than a worthy adversary for the fantastically unorthodox interviewer. A total non-sequitur like “Vince Staples, did a wave pool cause you to piss your pants?” doesn’t even throw him off for a second. Instead, he calmly acknowledges how he did indeed pee himself when he nearly drowned as a kid—with Ja Rule and Ashanti’s “Always On Time” playing in his head, no less.

Nardwuar brings plenty of other surprises, like a copy of frequent collaborator No I.D.’s 1997 solo record Accept Your Own and Be Yourself (The Black Album) and a picture disc of Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart.” That last item gets the biggest response out of Staples, as the Long Beach rapper unabashedly fans out over the British post-punk band.

There’s plenty of other gems to get through before Staples says goodbye with some words of wisdom: “Don’t do drugs. Go to college. If you can’t pay for it, try to get a student loan. Figure out one of these grant programs. Enhance your education. Enhance your mind. Stay off the streets. That gangbangin’ shit is corny. Drugs is corny. True Religion jeans have never been stylish.”

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