Ab-Soul speaks on his new single, as well as the projects he has in the works.
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. Ab sat down with XXL recently to talk about the meaning behind the single, as well as the other projects he has in the works.
“Actually just me and my homies, we was just looking further into the [Christopher Dorner] case, the situation at hand,” Ab said ofhow the concept came about. “I think the whole situation was very open-ended. Definitely no disrespect to Trayvon Martin or a lot of the things that have been happening along those lines. But I kinda just wanted to make sure we didn’t completely just forget about the situation.”
The TDE rapper then spoke of his choice to release the single months after the event.
“I wrote it back when it happened, but we finally got around to putting it out," he said. "[I] felt like it was a good time. Because I haven’t heard too much more about it. I haven’t heard these conversations so I felt like it was a great time to put it out. Just don’t forget this happened not too long ago. That was pretty crazy. We don’t really know [what happened]. I really looked into it because it was really heart felt. Even still, the whole case is really open-ended.”
“It’s crazy too because I heard that Meek Mill used that same sample not too long ago on a joint,” he said. “It was crazy because I feel like I used some Meek Mill influence even in the DRONEr song without even hearing his record first. That was a great display of how I am influenced by what’s going on.”
Soul also touched on his much-talked about collaborative effort with JMSN. "I had a project with JMSN that I did, but our management couldn’t see eye to eye so we still got that in the cut," he said. "As of right now it’s sounding like prequel to my album."
Ab revealed he weas using the term "album" rather loosely however.
"I’m fine tuning it right now," Soulo said of his next full length. "I don’t even really know if I want to call it an album yet. I just want to call it a project. You know I’ve been quiet for awhile. We’re still really excited about the success of good kid m.A.A.d city so we riding that out as long as possible, as well as getting[ScHoolboy] Q’s album finished up, Oxymoron."