Nardwuar and TDE’s Ab-Soul Face Off in Strange New Interview

At first, Ab-Soul did not have any patience for Nardwuar's shtick. The Black Hippy member opened the interview by warning the Canadian oddball against any funny…
James Grebey / October 21, 2014

Ab-Soul, ScHoolboy Q, and Mac Miller Consolidate Skills on ‘Hunnid Stax’

In comes a new banger from Top Dawg: "Hunnid Stax" by Ab-Soul, who's prepping for the June 24 arrival of his new album,…
Olivia Forman / June 11, 2014

Rap Songs of the Week: Migos Stay Transcendently Repetitious with ‘Antidope’

KIT ft. Jeremiah Meece, "Cinnamon & Gold Teeth"Hey there, ScHoolboy Q, I'm gonna let you finish, but this KIT character from Chicago, connected to the…
Brandon Soderberg / March 6, 2014

Common and Ab-Soul are ‘Made in Black America’ on Soulful Cut

Common has shared a new track from his forthcoming 10th album, the No I.D.-produced Nobody Smiling. The follow-up to January's "War" features Black Hippy star Ab-Soul and…
Chris Martins / February 13, 2014

Kendrick Lamar’s Verse at the BET Hip-Hop Awards Is the Best Thing He’s Done This Year

The BET Awards cypher is, in part, a necessary nod to hip-hop traditionalism, where the ability to rap very well remains a touchstone. But it's also…
Brandon Soderberg / October 16, 2013

Chuck Inglish, Mac Miller, Ab-Soul Get Trippy on ‘Came Thru/Easily’

Cool Kids co-founder Chuck Inglish has got a full-length debut on deck for the new year — Convertibles, due February 11 on Dave Sitek's Federal Prism…
Chris Martins / October 4, 2013

Pete Rock & Camp Lo Spar With Ab-Soul on ‘Don’t Ya Just Love It’

With '90s-style Bronx rap making a comeback, there are a number of current rappers aiming for Camp Lo's throne. Figures that in 2013, a West…
Jordan Sargent / July 30, 2013

Mac Miller Is Cool Now

Mac Miller never pictured himself in Los Angeles. Born Malcolm McCormick, the 21-year-old rapper grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with New York City looming as…
Jordan Sargent / July 18, 2013

Hear Kendrick Lamar and Black Hippy Wink at Rapey Rozay in Latest ‘U.O.E.N.O’ Remix

The original buzz around Rocko's "U.O.E.N.O." was that it was going to be pushed to radio with new verses by Kendrick Lamar and Kanye West,…
Jordan Sargent / May 23, 2013

No Trivia’s Rap Songs of the Week: Action Bronson Is About to Get His Axl Rose On

Ab-Soul - "Back Then"In which Ab-Soul, one of XXL's 2013 Freshman (even though he's been flirting with the mainstream going on two years now, and…
Brandon Soderberg / May 8, 2013

Action Bronson, Ab-Soul, Travi$ Scott Highlight ‘2013 XXL Freshmen Mixtape’

XXL revealed its 2013 Freshmen Class — its pick of the (sort of) new rappers set to blow up this year — back in…
Jordan Sargent / May 2, 2013

See Chance the Rapper and Ab-Soul ‘Smoke Again’ (and Again) in Trippy Video

Ever since SPIN dropped our own Hottest MCs in the Game list, Chance the Rapper has been going out of his way to prove us right…
Chris Martins / April 30, 2013

Ab-Soul and Kendrick Lamar Brave Post-SOPA Apocalypse in ‘ILLuminate’ Video

The overreaching ambition of the video concept for Ab-Soul's "ILLuminate" reflects the overreaching ambition of the boasts in the song, off of the Los Angeles…
Marc Hogan / January 16, 2013

No Trivia’s Friday Five, Thanksgiving Edition: Let French Montana Be Great!

Switching it up this week (with three extra songs since I missed last week's Friday Five) due to Thanksgiving on Thursday. Of course, Friday is…
Brandon Soderberg / November 21, 2012

No Trivia’s Friday Five: Black Hippy Deconstructs Drake

I think I wandered into a rap blogger version of a Beckett play the other night. I drove all around southern New Jersey on a…
Brandon Soderberg / August 18, 2012

Ab-Soul: Black Hippy’s Heady Energy Force Leads by Listening

Who: Born Herbert Anthony Stevens IV, Ab-Soul, 25, has spent the last few years as the secret weapon of Los Angeles rap collective Black Hippy.
Luke McCormick / July 5, 2012

No Trivia’s Friday Five: Ab-Soul, Killer Mike, More

One of my favorite songs by the late Chuck Brown is 1988's "That'll Work (2001)," a go-go version of Richard Strauss' "Also Sprach Zarathustra." The…
Brandon Soderberg / May 18, 2012

Ab-Soul, ‘Control System’ (Self-released)

Secret best Black Hippy skips ScHoolBoy's machismo, matches Kendrick's bug-out charm, channels P.K. Dick dread.
Brandon Soderberg / May 16, 2012

Kendrick Lamar, Black Hippy Predictably Sign to Interscope

Top Dawg Entertainment, the independent home of Kendrick Lamar and Black Hippy (a.k.a. ScHoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, and Jay Rock), has told the Fader that the…
Devon Maloney / March 9, 2012