Ab-Soul Says He's "Turned In" Two New Projects
Fans have been patiently awaiting a new Ab-Soul project since 2012's Control System, and while 2013 passed by without one, Ab may be making up for it by releasing two new efforts in the new year. The TDE rapper hinted at some new music on Twitter last night, saying "I turned in 2 projects last year, yea I know what your thinking, let's see where this year takes me...".
Ab-Soul Speaks On Learning From Jay Z & Nas, No Longer Writing Down Lyrics
Ab-Soul's following continues to grow, despite his lack of releases since 2012's dense Control System. In an interview with the Miami New Times, Soulo explained why the project continues to gain him followers, as well as speaking on the blatant honesty that comes with refraining from writing rhymes down, and the knowledge he's been able to acquire through listening to hip hop alone. Read some excerpts from the sit-down below.
Review: Jhene Aiko's "Sail Out"
Stunning. If Jhene Aiko wasn't already a household name, she ought to be by now. The 25-year-old singer has appeared on numerous hip-hop tracks throughout the year, most notably Drake's "From Time", J. Cole's "Sparks Will Fly", and Big Sean’s radio smash "Beware". Sail Out* is Jhene’s first major label EP, and what a debut it is. The seven-track Extended Play is smoked out, dreamy and romantic.
Ab-Soul & Jay Rock Speak On Their Similarities & Differences, Rapping For Fun
While rolling in a pretty tight-knit crew, Ab-Soul and Jay Rock couldn't be more different. While Jay Rock favors mean-mug west-coast street rap, Soulo is known to create smoked-out, conspiracy theory-laden cuts. They've certainly learned a lot from one another however, detailing their dynamic in a new interview with XXL, as well as commenting on the concept of "rapping for fun," and their upcoming projects. Read some excerpts from the sit down below.
Ab-Soul & Joey Bada$$ Arrested In St. Louis [Update: Details Emerge, Joey & Ab Were Released]
After their performance in St. Louis Monday night for The Smokers Club Tour, Ab-Soul, Joey Badas$$, and a few members of the Pro Era crew were arrested. No official word on what the arrests were for, but it’s presumably marijuana related. Funny enough, it appears as if Joey doesn’t know what he’s hand cuffed for either. With the news hitting Instagram, Joey is seen in the clip below hysterically laughing as he asks the cop: “Have you figured out why I’m in these handcuffs? Have you figured it out? Yo, they don't know why I'm in these handcuffs.”
Underrated Audio October 19- October 25
As November fast approaches, we're all getting excited to hear Eminem's come-back (we hope) on MMLPII on November 5th. However, October 15th was also an important day for hip-hop, with three of the most dope and underrated emcees all dropping records: Boldy James, Dom Kennedy, and Black Milk. Dom Kennedy is sort of making his way out of that underrated category, with Get Home Safely receiving (most) of the praise its due.
TDE's Punch Says ScHoolboy Q's "Oxymoron" Is 90% Done, May Still Come Out This Year
When people think TDE, they think Black Hippy, but Terrence "Punch" Henderson is the man behind the scenes. The co-president's role involves both business and music, handling the general operations of the company as well as seeking out producers and artists that catch his interest.
Ab-Soul Talks On Upcoming Project & Confusion Surrounding Title, Isaiah Rashad & "Unit 6"
Ab-Soul is currently on a headlining tour with Joey Bada$$ and Chevy Woods (as well as Pro Era and The Underachievers) for the annual Smokers Club Tour. The tour only kicked off this past week, and we had the chance to catch up with Soulo while he was on the road.
TDE Set To Drop New Music This Week
Last night, Top Dawg Entertainment CEO Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith announced via Twitter that he'd be dropping new material from the TDE camp this coming week. We'll apparently be hearing new music from Jay Rock and Ab-Soul, and it looks like a new music visual from ScHoolboy Q will be released as well. Last we heard was a remix of new signee Isaiah Rashad's "Shot You Down" single featuring Q and Rock. That's all we have for now. Read Top Dawg's tweet below, and stay tuned for the new material. We've definitely looking forward to it.
Ab-Soul Says He's Finalizing New Project "Black Lip Pastor" [Update: Soulo Says "BLP" Is Not The Title]
The Black Hippy rappers continue to make moves. While ScHoolboy Q is still waiting on sample clearances before we can hear his upcoming album, Oxymoron, Ab-Soul seems like he's gearing up to start promoting his own release.
Ab-Soul Criticizes XXL's Magazine Cover For Headline "Kendrick Lamar & Black Hippy"
The Black Hippy crew, consisting of Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock and Ab-Soul, are featured on the new XXL cover. You may have noticed though, that the cover headline says "With Kendrick Lamar & Black Hippy...TDE Rap's Illest Crew," thus making it seem like Black Hippy is a separate entity from K. Dot.
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Top Dawg Entertainment's CEO Speaks Out On Label, Signing Kendrick Lamar & More
Top Dawg seems to be the independent label that's next up, with four rising rappers who all have their own niche in the rap market. The man who gave these four Black Hippy members a record deal, Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith, has remained relatively quiet while Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, Ab-Soul and Jay Rock all make a name for themselves, and thus put Top Dawg Entertainment on the map.
Ab-Soul & Joey Bada$$ Headline "The Smoker's Club" Tour
Ab-Soul and Joey Bada$$ are joining forces for a co-headlining tour. "The Smoker's Club" tour will make its way across North America, and include plenty of guests including The Underachievers, Chevy Woods, Pro Era, Cashius Green and more! You can catch the show this fall. View the full list of dates below.
Kendrick Lamar Explains Black Hippy's Unique Approach
Kendrick Lamar has made a lot of noise on his own in the last year or so, particularly in the last week. The rapper is in the business for more than just himself however, as he's always had his Black Hippy crew in tow. The TDE rapper explained the unique approach of the group in a recent interview with Rock The Bells.
Top Tracks Of The Week: August 5-11
This feature highlights a hand-picked selection of some of the bigger tracks of the week. We have chosen a few of the tracks that landed within our top 25 most played, focusing on those that stood out, and left room for discussion. This edition features Ab-Soul, Drake, Young Jeezy and more! Take a look at the list in the gallery above, and feel free to let us know your own favorite tracks in the comments.
Ab-Soul Explains How Meek Mill Influenced "Christopher DRONEr"
Ab-Soul recently released a single, "Christopher DRONEr" which calls back to the February 2013 Christopher Dorner case. For those not familiar with the tragedy, Dorner was a one time police officer who went on a killing spree of LAPD officers, before taking his own life.
Lyrics Of The Week: August 1-8
There's quite a bit of repetition in the game these days, and specific lyrics tend to get overlooked. This is an opportunity to take a closer listen and really consider what these artists have to say. We encourage your opinions. Keep in mind, these are the most noteworthy lyrics of the week, not necessarily the best. Also, it's hard to get everything right - if you notice any errors, don't hesitate to let us know in the comments section. Lines we're not quite sure about will be bolded.
140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (Aug. 1-7)
Dissecting the foibles of the hip hop community as expressed in under 140 characters on Twitter. Not just used as a device to flood people's timelines with your new track, album, video, or clothing line, sometimes rappers truly channel the unfiltered interaction with fans. This week features Mac Miller, Chief Keef, 2 Chainz and more!