"I just ain't tryna sit down and talk about gang banging for 30 minutes," says Vince.
Vince Staples and CEO of VladTV DJ Vlad wound up going back and forth on Twitter today. After Vlad suggested that Vince was "mad" at him in a tweet, Vince suggested that he doesn't "know" the YouTube interviewer, which led to a series of tweets regarding the "credibility" of Vlad's conversations with artists.
@vincestaples that wasn't a voice over - I was the one that did the interview with you over the phone - so u down to do another interview?— DJ Vlad - VladTV.com (@djvlad) March 7, 2017
@vincestaples we're the only credible investigative journalists in Hip-Hop, but I wish u the best as well. I'm a fan of ur music regardless— DJ Vlad - VladTV.com (@djvlad) March 7, 2017
@vincestaples yes sir - no other Hip Hop outlet has the courage to dig into serious hip-hop events and ask the hard questions like we do— DJ Vlad - VladTV.com (@djvlad) March 7, 2017
@vincestaples and that's why no other Hip Hop outlet has their interviews picked up by national & international media outlets like ours— DJ Vlad - VladTV.com (@djvlad) March 7, 2017
@vincestaples we talk about what the person is comfortable with - clearly your success over the past 3 years has nothing to do w/ gangbaning— DJ Vlad - VladTV.com (@djvlad) March 7, 2017
I'm tryna be positive about my black family but Ima get on that beanie placement after I talk to Vlad. https://t.co/ZW5sEYrget— Vince Staples (@vincestaples) March 7, 2017
DJ Vlad has previously faced criticism for asking artists about their affiliations with gangs and the like. In December, Lil B tweeted “Any u rappers new and old doing interviews with DJ Vlad y’all looking real burnt y’all f-cking with a rat and snitch y’all marks," which Young Thug endorsed with a retweet. The uncle of late Atlanta rapper Bankroll Fresh wrote an open letter to Vlad, calling him a "culture vulture," after he chose to interview Bankroll's killer.
Vince last appeared in a VladTV interview in 2014. He recently did an interview with Nardwuar where he spoke of how Ja Rule "technically" saved his life ("featuring Ashanti... we gotta give her her credit").