A sold out and very youthful crowd filled Saturn Birmingham in Birmingham, Alabama on April 4th as Vince Staples brought "The Life Aquatic Tour" to the venue. The Long Beach native and hip-hop star had played the venue in the Magic City once before, but this time he came back with a much bigger and much more elaborate production.
Staples has made his name in hip-hop as a member of the Cutthroat Boyz, his association with the likes of Odd Future, and his critically acclaimed releases, "Summertime '06" and "Prima Donna". These have all combined to produce a dedicated base of supporters, and they were the ones that packed Saturn Birmingham for the performance.
Staples mentioned his previous stop at the venue, which was rather bare bones and minimalist in terms of production. This stop, though, reflected his rising status in hip-hop as a giant LED screen spanned the length of the stage and an elaborate lighting set-up illuminated the performance.
The production added a great deal of atmosphere to the most important aspects of the show, Staples' flow, rhymes, and beats. They all meshed to produce a fantastic visual and audio experience for anyone witnessing what was being displayed.
I don't get to photograph a lot of hip-hop, but I am always down for when I get the chance to document the genre. It is an added treat when I get to capture the performance of someone as talented as Staples. He gets the performance and live experience side of things, and that is critical in today's entertainment climate.
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