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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 »

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 »

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 »

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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…
Tom Breihan | October 16, 2013 - 9:40 am
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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…
Claire Lobenfeld | August 7, 2013 - 1:13 pm
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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 Ro…
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.
Tom Breihan | April 29, 2013 - 12:23 pm
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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 hi…
Tom Breihan | April 25, 2013 - 11:57 am
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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…
Tom Breihan | January 16, 2013 - 10:11 am
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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…
Tom Breihan | December 12, 2012 - 1:27 pm
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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…
Tom Breihan | November 13, 2012 - 4:55 pm
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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…
Tom Breihan | October 22, 2012 - 11:27 am
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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…
Tom Breihan | October 22, 2012 - 9:33 am
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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…
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…
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…
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 i…
Corban Goble | May 14, 2012 - 10:01 am
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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…
Corban Goble | May 8, 2012 - 4:01 pm
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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,"…
Tom Breihan | May 3, 2012 - 12:07 pm
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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…
Tom Breihan | April 25, 2012 - 4:59 pm