It takes a lot to be America's No. 1 badass. "Rock puts all of his energy into his performances, and he had command of the audience from the first note," says SPIN.com contributing photog Ian Witlen, who took all the pics in this gallery. "It's a killer shot -- that expression on his face says it all."
Vince Staples is hardly the ingratiating type. “Don’t shake my hands unless you passing payment,” instructs the redoubtable young’un on “C.M.B.,” a paean to ruthlessly mercenary, Randian capitalism. “Keep your salutation / I need my 40 acres.” This ice-grilling Left Coaster is more Mack 10 than Myka 9, a verbal marksman who refuses to placate… More »