Buddy is the best reason to be early for Vince Staples’ Tampa show

The Compton rappers play The Ritz Ybor City on February 13.

click to enlarge Buddy, who plays The Ritz in Ybor City, Florida on February 13, 2019. - Dan Regan
Dan Regan
Buddy, who plays The Ritz in Ybor City, Florida on February 13, 2019.

Travis Scott may be fresh off the Super Bowl and set to headline Tampa’s big hip-hop arena show of the spring, but don’t sleep on this one from outspoken Compton rapper Vince Staples, whose feature-laden third LP, FM!, plays like a move toward the mainstream that doesn’t compromise on the 25-year-old’s spitfire wordplay and left-of-center themes like black power and street violence.

Fans might want to get to the venue early, too, since another young Compton rapper, Buddy, is set to open in support of a debut LP, Harlan & Alondra, which inspired the New York Times to call Buddy “one of [2018’s] brightest insurgents.”

Vince Staples w/Buddy. Wed. Feb. 13, 7 p.m. $27.50-$127.50. The Ritz, 1503 E. 7th Ave., Ybor City. theritzybor.com.

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Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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