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02/17/2017 | News release | Distributed by Public on 02/17/2017 11:03

Vince Staples on LA Culture and the Enduring Appeal of the Chuck Taylor

In conversation, Staples echoes those thoughts. Here he breaks down the breadth of LA's communities and the universality of the Chuck Taylor.

What characterizes LA culture?
LA is a large area complete with many different cultures. I'm from Long Beach. If you go to the LA projects, they are very different from where I'm from. And if you go to Venice Beach or Inglewood it's completely different. So, I think diversity best defines LA culture. LA is so big, that you can't define LA culture with a single term. It's whatever it decides to be, and at any given moment there are a million different cultures doing their own thing.

What is the most overlooked aspect of LA youth culture?
I feel like the maturity of it is overlooked - there are a lot of young people that all stand for something. You won't find a lot of kids out here who are lost; here they all know what they want to do and who they want to be. They start off early knowing what they want to grow into.