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.”
Stream Ab-Soul's "These Days..."
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]
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
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..."
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.
First Week Sales For Ab-Soul, G-Eazy & Riff Raff Are Here
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?
Top Dawg Invites Fans To Pick Ab-Soul's Album Release Date [Update: ScHoolboy Q Confirms Date]
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.
Ab-Soul Says He's Close To Leaking His Own Album [Update: TDE CEO Responds]
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, 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.
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.
Quiz: Which TDE Rapper Are You?
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.
TDE President Promises Four New Albums This Year
Top Dawg Entertainment had a strong year in 2015, releasing two fantastic albums in Jay Rock’s 90059 and Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly. Don’t ever think that they’ll take a minute to rest on their laurel’s though.
TDE Announces Ab-Soul's "Black Lip Pastor" Coming Soon [Update: Once Again, Ab-Soul Says "Black Lip Pastor" Not The Title]
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.
Review: Jay Rock's "90059"
Would you believe that Jay Rock has been signed to Top Dawg Entertainment for ten years? They say Rome wasn’t built in a day, and apparently TDE wasn’t either, because Anthony Tiffith and his group of MCs have been hacking at this hip hop thing for a while now.
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.
Who Had The Better Verse: Black Hippy (Group Edition)
After years of embarking on a grueling journey to stardom, Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, Schoolboy Q, and Jay Rock finally made it. They came up from nothing and are now swimming in the pools of success. Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q both stunned with their respective albums and have forged lanes of their own as Cali's most talented artists. Ab-Soul and Jay Rock aren't lame duck emcees either and can tango with any of your favorite rappers. With the burgeoning development of Isaiah Rashad and SZA, TDE looks to stay on top for years to come.
Crew Love: TDE
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's Album Is "Almost Done"
What's going on behind the scenes at TDE is always a mystery. Updates on album releases are generally given through cryptic and sometimes conflicting tweets from the various members, and Ab-Soul has taken his turn to share a piece of news today."My album's almost done..." he wrote on twitter, adding, "It's a love story".
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 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.