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My Story by Ab-Soul

I’m influenced by everybody and everything. My philosophy doesn’t have a backbone. A backbone is a matter.

I have interest in everything. I want to travel the world. I want to touch the grounds of great people. Of course, the religious leader or philosopher who I felt a distinctive connection to is Jesus. But I would recommend people to read The Celestine Prophecy.

I wrote my first rap when I was 12 years old and I’ve been doing it ever since then. I grew up in a record shop. A family-owned record shop called Magic Disc Music. I was selling music a lot, so I had no choice but to come across rap culture. As somebody who sold music, I remember specifically when 2Pac passed. That was crazy. I was real young, but you could kind of see and look at who was coming to get a 2Pac CD. They were crying. It was deep.

When I think about it, these days I kind of listen to everybody. I really don’t like to narrow it down these days and just list certain names. I really been listening to everything, honestly. I think I’ve brushed across a little bit of everything. Definitely because of my family. I don’t listen to, like, a specific genre. I just like what I like, you know what I mean?

I just like a lot of stuff. I just want to keep my perception neutral. I don’t want to hold anybody else on a higher plane than anyone else. But I’ve always had aspirations of becoming an artist and becoming an MC. As a kid, I wanted to mold myself like Jay-Z. I did have a line about running laps around him. I feel like I could. And that’s just it: You can do anything.
I remember the other Freshman covers. The one who stood out to me was Kendrick Lamar. He was tight. He had the Compton crewneck on with the Rolex chain. That was hard.

It’s tight being a XXL Freshman. Especially with my labelmate, friend, brother, Schoolboy. Yeah.

On our way here we were like, “I hope they let us smoke in here.” Real talk that. If I couldn’t smoke in here, this would be tough. Real talk. And not even especially because it’s in New York. It’s like, you guys know that we smoke. So please have somewhere we could smoke some weed. It’s cold out here. So XXL, thank you. I appreciate it, for real. Glad to be here.

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  • Leto El

    It’s nice to finally a story that is well written. Keep it Soulo!
    Also anyone else noticed how he rhymed that paragraph?

  • http://www.facebook.com/kesieekash Nana Yaw Kesiee

    best rapper alive. soul!!!!!!!!!!!

  • SoLo Aulston

    He better KILL it, Soul is the best rapper in black hippy, Control System was a classic!

  • http://twitter.com/_coolassdude ✈ Roe ✈

    killed it!

  • swagzilla

    Spoken Word

    Soul’s the truth

  • http://twitter.com/schrockboy Jordan Schrock

    im surprised chance the rapper is missing

  • http://www.facebook.com/itsMrs.stealYOman Giselle Montalvo


  • schoolboy soul

    solo hoe! the one and only…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Nicholson/511217944 John Nicholson

    Ab-Soul and Joey B. are the top tier artist of this entire selection. Dee-1, Rapsody, and Tito Lopez should’ve been up here.

    Ab-Soul is probably the more conscious and intelligent rapper out of the group. His metaphors, his wordplay concepts, his beat selection, rhyme scheme and his content makes him a supreme lyricist. I’ve been trending this guy for a long time because he’s a really pronounced artist with something to say. He’s balanced too: he mixes the profane with the profound. But lyrically….this guy is up there!! This dude said: We could be racing on unicycles and I wouldnt be the ONE TIRED!! <<< Ouuuuuuuuuuch!
    I also value Ab-Soul's work ethic. I mean, look at the resume. He didn't just emerge from the underground. He wasn't a one album, seasonal rapper that just happened to blossom out of the concrete. This dude has been working and exciting his buzz. It's a blessing that this guy made it. Definitely peep his stuff on youtube. A lot of these artists don't even havean album yet…(not that it really matters) and this guy is well developed for this. Hope he's maintains the pace.

    • Leto El

      You can just compare how Ab-Soul wrote his story compared to say Travis Scott to see the difference in content, intelligence, etc. I mean who else would recommend to read The Celestine Prophecy on his XXL cover?

    • http://www.facebook.com/robert.spears.370 Robert Spears

      Agreed. Dee-1 is sick.

    • http://twitter.com/pzander14 peter alexander

      everything this dude’s saying is truth

  • http://www.facebook.com/kesieekash Nana Yaw Kesiee


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  • AG

    killiminati bitch fuck his abscent soul

  • http://www.facebook.com/robert.spears.370 Robert Spears

    He took it way easy on this joint.

  • http://www.facebook.com/daniel.abiola.3 Daniel Abiola

    ab-soul is phenomenal rapper, but expected more from his freestyle

  • johndoe

    ab soul my boy u the best keep up the good work probably the most genuine lyricist in this fuckin classroom

  • johndoe

    so high but i’m soulo

  • johndoe

    Nibiru was incredible . UNIT 6 gon be amazin

  • sooobad

    god his freestyle blows

  • Jaylen Jones

    Ab-Soul is the greatest rapper to me. SOUL!!! Hiii POWER big fan of TDE!

  • Godfrey Agogo