The rapper, who released his second album ‘Big Fish Theory’ to critical acclaim last year, launched the fundraising page yesterday (March 7).
In a video on the site, Staples said: “First and foremost, I hope you’re having a great day. I really do. Second, we’ve gotten a lot of complaints about our recent show performances, energy on stage, production choice. I think one person said it sounds like we’re rapping on robot video game beats. We’d like to apologise for that.
“We would like to give you an alternative,” he continued. “You can decide to donate to the cause of $2 million, which will allow me to shut the fuck up forever and you will never hear from me again. No songs, interviews, no anything.”
He ended the message by saying: “If not, you can choose to let me do what I want to do, when I want to do it. Get off of my dick or fund my lifestyle. Either way, we appreciate you.”
As Pitchfork reports, a holding page for a track by Staples called ‘Get The Fuck Off My Dick’ has now appeared on Spotify. The rapper also tweeted a picture of a condom, which is shown as the artwork on the streaming service, with the caption: “I’ve seen distaste for my campaign from all over the world. Luckily we do accept most forms of currency…. In the meantime I’ll just leave this here.”
I’ve seen distaste for my campaign from allover the world…. luckily we do accept most forms of currency…. in the meantime lll just leave this here. pic.twitter.com/ID4KXEua0I
— Vince Staples (@vincestaples) March 8, 2018
On the page, Staples said, as well as quitting music, he would move to Palmdale, California, buy a Honda and a puppy, and pay for a “year supply of soups for the homies locked down”.
At the time of writing, he has only raised $1,360 of the $2 million target. Fans have left messages of support for the artist in the comments section on the page, with one writing: “Fuck those haters man, I love your music, old and new, and just saw you live and it was awesome!! Keep doing what you do man, you’re too talented!”
Staples released his debut album ‘Summertime ’06’ in 2015. As well as releasing its follow-up last year, he also featured on Gorillaz‘s latest, star-studded record ‘Humanz’.