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Vince Staples Recruits James Blake For EP, Petitions For Copyright Reform

Rapper is making his mark in music.

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Vince Staples is making his mark in more ways than one.

After having a performance postponed earlier this month in the wake of the Irving Plaza shooting, Staples is moving forward with his music.

In an interview with The Fader, it was revealed that his upcoming six-song Prima Donna EP features production from none other than James Blake. And if you want a hint as to what that collaboration would sound like, the mag describes the effort as a "chaotic fusion of warped soul, distorted hooks, and extraterrestrial demonic spirituals."


Clearly a man about music, Staples will also appear among other artists and songwriters in an ad, set to debut tomorrow (June 21), asking Congress to reform the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), according to Billboard.

The Act regulates the circulation of copyrighted work online, but services like YouTube, which allows users to upload copyrighted material for anyone to hear, are still granted "safe harbor" from infringement liabilities as long as they respond to "takedown" requests from rights-holders.

The 180 entertainers who signed the petition, however, still believe this gives the service more power than it deserves, makes it harder to get consumers to sign up for subscription-based services like Spotify, and are looking to be rightfully compensated.

The ad says that the DMCA "has allowed major tech companies to grow and generate huge profits by creating ease of use for consumers to carry almost every recorded song in history in their pocket via a smartphone, while songwriters' and artists' earnings continue to diminish."

Other artists who signed the petition include Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Kings of Leon, U2, Paul McCartney and Lionel Richie.

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