In the wake of returning from a near four month hiatus, Ab-Soul exclusively chatted with XXL about his new track “Christopher DRONEr,” his upcoming project with JMSN, and what we can expect from TDE as a unit. Along with confirming a new project is surely on the way, releasing the new material just yesterday, the “Black Lip Bastard” revealed that the track is indeed in response to the Christopher Dorner incident and he believes the whole ordeal was simply forgotten.
“Actually just me and my homies, we was just looking further into the case, the situation at hand,” Ab-Soul told XXL. “I think the whole situation was very open-ended. Definitely no disrespect to Trayvon Martin or a lot of the things that have been happening along those lines. But I kinda just wanted to make sure we didn’t completely just forget about the situation.”
As for the timing of the record, the rapper explained, “I wrote it back when it happened, but we finally got around to putting it out.[I] felt like it was a good time. Because I haven’t heard too much more about it. I haven’t heard these conversations so I felt like it was a great time to put it out. Just don’t forget this happened not too long ago. That was pretty crazy. We don’t really know [what happened]. I really looked into it because it was really heart felt. Even still the whole case is really open-ended.”
Ab also revealed that Meek Mill once used the same sample on a song of his own. He added Meek should have been part of the project. “It’s crazy too because I heard that Meek Mill used that same sample not too long on a joint,” he said. “It was crazy because I feel like I used some Meek Mill influence even in the DRONEr song without even hearing his record first. That was a great display of how I am influenced by what’s going on.”
The TDE rapper also spoke of a project with JMSN stating, “I had a project with JMSN that I did, but our management couldn’t see eye to eye so we still got that in the cut. As of right now it’s sounding like prequel to my album.”
As far as what fans can expect from his new project, the 2013 XXL Freshman says, “I’m fine tuning it right now. I don’t even really know if I want to call it an album yet. I just want to call it a project. You know I’ve been quiet for awhile. We’re still really excited about the success of good kid m.A.A.d city so we riding that out as long as possible, as well as getting Q’s album finished up, Oxymoron.”
Along with confirming that both JMSN and Jhené Aiko will appear on his next project, the weed connoisseur had high regards for his TDE clan assuring, ”We just building. I talked to Loaded Lux last night on the phone [about this] and you gone do two things in this world, you gon’ either build or destroy. So we just gone continue to build.”—Miranda Johnson (@Randa_Writes)