Ab-Soul has begun to take the hip-hop world by storm with his talented west coast style rap skills. In 2009 he formed the group Black Hippy which includes Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock, and Kendrick Lamar. The four rappers have featured each other on their albums and support one in another in the rap game. Being a part of such a talented group of artists has allowed Ab-Soul to grow and succeed as a rapper. ScoreBig has your access to all Ab-Soul tickets. Make sure to cop your tickets to see Ab-Soul live in concert. You do not want to miss it!
Ab-Soul is the stage name for Herbert Anthony Stevens IV who was born on February 23, 1987 in Los Angeles, California. In an interview with Stevens, Ab-Soul said when he was a kid he was really into video games and basketball. When Stevens was 10 years old he was diagnosed with Stevens-Johnson syndrome. This syndrome is the reason for Ab-Soul’s dark lips and light-sensitive eyes; which is why you will almost always see him wearing sunglasses. Stevens found a passion for music at a young age because his family owned a record store. After he graduated from high school he attempted to go to college but dropped when he realized he wanted to be a full time rapper.
Signing with Top Dawg Entertainment
In 2005, Ab-Soul signed a two-year recording contract with StreetBeat Entertainment. During these two years he met Punch, the President and Chairman of Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE). He got along with Punch and after his contract with StreetBeat Entertainment ended Ab-Soul signed with TDE in 2007. At the time, TDE was also working with Jay Rock and K-Dot (now known as Kendrick Lamar). Ab-Soul released his first mixtape with TDE in 2009 and his second mixtape in 2010. It wasn’t until 2001 that he released his first official studio album.
Longterm Mentality and Control System
Under TDE, Ab-Soul released his first studio album on April 5, 2011 which was called Longterm Mentality. Longterm Mentality peaked at number 73 on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Early in 2012, Ab-Soul’s longtime girlfriend, Alori Joh, committed suicide. Joh’s death devastated Ab-Soul and had a big impact on the writing process for his next album. The next album titled Control System and was released on May 1, 2012. On the back of this album it said “Dedicated to the beautiful soul of Loriana Angel Johnson aka Alori Joh”. Control System featured artists such as Jhené Aiko, Danny Brown, BJ the Chicago Kid, and the rest of the Black Hippy group. The album peaked at number 91 on the Billboard 200 and number 9 on the US Top Rap Albums.
These Days… and Do What Thou Wilt.
Ab-Soul’s third studio album was called These Days… and was released in June of 2014. The album featured artists like Rick Ross, SZA, Lupe Fiasco, Action Bronson, Mac Miller, and the Black Hippy group members. J. Cole and Mac Miller also helped produce two of the songs on the album. With an all-star cast of artists and producers, the album peaked at number 11 on the Billboard 200 and number 2 on the US Top Rap Albums. These Days… was Ab-Soul’s most successful album thus far. It wasn’t long before he started working on this fourth studio album.
Do What Thou Wilt. is Ab-Soul’s fourth studio album and was released in December of 2016. This album was not quite as successful as Ab-Soul’s These Days… as it peaked at number 34 on the Billboard 200. This was the first Ab-Soul album that did not feature Kendrick Lamar or Jay Rock.
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