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Watch BET Hip-Hop Awards 2013 Highlights: Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky, Meek Mill

Every year, during the BET Hip-Hop Awards, the show airs little black-and-white vignettes of people rapping in warehouses — sometimes in crews, sometimes in random-as-fuck thrown-together groupings. In certain circles, these videos, the fabled BET Cyphers, are all anyone talks about the day after the show; the Ace Hood/Juelz Santana/Fabolous/Jadakiss one from 2008 is still… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 16, 2013 - 9:40 am

Ab-Soul – “Christopher DRONEr”

When Black Hippy’s Ab-Soul released the video for breakout single “Terrorist Threats,” its off-putting 9/11 footage, on top of the lyrics, gave way to support that Soulo might have a bit of a conspiracy theorist in him. He is certainly the most straight-forwardly political member of the crew and he further pads that assertion with… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / August 7, 2013 - 1:13 pm

Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul & Jay-Rock – “U.O.E.N.O. (Black Hippy Remix)”

U.O.E.N.O.,” the recent single from the Atlanta rapper Rocko, earned itself a ton of unwanted notoriety in recent months: It’s the song where Rick Ross bragged about date rape. So consider this a reclamation. All four members of L.A.’s furiously exciting Black Hippy supergroup — Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, and Jay Rock — have… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 23, 2013 - 11:26 am

Chance The Rapper – “Smoke Again” Video (Feat. Ab-Soul)

Tomorrow, the furiously talented and playfully weird Chicago teenager Chance The Rapper is due to release Acid Rap, quite possibly the year’s most anticipated mixtape. Chance has already earned himself a ton of attention from his videos for “Juice,” “Good Ass Intro,” and “NaNa,” and now he’s got a new illRoots-directed clip for the mixtape… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 29, 2013 - 12:23 pm

Ab-Soul – “The End Is Near” (Feat. Mac Miller)

Here’s another one for the “Mac Miller is suddenly interesting now” file: The Pittsburgh weed-rapper, who seems to be feeling a lot freer since his ascent to fratty fame, is the guest on “The End Is Near,” the latest Soundcloud freakout-sermon from Ab-Soul, the resident weirdo theorist of the Black Hippy crew. And the two… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 25, 2013 - 11:57 am

Ab-Soul – “ILLuminate” Video (Feat. Kendrick Lamar)

Ab-Soul and Kendrick Lamar are two of the most frantic and inventive minds in rap, and it’s pretty awesome that they’re both from the same Black Hippy crew. On “ILLuminate,” a song from Ab-Soul’s 2012 album Control System, both of them teamed up. And they both show up, in different forms, in the song’s video,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 16, 2013 - 10:11 am

Ab-Soul – “Only 1″

It got a bit overshadowed by Kendrick Lamar’s Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City and Schoolboy Q’s Habits & Contradictions, but Ab-Soul, the furthest-out and most perma-freaked member of the great Black Hippy crew, released a seriously strong album of his own, Control System, this year. And today, he’s released another dense and dizzy throwdown online today. More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 12, 2012 - 1:27 pm

Joey Bada$$ – “Enter The Void” (Feat. Ab-Soul)

Brooklyn’s Joey Bada$$ and Carson, California native Ab-Soul, of Black Hippy, are two rappers who have had great years, and now they’ve linked up for “Enter The Void,” the B-side to Joey’s new “Waves” single. It’s a bit of fractured, dense boom-bap that strikes a balance between Soul’s freaked-out expressionism and Joey’s hermetic verbosity. Liste… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 13, 2012 - 4:55 pm

Kendrick Lamar – “Swimming Pools (Drank) (Black Hippy Remix)” (Feat. Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock & Ab-Soul)

Hey, another Black Hippy posse cut! I’ll take it! The four members of the furiously creating L.A. rap crew — Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul) don’t all rap on the same song too often. But three of them showed up on Kendrick Lamar’s “The Heart Pt. 3,” which we already posted today. And… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 22, 2012 - 11:27 am

Kendrick Lamar – “The Heart Pt. 3″ (Feat. Jay Rock & Ab-Soul)

Tomorrow, Kendrick Lamar releases his absolutely incredible major-label debut Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City. And as an appetizer, he recently posted a non-album track called “The Heart Pt. 3″ on Soundcloud. It has contributions from his Black Hippy crewmates Jay-Rock and Ab-Soul, and it’s got all the same scattered, passionate insight as the album. Download it… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 22, 2012 - 9:33 am

Stereogum’s 40 Best New Bands Of 2012

When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to select the rising bands which have connected them, someone wrote a long time ago. Or, something close to that. Here’s what we’re getting down to: It’s that time of year when Stereogum’s staff selects the 40 most exciting new* acts of… More »

By: Stereogum / September 11, 2012 - 2:05 pm

Stereogum Monthly Mix: August 2012

Summer is ending! And you have some work to do. Did you experience that season-defining moment? That rooftop conversation, that carefree weekend of intense interpersonal bonding? Did you find the person who’ll keep you warm all winter? If you’ve answered negatively to even one of these, you have some work to do. And so we… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 29, 2012 - 10:31 am

Ab-Soul – “Nibiru”

Here’s a new one from Top Dawg Entertainment’s former secret weapon Ab-Soul, a track that finds Soul getting lose on a hypnotic, murky piece of production from JMSN. It samples pieces of his Control System standout “Terrorist Threats.” Download it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / August 16, 2012 - 4:12 pm

Ab-Soul – “Black Lip Bastard (Black Hippy Remix)” Video (Feat. Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q & Jay Rock)

L.A.’s Black Hippy may be one of the most exciting rap crews to emerge in recent years, but all four members of the group don’t appear together on the same song very often. When they do, it’s cause for celebration. On the remix to Ab-Soul’s “Black Lip Bastard,” fellow Black Hippy members Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 10, 2012 - 9:31 am

Ab-Soul – “Terrorist Threats” Video (Feat. Danny Brown & Jhene Aiko)

Last week, Ab-Soul, the Cali rap crew Black Hippy’s resident bug-out specialist, released a very strong album called Control System. Now we’ve got a video for “Terrorist Threats,” his ghostly-but-ferocious conspiracy-theorizing collaboration with Danny Brown and Jhene Aiko. The APLUSFilmz-directed clip pairs footage of its three stars standing around dark streets and looking awesome with… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 21, 2012 - 11:42 am

Stream Ab-Soul Control System

On the strength of tracks like “ILLuminate,” “Empathy,” “SOPA” and “Terrorist Threats,” we’re hyped about the new record from Black Hippy member Ab-Soul, who is poised for a big look. Control System came out quietly Friday but it’s streaming below in case you missed it. At the very least, it’s the perfect way to round… More »

By: Corban Goble / May 14, 2012 - 10:01 am

Ab-Soul – “ILLuminate” (Feat. Kendrick Lamar)

The songs we’ve heard from Ab-Soul’s Control System — tracks like “Empathy,” “SOPA,” and “Terrorist Threats” — show that the formerly unheralded Black Hippy member is well overdue for some shine. Now, here’s another one from that release featuring Black Hippy co-pilot Kendrick Lamar, a smooth, straightforward rap cut that coasts on a spacey beat. More »

By: Corban Goble / May 8, 2012 - 4:01 pm

Ab-Soul – “Empathy” Video (Feat. Alori Jo & JaVonte)

Ab-Soul is the furthest-out of the four rappers in Black Hippy, and his solo project Control System, based on tracks like “Terrorist Threats” and “SOPA,” seems to be coming together beautifully. On new track “Empathy,” Soul brings his druggily bugged-out aesthetic to bear on the standard rap-loverman track, turning it into something freakily dazed. The… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 3, 2012 - 12:07 pm

Watch Black Hippy Cover The Temptations

None of the four members of the great California rap crew Black Hippy can sing. But that didn’t stop all four of them (along with some unidentified fifth guy) from singing the Temptations’ “My Girl” on a street corner, old-school doo-wop style, for something called Jabari Presents. Watch it below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 25, 2012 - 4:59 pm

Ab-Soul – “SOPA” (Feat. Schoolboy Q)

The frizzy-haired livewire Ab-Soul may be the least-known member of the left-coast rap quartet Black Hippy, but that seems like it might change soon, since everything he’s been doing has been pure gold. We’ve already heard “Terrorist Threats,” the Danny Brown collab from his forthcoming album Control System. And now here’s “SOPA,” a gloriously unhinged… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 25, 2012 - 10:52 am