New Ab-Soul Songs, Mixtapes & Videos


2017-06-13-tde-is-the-best-label

Family Business: Why TDE Is the Best Label to Become an Artist [Feature ]

These days, Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, ScHoolboy Q and Ab-Soul spend basically all their time together, but the quartet didn't grow up friends. They didn't meet at school. They'd all been working on rap music... Read More

2017-06-07-ab-soul-on-control-system

Ab-Soul on ‘Control System’: “I’m Scared to Listen to That” [Feature ]

“I am scared and fearful that the only way to make great, powerful art is through pain, anguish, heartbreak, anger and struggle.” - David Choe When I read those words on artist David Choe’s Instagram... Read More

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The Book of Soul: An Ode to Ab-Soul’s ‘Control System’ 5 Years Later [Feature ]

Exactly five years ago today, I was 23 years old and (allegedly) living in Canada on a long-expired visitor’s visa, spending my days at one of the local smoke shops assisting customers in choice bong picks and... Read More

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Does Hip-Hop Have a “Narrow Subject Matter” Problem? Ab-Soul’s Concerned [Feature ]

For as broad and inclusive as hip-hop has become, it still catches a bad rep by both outsiders and those involved who criticize the culture for being too basic. Those not familiar with the genre's rich history are... Read More

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5 Worthy Candidates for Hip-Hop Attorney General [Feature ]

In the midst of the clusterfuck that is the Trump administration so far, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has once again come under fire for bold-faced lies misrepresentation of his communications with Russian officials... Read More

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Revisiting J. Cole’s Rap Savior Predictions 4 Years Later [Feature ]

On the eve of his 2013 album release showdown with Kanye, J. Cole sent out a tweet. It wasn’t last minute promotion, he wasn't begging the hive to help him defeat Yeezus, but rather a declaration that hip-hop was... Read More

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Ab-Soul Joins Women’s Rights Conversation But Gets It Very Wrong [Feature ]

Countless hip-hop artists spoke out this past weekend in support of the marches that took place around the world in support of women's rights. On Monday morning (January 23), TDE emcee Ab-Soul joined the conversation on... Read More

2017-01-18-ab-soul-credits-tde-financially-stable

Ab-Soul Credits TDE For Making Sure He Stays Financially Stable [Feature ]

For as long as the music business has been a multi-billion dollar industry, record labels have been synonymous with greed, corruption and inefficiency. For every tale of a label doing right by artists like Mike Posner... Read More

2017-01-06-the-demise-of-ab-souls-videography

The Demise of Ab-Soul’s Videography [Feature ]

Not that it really matters, but I want it to be known that it bums me out on multiple levels to write this piece, even if it was completely my idea. Ab-Soul has been one of my favorite emcees since his first... Read More

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Ab-Soul’s 2010 Listening Party is the Perfect Trip Down Memory Lane [Feature ]

Deep in the bowels of YouTube is where gold resides. Pressing play on the right visual from many moons ago will send you roller skating down Memory Lane. Early this afternoon, Ab-Soul tweeted a video from the very depths of... Read More

2016-12-09-ab-soul-gods-a-girl

Ab-Soul Casually Mentioned Rock Star Martyrdom on “God’s a Girl?” & I’m Concerned [Feature ]

We’ve all heard the phrase “no junk, no soul.” It's an astute, if not brash observation on the perceived decrease in talent from some of our favorite iconic musicians after they’ve gotten... Read More

2016-12-09-ab-soul-do-what-thou-wilt-1-listen-album-review

Ab-Soul ‘Do What Thou Wilt.’ 1 Listen Album Review [Feature ]

When I was young and impressionable, Cartoon Network introduced me to a little boy with a big laboratory—he was considered a genius. His mind worked differently, it was more advanced; while other kids... Read More

2016-12-08-ab-soul-long-term-3

Ab-Soul Promises ‘Long Term 3’ is “Coming,” ‘Long Term 4’ Will Be “Final Album” [Feature ]

Ab-Soul has yet to release his new album, but that hasn't stopped the TDE emcee from teasing two future projects. While being interviewed by Elliott Wilson and Brian "B. Dot" Miller for the latest episode of... Read More

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All 14 Producers Who Worked on Ab-Soul’s “Do What Thou Wilt.” [Feature ]

Of all the prospects housed by the TDE namesake, Ab-Soul’s ascent has caused the most anxiety. I’m a huge fan of Soulo's work, and have been since Long Term: The Mixtape, but while I’ve watched the... Read More

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Ab-Soul’s ‘DWTW’ Album is Out Friday, But is That a Good Thing? [Feature ]

Ab-Soul fans rejoice: his new album DWTW (which stands for Do What Thou Wilt) is finally dropping this Friday, December 9. The TDE rapper shared the news on Twitter today, along with a new single called “Threatening... Read More

2016-11-16-rapsody-ab-soul-2-am-need-to-hear

Holy Sh*t You Need to Hear Rapsody & Ab-Soul’s “2 AM” [Feature ]

Rapsody has been on a roll since appearing on Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly. Over the last year-and-change, she’s performed on The Tonight Show, delivered a Tiny Desk Concert for NPR and joined the house... Read More

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TDE Founder Top Dawg Throws Ab-Soul Under The Bus For Album Delay, He Needs to Stop [Feature ]

Three months ago, TDE head honcho Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith revealed that Ab-Soul had turned in the final mixes for his forthcoming album, DWTW. While this news was certainly exciting, knowing how TDE typically... Read More

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The Ab-Soul We’ve Been Waiting For Returns on “Huey Knew” [Feature ]

Waking up to a new single by Ab-Soul was like waking up to a mysterious, gifted, wrapped box. There’s a natural eagerness to see what’s inside, but with the anxious excitement also comes a tingle of fear. When it... Read More

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Ab-Soul: “All These New ‘Lil’ Niggaz is Weak” [Feature ]

When the “King of Teens” Lil Yachty divulged that he couldn’t name five songs by Biggie or Tupac, there was pandemonium. Think-pieces were penned — like this one on Pigeons & Planes (though the... Read More

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Seeing Beyond Reality: The Psychedelic Shift In Hip-Hop [Feature ]

"We are discontinuing our current line of braggadocio, in light of the current trend in 'realness'...As an alternative, we will be confiscating weed supplies and replacing them with magic mushrooms, in hopes of... Read More

2016-08-15-ab-soul-dwtw-completed

Ab-Soul’s “DWTW” Album Is Complete, But Don’t Jump For Joy Just Yet [Feature ]

Two months ago, several of our writing staff members were debating their level of excitement for Ab-Soul's seemingly impending new album, DWTW. Since then TDE, the only label Ab-Soul has ever known, has released a... Read More

2016-06-09-ab-soul-new-album-debate

Are You Excited for Ab-Soul’s New Album? We Debate [Feature ]

There are a lot of running debates around the DJBooth offices, but the one surrounding Ab-Soul has been brewing for a minute now. Anytime we all got on a call it was only a matter of time before Yoh and Lucas began... Read More

2016-02-08-ab-soul-tde-tweets-album-delay

Ab-Soul Is Frustrated With TDE Over Album Delay, But Everything Is OK [Feature ]

It’s a tale as old as Twitter. Rapper wants to release music. Rapper gets frustrated with label. Rapper takes to social media to vent frustration via epic Twitter rant. Bloggers then document the feud. At... Read More

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Ab-Soul Almost Done With New “love story” Album [Feature ]

Ab-Soul fans, prepare yourselves. It seems like the wait for a new project may be coming to an end sooner rather than later. The TDE-repping Black Lip Bastard took to Twitter earlier this morning to let the world know that... Read More

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Statik Selektah - All You Need ft. Action Bronson, Ab-Soul & Elle Varner [Stream]

On July 7, Booth fave Statik Selektah will release his brand new album, Lucky 7. The latest single off the project, which is available for free download when you pre-order the album, is All You Need, which features frequent... Read More

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Ab-Soul - Trouble ft. Aloe Blacc [Stream]

Trouble is bound to find Ab-Soul wherever he goes, as evidenced by the TDE wordsmith’s latest collaboration with the soulful sounds of Aloe Blacc. Like Lock & Load and Play It Cool before it, Trouble was produced by... Read More

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If Ab-Soul Got Dropped From TDE, What Label Should He Sign With? [Feature ]

Labels aren’t what they use to be. Once upon a time they were seen as a rite of passage, a stamp of authenticity, proof that you made it to the big leagues. Kids used to daydream about Roc-A-Fella chains, Def Jam... Read More

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Ab-Soul - 47 Bars [Stream]

Earlier today, Ab-Soul tweeted the following: “I might get dropped from the label for this 1, but fuck it lol…” While it is highly doubtful that a mere 47 Bars over some The Alchemist production would force... Read More

2015-02-24-bad-lucc-top-of-the-diamond-problem-ab-soul

Bad Lucc - Top of the Diamond ft. Problem, Ab-Soul & Punch [Stream]

This spring, West Coast mainstay Bad Lucc will be unleashing Diamond Lane America, his highly-anticipated joint LP with labelmate Problem. Before beginning to promote the set in earnest, the collaborators decided to get their... Read More

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Lupe Fiasco ft. Ab-Soul & Troi - They. Resurrect. Over. New. [Stream]

If you’re a loyal reader of The DJBooth, I don’t need to tell you that Lupe Fiasco dropped a new album today; odds are, you’ve already given it enough spins to memorize half the lyrics. Others, however, may... Read More

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Nikki Jean ft. Ab-Soul - Champagne Water [Stream]

Jesus Christ may have turned water to wine, but could he carbonate it? On her latest solo feature, singer/songwriter and prolific hookwoman Nikki Jean one-ups the son of God by transforming Water into Champagne. On this... Read More

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Kembe X ft. Ab-Soul & Alex Wiley - As I Unfold [Stream & Download]

Update: We have added the Yellow Nguyen-directed visuals for Kembe X’s As I Unfold single. At the bottom of June, we saw Scion A/V come together with Southern emcee Scotty ATL to drop the reader-acclaimed OTR2SJ. Just... Read More

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Ab-Soul - To the Max [Stream]

As often happens to artists with high standards, Ab-Soul had a few songs left over after putting the finishing touches on his most recent TDE album—some of which were plenty good enough to make it onto the final tracklist.... Read More

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Statik Selektah ft. Ab-Soul, Jon Connor, Logic & Francesca - Alarm Clock [Stream]

There’s nothing better than hearing a song you love first thing in the morning… well, until you develop an association between the song and having to get up for work, and start to hate it. That part really f**king... Read More

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Ab-Soul ft. ScHoolboy Q & Mac Miller - Hunnid Stax [Stream]

With the release of his next album just two short weeks away, Top Dawg lyricist Ab-Soul returns to the Booth with another fresh single off the set. The follow-up to early May’s Booth-approved Stigmata, Hunnid Stax finds... Read More

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Did Ab-Soul’s “These Days” Album Flop? [Feature ]

​There was a time when album sales weren’t just a measure of an artist’s success, they were the measure. Album sales were the engine that drove everything else in an artist’s career; simple, quantifiable... Read More

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Ab-Soul - These Days… [Album]

These days, Russia makes land grabs like it’s the Cold War. These days, people eat gluten-free, or like the cavemen did, or like Mediterranean people do, or whoever else lives long and stays slim. These days, music is... Read Full Review

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Ab-Soul’s “These Days” Album Leaked, Let’s Listen (Stream) [Feature ]

Today Ab-Soul's "These Days" album leaked, and because this is 2014, the internet - or at least the portion of the internet that cares passionately about hip-hop - went scrambling to hear it. Instead of navigating through the... Read More

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Ab-Soul ft. Jhene Aiko - Closure [Stream]

When someone says that they need Closure, what they’re really talking about is a moment in time that provides a proper, appropriate or peaceful ending. So, with this in mind, what type of closure is TDE solider Ab-Soul... Read More

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Ab-Soul ft. Lupe Fiasco & Nikki Jean - World Runners [Stream]

With only a week until Ab-Soul‘s new album drops, Solo comes through with a major feature in the form of World Runners, featuring the always verbose Lupe Fiasco and Lupe’s frequent vocal compatriot, Nikki Jean.... Read More

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Ab-Soul ft. The O’My’s - These Days [Stream]

With the release of his third independent album on the horizon, Ab-Soul and his team at TDE are in full-on promo mode. Following Booth-approved singles Tree Of Life and Stigmata, as well as the overhyped but underwhelming... Read More

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Ab-Soul ft. Action Bronson & Asaad - Stigmata [Stream]

Stigmata is a designation used by members of the Christian faith to describe body markings or sensations of pain in locations corresponding to the crucifixion wounds of Christ. What does this brief history lesson have to do... Read More

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Ab-Soul - Tree Of Life [Stream]

Let’s all bow our heads on this holy, smoke filled day for a short and powerful message from the Black Lipped Pastor… For the Lord said, “Let it be all about the various forms of green!” And it was so.... Read More

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Jesse Medina ft. Ab-Soul, Sir Michael Rocks & Anya Kvitka - Riddims 2.0 [Stream]

Update: The aplusfilmz-directed visuals for Jesse Medina’s Riddims 2.0 single have been added. Jesse Medina‘s last Booth feature came in February, with So Called Friends. On the newly-released Riddims 2.0, Medina... Read More

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Asaad ft. Ab-Soul - Alejandro Jodorowsky Flow [Stream]

Who says hip-hop doesn’t teach you anything? If it weren’t for Asaad‘s latest feature, I might never have known about Alejandro Jodorowsky. For those curious, Alejandro Jodorowsky is a Chilean-French... Read More

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Nitty Scott, MC ft. Ab-Soul - Apex [Stream]

Nitty Scott, MC‘s been absent from our front page since guesting on Blu and Nottz‘s Boyz II Men back in October of 2013, but don’t think for a second that her skills have deteriorated in the months between... Read More

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Smoke DZA ft. Ab-Soul - Hearses [Stream]

Haters and sucker emcees, let it not be said that Smoke DZA never did anything for you. On his latest promo single, the Harlem rhymesayer makes it known that he’s handing out free Hearses to anyone standing in his way.... Read More

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Lupe Fiasco x Ab-Soul - Thorns & Horns [Stream]

Were you one of the hardcore Lupe Fiasco fans who heaved a sigh of disappointment at the straightforward, radio-ready style of last week’s Snitches? Then Thorns & Horns is for you. A loosie released (according to... Read More

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Mac Miller ft. Dash, Ab-Soul, Vince Staples & Retch - Amen [Stream]

On a recent promo cut, Mac Miller wondered whether he might be hip-hop’s version of el Diablo. The fact that his latest feature is called Amen may seem contradictory at first blush, but hit play and you’ll quickly... Read More

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Common ft. Ab-Soul - Made in Black America [Stream & Download]

January’s War found Common offering an incisive, thought-provoking lyrical take on gun violence in his native Chicago. On the newly-released Made in Black America, the Windy City mainstay continues to address the issues... Read More

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Ab-Soul - Dub Sac [Stream]

A few years ago, Ab-Soul was rolling through the city streets with a Dub Sac in his bucket. Today, ain’t nothing changed—except he’s got a whole ounce of good weed, and he’s upgraded his whip to a Benz.... Read More

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Vic Mensa ft. Ab-Soul & BJ The Chicago Kid - Holy Holy [Stream]

Whether consciously or not, artists are often motivated by the desire to create something that will outlast them. Such is definitely the case for Vic Mensa, who comes face to face with his own mortality on Holy Holy, a... Read More

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Chuck Inglish ft. Mac Miller & Ab-Soul - Came Thru / Easily [Stream]

Being fly ain’t just a matter of what you do; it’s also about how you do it. For an example of someone who has both sides of the equation nailed down tight, look no further than Chuck Inglish. On new EP single and... Read More

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Snake Hollywood ft. Ab-Soul - Choke [Stream]

As a rapper, the last thing you want to do when introducing yourself to a new audience is Choke. Fortunately for Snake Hollywood, he’s not the one performing the titular action on his first Booth feature—on the... Read More

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Rapsody ft. Nipsey Hussle, Ab-Soul & Terrace Martin - Never Know [Stream]

With a new project on the horizon, NC emcee Rapsody is back to remind us that she is a quiet force to be reckoned with. If you’re familiar with her work, then you already know what’s up, as her new single Never... Read More

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Ab-Soul - Christopher DRONEr [Stream]

Let it not be said that Ab-Soul shies away from controversy. On his latest feature, the Top Dawg Entertainment signee combines two of the most provocative topics in recent memory—cop killer Christopher Dorner and the US... Read More

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Black Hippy - U.O.E.N.O. (Remix) [Stream & Download]

Yesterday, Kendrick Lamar and his Black Hippy colleagues kicked off the good kid, m.A.A.d. city World Tour in Las Vegas, Nevada. Even while on the road, K.Dot and company are committed to keeping their hungry online fanbase... Read More

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Sir Michael Rocks ft. Ab-Soul & Dash - In a Minute [Stream & Download]

Sir Michael Rocks has a new solo LP, Banco, dropping In a Minute. And by “a minute” I mean “a period of indeterminate length,” since the set is currently unscheduled. Realizing that timeframe might not be entirely... Read More

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Chance The Rapper ft. Ab-Soul - Smoke Again [Stream]

I don’t know about y’all, but if I had a massively-anticipated project scheduled for release tomorrow, I’d be feeling a little anxious. So, what’s Chance the Rapper doing to take the edge off as he... Read More

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Ab-Soul ft. Mac Miller - The End Is Near [Stream]

Ab-Soul has seen the future, and it ain’t looking too bright… for sucker emcees, anyway. On new promo single The End Is Near, the TDE solider informs his competition that they aren’t long for this world.... Read More