Vince Staples has dropped his latest single, Rose Street, off his upcoming fifth studio album Ramona Park Broke My Heart - and we can't wait to see what this genius west side rapper has blessed us with this time. The Long Beach native has given us hit after hit, so we are hopeful Romona Park will be no different. I mean, remember Summertime '06? 'Nuf said. Keep scrolling for everything we know so far.
Not only was the single released, but Staples also shared the album artwork and a promising release date for the upcoming album. Rose Street was also released alongside a short visual of the rapper looking out at the Pacific Ocean while sitting atop a bed of rocks. The single follows Staples' track Magic featuring Mustard, which he later stated encapsulated the overall vibe of Ramona Park. His last two albums, FM! and Vince Staples, were made around similar times. The artist explained, "I was in a similar state of mind. I'm still working through things and the questions that life poses. This album will make even more sense if you heard the previous one," he vowed. And we definitely did, so we're stoked.
So, what is Ramona Park, and why did it break Vince Staples' heart? The California-born rapper explained the title is an ode to the Ramona Park neighborhood in Long Beach, where the artist grew up. "It's symbolic of home," Staples said regarding the album. "And everyone has a home. Even though it's very personal to me, everyone can relate to it. That's why I thought it would work for this chapter." He adds that he explored the "utility of home" with this album and what that means to him. We all have that one neighborhood near and dear to the soul, so we get it and thank Staples for taking us on his journey.
The upcoming album, Ramona Park Broke My Heart, tells the story of the rapper's growth through the years. The long-awaited drop is set to be released on April 8. Until then, we'll be listening to Norf Norf on repeat.