Ab-Soul News

  • Ab-Soul & Joey Bada$$ Arrested In St. Louis [Update: Details Emerge, Joey & Ab Were Released]
    Ab-Soul & Joey Bada$$ Arrested In St. Louis [Update: Details Emerge, Joey & Ab Were Released]
    Oct 29, 2013 at 11:04 AM
    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.”
  • Stream Ab-Soul's "These Days..."
    Stream Ab-Soul's "These Days..."
    Jun 24, 2014 at 09:25 AM
    Here it is, the moment every TDE fan has been waiting for: the stream of Ab-Soul's long-awaited These Days... The album leaked in entirety yesterday, so it appears that Soulo wanted to counter the leak with a SoundCloud stream of his own -- check it out below.
  • Ab-Soul Announces Title Of Debut Album [Update: Release Date & Album Cover Revealed]
    Ab-Soul Announces Title Of Debut Album [Update: Release Date & Album Cover Revealed]
    May 30, 2014 at 08:03 PM
     It looks like cooler heads have prevailed in the Ab-Soul album saga. A couple days ago, we heard Ab-Soul threaten to leak his own album, but that was before TDE president, Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith, responded by daring any of his TDE rappers to do such a thing. Today, it come out that everything was a big misunderstanding as the TDE president cleared the air, and even revealed some other news.
  • Ab-Soul Reveals Tracklist For "These Days" Album
    Ab-Soul Reveals Tracklist For "These Days" Album
    Jun 13, 2014 at 09:11 PM
    With less than two weeks to go, Ab-Soul has finally revealed the official tracklisting for his highly-anticipated album These Days… The upcoming debut from Soulo will host 15 records and feature guest appearances from Kendrick Lamar, Rick Ross, Lupe Fiasco, ScHoolboy Q, SZA, Action Bronson, Jay Rock, RaVaughn, and more. The production side of things will be handled by J. Cole, Mac Miller (Larry Fisherman), Terrace Martin, Purity Ring, and DJ Dahi.
  • Review: Ab-Soul's "These Days..."
    Review: Ab-Soul's "These Days..."
    Jun 27, 2014 at 02:20 PM
    Ab-Soul is a complex artist. The Carson, California native and Top Dawg Entertainment signee has overcome a number of major tribulations throughout the course of his life. And while all artists experience ups-and-downs that become points of growth for them as people while shaping the music they create, Ab-Soul's ups-and-downs are unique to most. On his deeply moving, autobiographical track "Book of Soul", featured on his second album Control System, Ab touches on his David vs.
  • Review: Jhene Aiko's "Sail Out"
    Review: Jhene Aiko's "Sail Out"
    Nov 17, 2013 at 03:18 PM
    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.
  • Top Dawg Invites Fans To Pick Ab-Soul's Album Release Date [Update: ScHoolboy Q Confirms Date]
    Top Dawg Invites Fans To Pick Ab-Soul's Album Release Date [Update: ScHoolboy Q Confirms Date]
    May 17, 2014 at 02:27 PM
     It appears fans won't have to wait too much longer for Ab-Soul’s debut album These Days... After announcing the title last week, Top Dawg CEO, Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith, is fed up of fans constantly bothering him about the release date, therefore he’s allowing you, the fans, to choose for him. No seriously.
  • First Week Sales For Ab-Soul, G-Eazy & Riff Raff Are Here
    First Week Sales For Ab-Soul, G-Eazy & Riff Raff Are Here
    Jul 2, 2014 at 01:31 PM
    Several independent rap releases made their way on to the Billboard charts this past week, with Ab-Soul, RiFF RaFF and G-Eazy all dropping new albums in recent times. The debut numbers for each artist have arrived today, and G-Eazy's These Things Happen LP managed to come out on top of the others. Surprised or nah?
  • Kendrick Lamar Explains Black Hippy's Unique Approach
    Kendrick Lamar Explains Black Hippy's Unique Approach
    Aug 18, 2013 at 02:52 PM
    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.
  • Ab-Soul Says He's Close To Leaking His Own Album [Update: TDE CEO Responds]
    Ab-Soul Says He's Close To Leaking His Own Album [Update: TDE CEO Responds]
    May 2, 2014 at 05:12 PM
    It's been three months since TDE's Ab-Soul confirmed he had turned over two projects to the label. Since that time, Soulo also confirmed he'd been working on another project, Longterm 3, however we've received no new updates on the albums he finished. 
  • Ab-Soul Wants Dr. Dre To Let Black Hippy Make "Detox"
    Ab-Soul Wants Dr. Dre To Let Black Hippy Make "Detox"
    Jun 19, 2014 at 04:22 PM
    Ab-Soul, Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, and Jay Rock are all forces to be reckoned with on their own, but when they come together like Voltron to form Black Hippy, it's something truly special. A full length project from the group has always been hinted at, but it seems things are still up in the air at this point. In a new interview with SkeeTV, Ab-Soul spoke of how Black Hippy came together, as well as his idea that the group could take the reigns on Dr. Dre's long-delayed album, Detox.
  • TDE Announces Ab-Soul's "Black Lip Pastor" Coming Soon [Update: Once Again, Ab-Soul Says "Black Lip Pastor" Not The Title]
    TDE Announces Ab-Soul's "Black Lip Pastor" Coming Soon [Update: Once Again, Ab-Soul Says "Black Lip Pastor" Not The Title]
    Feb 5, 2014 at 12:12 PM
    When we first heard about Ab-Soul's upcoming project, the rapper clarified that the effort would not bear the title Black Lip Pastor as many assumed from his tweets. Now it appears that he may have reconsidered, as the TDE camp has confirmed that BLP is coming soon.
  • Ab-Soul Criticizes XXL's Magazine Cover For Headline "Kendrick Lamar & Black Hippy"
    Ab-Soul Criticizes XXL's Magazine Cover For Headline "Kendrick Lamar & Black Hippy"
    Oct 18, 2013 at 01:31 PM
    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.
  • Quiz: Which TDE Rapper Are You?
    Quiz: Which TDE Rapper Are You?
    Mar 17, 2015 at 05:05 PM
    Yesterday we tried out our first-ever quiz on the site, a la Buzzfeed, to find out how well you consumed Kendrick Lamar's new album To Pimp A Butterfly upon first listen.
  • Crew Love: TDE
    Crew Love: TDE
    Mar 17, 2014 at 10:58 AM
    Top Dawg Entertainment, or TDE for short, is one of the biggest success stories in hip-hop in recent memory. Founded in 2004 by Anthony Tiffith, the label didn't release its first mixtape until 2008, and its first album until 2010, but since then, has reached commercial and critical heights the likes of which most other independent labels couldn't imagine.
  • Ab-Soul Says He's Finalizing New Project "Black Lip Pastor" [Update: Soulo Says "BLP" Is Not The Title]
    Ab-Soul Says He's Finalizing New Project "Black Lip Pastor" [Update: Soulo Says "BLP" Is Not The Title]
    Oct 19, 2013 at 10:03 AM
    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 Talks On Upcoming Project & Confusion Surrounding Title, Isaiah Rashad & "Unit 6"
    Ab-Soul Talks On Upcoming Project & Confusion Surrounding Title, Isaiah Rashad & "Unit 6"
    Oct 22, 2013 at 01:16 PM
    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. 
  • Ab-Soul Speaks On Learning From Jay Z & Nas, No Longer Writing Down Lyrics
    Ab-Soul Speaks On Learning From Jay Z & Nas, No Longer Writing Down Lyrics
    Nov 22, 2013 at 12:56 PM
    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.
  • TDE's CEO Says "Jay Rock Is Up Next"
    TDE's CEO Says "Jay Rock Is Up Next"
    Jun 20, 2014 at 12:36 PM
    While we anxiously await Ab-Soul's new album, These Days..., which officially drops in four days, TDE's CEO took to Twitter to answer a few questions fans had about the LP and in the process he revealed (or at least hinted at) who will be dropping the next project on the Top Dawg label.
  • Ab-Soul Explains How Meek Mill Influenced "Christopher DRONEr"
    Ab-Soul Explains How Meek Mill Influenced "Christopher DRONEr"
    Aug 11, 2013 at 01:57 PM
    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.
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