Hot off the release of his sophomore album, Big Fish Theory, Vince Staples takes “Love Can Be…” to “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”
Joined By Ray J, Kilo Kish, and The Roots, the Long Beach all-star took over the late night stage with references to Jesus Christ, Chris Brown, and Kendrick Lamar.
“Nail me to the cross like that boy JC,” he raps. “Chuckin’ up the deuce like the boy Chris Breeze / But we don’t suwoop on the six-five street / Riding down the shoreline, tank on E / No shotgun seat, this dick ain’t free.”
The stage was set up to have Vince front and center, with The Roots behind him, Kilo to his left, and Ray to his right. Behind them, Damon Albarn appeared on a big screen for the intro and outro.
“Love Can Be…” is a particularly significant track, given Vince’s love for Ray J. “Ray J will never lose,” Staples once told Hot 97 in an interview. “Ray J is the man. Ray J is probably top 5 hip-hop West Coast of all time. Does Ray J not have hits? Ray J was the first Blood on a record, that was certified. You seen the [DJ] KaySlay interview? Without Ray J, there is no Game… You like Kanye West, don’t you? You like ‘Moesha,’ don’t you? You like VH1, don’t you? Ray J has had a hand in everything that’s occurred in Black culture…Everything that we love is directly related to Ray J, period.”
During the interview — which appeared as a skit on Chris Brown and Ray J’s recently-released mixtape Burn My Name — Vince also talked about a Ray J collaboration. “We don’t need a Ray J feature,” he said. “We not ready for nothing like that. We just need a co-sign.”
Co-sign and feature achieved. Watch their performance of “Love Can Be…” below.