Hell Can Wait

Hell Can Wait
The official cover art for Vince Staples "Hell Can Wait" EP.jpg
EP by
ReleasedOctober 7, 2014
GenreHip hop
LabelARTium, Def Jam
Vince Staples chronology
Shyne Coldchain Vol. 2
Hell Can Wait
Summertime '06
Singles from Hell Can Wait
  1. "Blue Suede"
    Released: August 15, 2014
  2. "Hands Up"
    Released: September 9, 2014

Hell Can Wait is the first official EP released by American rapper Vince Staples. It marks his first commercial project, released under Def Jam Recordings.[1][2]


On August 11, 2014, Staples took to Twitter to announce a new track, "Blue Suede."[citation needed] On August 15, 2014, he released a music video for the song.[citation needed] On September 2, 2014, Staples announced the initial release date for the EP, as September 23.[citation needed] Although, it was later delayed, due to sample clearance issues.[citation needed] On September 9, 2014, Staples released the second single from Hell Can Wait, titled "Hands Up".[citation needed] On September 25, the new, and final release date was revealed to be October 7, 2014.[citation needed] On October 1, Staples posted the official track listing.[citation needed]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[4]

Hell Can Wait received generally positive reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 80, based on eight reviews.[3] Jay Balfour of HipHopDX wrote "At 24 minutes, there's a satisfaction in the shortness of Hell Can Wait, partly because it's so well contained, and partly because it hints at what's next. These songs are worth the attention he's drawing, how he'll sustain it for a full album is worth taking seriously."[6] Craig Jenkins of Pitchfork also wrote favorably of the EP, writing "his production values have finally caught up enough to push him past the scrappy sidekick division into the big leagues."[8] Emmanuel C. M. of XXL wrote, "The growth is unmistakable, with each song and new project, fans see his raw talent getting more finely tuned and concentrated."[10] In a positive review, David Jeffries of AllMusic wrote that although the project is too short for the "full artistic picture", there is no filler and went on to praise "Blue Suede" as the highlight of the EP.[4]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Vince Staples.

1."Fire"Anthony Kilhoffer2:16
2."65 Hunnid"Infamous3:05
3."Screen Door" (featuring Aston Matthews)Hagler4:07
4."Hands Up"No I.D.3:19
5."Blue Suede"Hagler3:38
6."Limos" (featuring Teyana Taylor)Hagler, Jordan Lewis3:32
7."Feelin' the Love"Hagler3:30
Total length:23:27



Chart (2014) Peak
US Billboard 200[11] 90
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[12] 15


  1. ^ "Vince Staples Has Signed to Def Jam Records". Complex. August 31, 2013. Retrieved October 5, 2014.
  2. ^ "Vince Staples". Def Jam. Retrieved October 5, 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Reviews for Hell Can Wait [EP] by Vince Staples". Metacritic. Retrieved February 18, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Jeffries, David. "Hell Can Wait – Vince Staples". AllMusic. Retrieved August 10, 2015.
  5. ^ Weekes, Jabbari (October 7, 2014). "Vince Staples: Hell Can Wait". Exclaim!. Retrieved May 9, 2019.
  6. ^ a b Balfour, Jay (October 14, 2014). "Vince Staples – Hell Can Wait". HipHopDX. Retrieved December 20, 2019.
  7. ^ Kearse, Stephen F. (November 11, 2014). "Vince Staples: Hell Can Wait Review". Paste. Retrieved May 9, 2019.
  8. ^ a b Jenkins, Craig (October 14, 2014). "Vince Staples: Hell Can Wait EP". Pitchfork. Retrieved August 10, 2015.
  9. ^ Christgau, Robert (December 18, 2015). "Long Beach Lingers: Expert Witness with Robert Christgau". Vice. Retrieved May 9, 2019.
  10. ^ a b C. M., Emmanuel (October 7, 2014). "Vince Staples Faces Reality On 'Hell Can Wait' EP". XXL. Archived from the original on October 11, 2014. Retrieved August 10, 2015.
  11. ^ "Vince Staples Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved August 15, 2016.
  12. ^ "Vince Staples Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved August 15, 2016.

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