Vince Staples Explains How 'Hands Up' Is Not About Ferguson

Vince Staples Explains How 'Hands Up' Is Not About Ferguson

Rapper sets the record straight about the single from his Hell Can Wait EP.

Published January 17, 2015

The emotions around the fatal shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown are still fresh, and while many are voicing their reactions through music and activism, Vince Staples sets the record straight on his own song, "Hands Up." It's not about Ferguson.

"Honestly... I think it's foul to make a song about someone who got murdered that you didn't know just to throw it on IG just to get money and not give his momma nothing," Vince tells BET.com. "I don't want to be a part of that, I think that's grimy."

The Long Beach MC goes on to express that although the song's title may resonate with what's happening in Missouri, to know the context, one would have to actually listen to the lyrics. "If you listen to the song, you can tell it doesn't have nothing to do with none of that," he said.

The track, produced by No I.D., is off Vince's Hell Can Wait EP. The collection dropped in October with a feature from Teyana Taylor (on his song "Limos") and includes his next release, "Screen Door," slated for a premiere in the coming weeks.

Watch the clip below to see what Vince has to say about what the song "Hands Up" is really about, and check back in Wednesday (Jan. 21) for the full interview.

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