It is becoming ever more clear with each new piece of the puzzle Vince Staples offers us from his upcoming sophomore full-length Big Fish Theory that something huge is waiting (er, lurking) on the horizon. First came "BagBak," a frenetically-paced booty-jam that challenged both the one percent and the president to "suck a dick because we on now." Then came "Big Fish," a colossally hard track that features some of the most flawless bars of his career (and our personal pick for the song of the summer). His latest is a collaboration with Ty Dolla $ign titled "Rain Come Down," and yes, it is yet another win for Staples-stans.

Stacked against the barely-contained manic energy of the previous singles, "Rain Come Down" could pass for a slow jam. This is largely thanks to a syrupy hook from Ty that coos hazily about that evening sweet-spot "when the sun go down, when the J go round." But like everything else we've heard from Big Fish Theory, this normally jaunty sentiment is undercut by an ominous synth line, one that circles beneath like a shark patiently pacing its prey.

Synthesizers aside, that shark can only be Vince himself. His flow here is another demonstration of his matchless wordplay, emitting a cascade of bars that morph meaning just as the listener begins to grasp it. These moments are extremely nuanced; a "ride in the drop top" becomes a sinister allusion to the JFK assassination in a single breath, Snoop Dogg and André 3000 are name-checked on the same bar shortly after he drops a reference to Yeezus. Few are swimming at Staples' pace, either mentally or verbally.

From what we've gleaned of the tracklist, "Rain Come Down" is set to be the final song on the 12-track Big Fish Theory, closing the record out with the closest thing to an R&B crooner Staples has made yet. But don't be fooled -- this is not the calm after a storm. In one of the most remarkable trajectories in this generation of rappers, Vince is only just beginning to unleash his fury upon the world.

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