Ab-Soul

Ab-Soul

Ab-Soul

Biography

Able to juggle the profound and the profane along with the mainstream and the underground, rapper Ab-Soul is a member of the Black Hippy crew as well as a solo artist. Born Herbert Stevens in Los Angeles, Ab-Soul contracted Stevens-Johnson syndrome as a child, a hypersensitivity complex that left him light sensitive and wearing sunglasses most of the time. He rapped throughout high school but didn't take it seriously until after graduation, forming the group Area 51 with rapper Snake Hollywood and signing a deal with Street Beat Entertainment in 2005.

The two-year deal ran out with much to show for it, but in 2007, Ab-Soul joined the Top Dawg label with his A Day in the Life mixtape following a year later. In 2009 he formed the Black Hippy crew with fellow Top Dawg artists Schoolboy Q, Kendrick Lamar, and Jay Rock, then in 2011, he made his solo debut with the album Longterm Mentality. His sophomore and breakthrough effort Control System followed a year later, featuring guest spots from the whole Black Hippy crew along with other artists like Jhené Aiko and Danny Brown. The album climbed to number 83 on the Billboard 200 albums chart while his 2014 effort, These Days…, featured names like Lupe Fiasco plus Rick Ross, and debuted at number 11.

Discography

Ab-Soul - Longterm Mentality

Ab-Soul - Longterm Mentality

Top Dawg Entertainment 2011
Ab-Soul - Control System

Ab-Soul - Control System

TopDawg Ent. 2012
Ab-Soul - These Days...

Ab-Soul - These Days...

Top Dawg Entertainment 2014
Ab-Soul - Long Term 1 & 2

Ab-Soul - Long Term 1 & 2

AAA Records 2015

Guest Appearances

Kendrick Lamar - Kendrick Lamar EP
  • P&P

Kendrick Lamar - Kendrick Lamar EP

Top Dawg Entertainment 2009
Noa James - Beautiful Darkness
  • Path To Make It / You're The Only One

Noa James - Beautiful Darkness

Black Cloud Music 2010
Jay Rock - Follow Me Home
  • No Joke

Jay Rock - Follow Me Home

Strange Music, Top Dawg Entertainment, RBC Records 2011
ScHoolboy Q - Setbacks
  • Druggys Wit Hoes

ScHoolboy Q - Setbacks

Top Dawg Entertainment 2011
Schoolboy Q - Habits & Contradictions
  • Druggys Wit Hoes Again

Schoolboy Q - Habits & Contradictions

Top Dawg Entertainment 2012
Terrace Martin - 3ChordFold
  • Ab Soul's Intro

Terrace Martin - 3ChordFold

AKAI Music 2013
Bigg Steele - Skorcezzi
  • Angels

Bigg Steele - Skorcezzi

Street Currency Entertainment 2014
Black Hippy - Black Hippy
  • I Do It For Hip Hop

Black Hippy - Black Hippy

First Place Records 2014
F.Y.I. - Yo! The Places You'll Go (Retail Version)
  • Dopamine

F.Y.I. - Yo! The Places You'll Go (Retail Version)

F.Y.I. Enterprises 2014
Adam Roose - Bixby Knolls LP
  • Fo Lyfe

Adam Roose - Bixby Knolls LP

The University Creative Group 2014
Utk - Feels Great To Be Dope
  • Talk To Em

Utk - Feels Great To Be Dope

Not On Label 2014
Vince Staples - Stolen Youth
  • Killin' Y'all

Vince Staples - Stolen Youth

Flatland Records 2014
The Game - The Documentary 2
  • Dollar And A Dream

The Game - The Documentary 2

eOne Music 2015
Danny Brown - Atrocity Exhibition
  • Really Doe

Danny Brown - Atrocity Exhibition

Warp Records 2016
The Game - The Documentary 2 + 2.5 (Collector's Edition)
  • Dollar And A Dream

The Game - The Documentary 2 + 2.5 (Collector's Edition)

eOne Music 2016

Compilations

Various - Treacherous Records Presents: The Mint Room
  • Donnie Brasco

Various - Treacherous Records Presents: The Mint Room

Treacherous Records 2012
Various - B-Magic Presents: Street Music Compliation Vol. 1
  • Talk To Em

Various - B-Magic Presents: Street Music Compliation Vol. 1

Da Show Ent. 2015