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Vince Staples Says Will Smith Slapping Chris Rock Inspired Him to Drop 'Rose Street' Video

The 94th Academy Awards became the talk of social media on Monday (March 28) when Will Smith smacked Chris Rock on live television. Smith was upset about a joke that the comedian made about Jada Pinkett's hair.

She shaved almost all of her head bald because of her struggles with alopecia, a condition that causes hair loss. Both Pinkett and Smith found the joke offensive, so he took care of it - Big Willie Style. While Twitter and Instagram exploded with memes, jokes, and reactions, Vince Staples was unable to resist commenting as well.

“STOP PLAYIN WIT THE FRESH PRINCE DEAD HOMIES,” he tweeted, before adding, “Will Smith inspired me man let me drop this video.”

Roughly an hour later, Vince Staples delivered the video for “Rose Street,” his latest from his forthcoming Ramona Park Broke My Heart album. The project serves as the follow-up to Staples’ 2021 critically acclaimed self-titled LP that introduced fans to his hometown of Long Beach as well as his personal friends and family.

Kenny Beats produced the entire album, which features the previously released single "Magic." On "Rose Street," Staples doesn't begin rapping until about 50 seconds into the song. Besides a shot of the Pacific Ocean, there's also a shot of Staples perched atop a cluster of graffiti-covered rocks scattered along the beach.

“I’m married to the game, don’t be playing games,” he spits. “Only bringing flowers to the homies graves/She said she’s in love, what’s that? (love)/Trust, what’s that? (love)/Us, what’s that?/I’m married to the money, don’t be playing games.”

Ramona Park Broke My Heart is set for release on April 8. In the meantime, check out "Rose Street" below.


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