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Statik Selektah – “All You Need” (Feat. Action Bronson, Ab-Soul & Elle Varner)

The New York DJ and producer Statik Selektah has been working for years to revive the sound of mid-’90s boom-bap, so it’s fun to hear him get loose. Statik’s forthcoming album Lucky 7, which includes the Action Bronson/Joey Bada$$ collab “Beautiful Life,” also has a mellow, languid love song called “All I Need.” It’s got… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 1, 2015 - 2:08 pm

Ab-Soul – “47 Bars”

Ab-Soul has shared a new track called “47 Bars,” and it seems like he may not be entirely happy with his status as second fiddle over at Top Dawg Entertainment. “So don’t ask me about Kendrick and Q, Jay Rock, Zaywop, and SZA’s sexy ass too,” he raps at the end of the track. “‘Cause… More »

By: James Rettig / February 28, 2015 - 9:42 pm

Stream Wale & A-Trak’s Festivus Feat. Pusha T, A$AP Ferg, Chance The Rapper & More

Wale continues his career-long Seinfeld fixation with his new A-Trak collaboration Festivus, released today in observance of the no-longer-fictional holiday. Festivus also represents a continuation of Wale’s mended relationship with Complex after last year’s infamous phone rant, as they’re the ones who premiered the tape after putting him on the cover with Jerry Seinfeld thi… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 23, 2014 - 4:29 pm

Ab-Soul – “W.W.S.D.”

Rapping over Jackson Browne’s classic “These Days” sounds like it shouldn’t be something that works, but Ab-Soul gets the most out of it on “W.W.S.D” and turns it into something genuinely affecting. It’s an odd choice, but he takes a backseat to the song itself and, when he does rap, he’s confessional and sentimental. “The… More »

By: James Rettig / September 27, 2014 - 3:44 pm

Ab-Soul – “To The Max”

During a recent visit to the DJ Statik Selektah radio mixshow Showoff Radio, the Black Hippy rapper Ab-Soul debuted a Statik-produced non-album track called “To The Max” — or, rather, Statik debuted it, without telling Ab-Soul he was going to do it beforehand. The track, which is dedicated to the incarcerated New York rap cult… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 1, 2014 - 9:20 am

Ab-Soul – “Hunnid Stax” (Feat. Schoolboy Q & Mac Miller) Video

Black Hippy colleagues Ab-Soul and Schoolboy Q mostly get together to make supremely zooted party anthems, and “Hunnid Stax,” from Ab-Soul’s new album These Days…, certainly fits the bill. Director Adam Roberts has filmed the two of them, as well as an unbilled and barely-conscious-looking Mac Miller, at the sort of party where girls i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 14, 2014 - 3:23 pm

Stream Ab-Soul These Days…

L.A.’s Black Hippy crew boasts superstars like Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q, but Ab-Soul, the permanently zooted conspiracy theorist of the crew, might best embody its place in the rap ecosystem, keeping his music simultaneously bugged-out and guttural at all times. Today, he releases These Days…, his follow-up to the 2012 album Control System. He’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 24, 2014 - 10:59 am

Ab-Soul – “Closure” Video

After a long build-up, Ab-Soul will release his third full-length These Days… this week. Our last taste of the new album before the whole thing gets dropped on us comes in the form of this video for “Closure,” which features vocals from Jhené Aiko. It’s a slow and dark rumination on the end of a… More »

By: James Rettig / June 22, 2014 - 1:20 pm

Ab-Soul – “These Days” (Feat. The O’My’s)

Ab-Soul has been steadily releasing songs from his upcoming third album These Days over the last few weeks and this one may be the best one yet. It didn’t make it to the album proper, but it does share its name with the title. “These Days” is a gospel-inspired song that sees Ab switching u… More »

By: James Rettig / June 14, 2014 - 1:28 pm

Ab-Soul – “Hunnid Stacks” (Feat. Schoolboy Q)

We recently heard Ab-Soul, the most reliably bugged-out member of L.A.’s Black Hippy crew, unite with Action Bronson and Asaad on his track “Stigmata,” and now he’s finally made concrete plans for These Days…, his new solo album. It’s coming out in a couple of weeks, and now he’s enlisted fellow Black Hippy member Schoolboy… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 10, 2014 - 4:49 pm

Ab-Soul – “Stigmata” Video

Last week, Ab-Soul shared “Stigmata,” a track that’s most likely on his upcoming third album. The full version features Action Bronson and Assad but the video drops the two guest rappers and serves more as a promo for the new album than an outright music video. The video itself is interesting enough though, featuring A… More »

By: James Rettig / May 31, 2014 - 12:25 pm

Ab-Soul – “Stigmata (Feat. Action Bronson & Asaad)

Ab-Soul, the Black Hippy crew’s resident bugged-out rap weirdo, has been working on a mysterious new album called These Days… for a while now, and he’s been throwing consistently strong loose tracks like “Dub Sac” and “Tree Of Life” up online. His newest, which may or may not be on the album, enlists Action Bronso… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 22, 2014 - 5:14 pm

Ab-Soul – “Tree Of Life”

Ab-Soul’s taken a backseat since the release of 2012’s Control System, keeping busy with an insane amount of guest verses on songs from Chance The Rapper, Danny Brown, fellow Black Hippy members Kendrick Lamar and ScHoolboy Q, and much more. “The Tree Of Life” is the first new solo work we’ve heard from the West… More »

By: James Rettig / April 19, 2014 - 11:46 am

Watch Schoolboy Q And Ab-Soul Debut “Druggys Wit Hoes 3″ In L.A.

Schoolboy Q’s first two albums featured Ab-Soul collabs called “Druggys Wit Hoes” and “Druggys Wit Hoes Again,” but a third part didn’t show up on his latest album Oxymoron. At the L.A. stop of his tour, Q showed that a third installment does exist by bringing out his Top Dawg labelmate to perform it with… More »

By: James Rettig / April 7, 2014 - 1:13 pm

Common – “Made In Black America” (Feat. Ab-Soul)

Last month, we learned that Common had once again teamed up with No I.D., the producer behind his classic 1994 album Resurrection, for a new full-length called Nobody Smiling. They’ve already shared one song, “War,” and now Common has teamed up with the Black Hippy livewire Ab-Soul, his distant descendent in the politically-addled-rapper lineage, for… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 13, 2014 - 10:34 am

Chuck Inglish – “Legs” (Feat. Chromeo)

Chicago-based retro-rappers the Cool Kids returned earlier this week with two new songs, “Computer School” and “Chop.” And now Chuck Inglish, one half of the duo, is about to release his solo debut Convertibles on his own Sounds Like Fun label and Dave Sitek’s Federal Prism. The LP has a crazy-strong list of contributors; Chance… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 16, 2014 - 10:50 am

SZA – “Ice Moon” (Revisited Feat. Ab-Soul)

The airy R&B singer SZA is the first non-rapper signed to TDE, the label that Kendrick Lamar and his Black Hippy buddies have made famous. And now there’s a new version of her tingling, weightless single “Ice Moon,” this time featuring her perma-freaked labelmate Ab-Soul — a great fit for the thoughful, druggy, inwardly inclined… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 20, 2013 - 9:45 am

Joey Bada$$, Ab-Soul Handcuffed By St. Louis Police

Joey Bada$$, Ab-Soul, and a few members of the Pro Era crew were handcuffed by police officers last night during their St. Louis stop of their “Smoker’s Club Tour” but were released shortly after. DJ Statik Selektha, who is currently on tour with the two rappers, told HipHopDX, “No one is in jail. The co… More »

By: James Rettig / October 29, 2013 - 3:44 pm

Ab-Soul – “Dub Sac”

Ab-Soul, the resident blown-out expressionist in Kendrick Lamar’s Black Hippy crew, has just done the world a favor and thrown a very good song up on Soundcloud, with no context and no indication of an album that the track might be intended for. The song is called “Dub Sac,” and it finds Ab absolutely tearing… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 25, 2013 - 9:45 am

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

For a while, I’ve been threatening to start including things in this space that don’t quite constitute “music videos” but which do constitute music on video — late-night performances, great camera-phone moments, things like that. And while I haven’t quite done that with this week’s list, the #1 selection is, indeed, a music-on-video thing that… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 18, 2013 - 12:03 pm
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