After the less than impressive comeback/crossover raps of Kendrick Lamar’s i we’ve decided to pass on the title of our fave Black Hippy to Ab-Soul.
Ab’s 3rd solo record These Days which dropped back in June was a solid offering with one of the best supporting casts of 2014 including guest spots from Black Hippy affiliates Kendrick & Schoolboy Q as well as Action Bronson, Danny Brown, Lupe Fiasco, Rick Ross & SZA.
As good as the album is, it’s the just shy of 2 minutes title track hidden in the middle of the record (after Just Have Fun) that’s offered the most in terms of replay value.
Ab-Soul’s hyperactive flow is the perfect compliment to the stripped back production and sing-song vibes provided by The O'My’s. We haven’t been shy about our love for Chance The Rapper around these parts and being that this sounds like something he’d serve up, that probably helps explain our love for it.
Now on a similar stripped back tip, Ab-Soul has gone in over the top of the Jackson Browne tune that shares the same name of his record…. and when we say gone in over the top we literally mean he’s gone in over the top. He just lets JB’s These Days play in the background while he fills the gaps with reflective raps to create W.W.S.D…
Maybe it’s due to the fact I’ve been watching way too much Nashville but if this is anything to go by I’m definitely down for a little country with my rap.