"God's Reign"


Song: ScHoolboy Q "Collard Greens" featuring Kendrick Lamar
Lyric: Isaiah Rashad speaking at the end while "Collard Greens" is in the background, "God's Reign/These Days...Yo, y'all got some more trees?"

“Tree of Life”


Song: Joey Bada$$ “World Domination”
Lyric: Joey Bada$$’ interlude of the rhymes and Soul rapping, "Heaven ain't far Curtiss, it ain't far at all my nigga/Check, Joey I know I told you, quote it in a verse/But we called it the third eye when it could really be the first"

“Tree of Life”


Song: Jay Z “Breathe Easy/Lyrical Dominance”
Lyrics: "Quiero vivir como los árboles/Breathe easy!/Trees, trees, trees/Soul!"
“Get me some, get me some, some, some/Shit don't grow on trees, breathe easy!”
“Top Dog ENT barkin' on the whole industry/Niggas get to bitin', I be like breathe easy!”

“Hunnid Stax”


Song: Lana Del Rey "National Anthem"
Lyric: "Money is the anthem..."

“Hunnid Stax”


Song: Big Sean "Mula" featuring French Montana
Lyric: "Ain't nothing more important than the mula/Who gettin' them commas, makin' mamas do Kama Sutra"

“Hunnid Stax”


Song: The Notorious B.I.G. "B.I.G. Interlude"
Lyric: "What? It ain't no more to it! Soulo eatin' now! Tell 'em Puff said so"

“Dub Sac”


Song: Kendrick Lamar "The Heart Pt. 1"
Lyric: "Just a lil' Carson, nigga"



Song: Jim Jones "We Fly High"
Lyric: "Ballin!" ad-lib



Song: Snoop Dogg "Lodi Dodi"
Lyric: "Lodi Dodi, we likes to party/We might cause trouble, we might bother somebody"

“Just Have Fun”


Song: Sugar Hill Gang "Rapper's Delight"
Lyric: "Up jumps the boogie bitch, I boogie board on these instruments"

“Just Have Fun”


Song: T.I. "Sorry" featuring Andre 3000
Lyric: "Just have some fun (got that Dopamine, I mean dope)/Yeah, let's have some fun"

“Just Have Fun”


Song: Lil Mouse "Get Smoked"
Lyric: "More fire, that's more fire, that's more fire, that's more (smoke that weed nigga)/ Set that mouse trap, you fuck around, yeah you fuck around and get smoked"

“Just Have Fun”


Song: Drake "Own It"
Lyric: "Niggas talk more than bitches these days/And the new drugs got a nigga trippy these days!"

“Just Have Fun”


Song: Migos "Versace"
Lyric: Ab uses the Migos flow on the outro called "These Days."

“Kendrick Lamar’s Interlude”


Song: DJ Quik “Dollaz + Sense”
Lyric: "It don't make dollars it don't make sense nigga/By the way that's DJ Quik nigga"

“Kendrick Lamar’s Interlude”


Song: Kendrick Lamar "I Am (Interlude)"
Lyric: "Take it from the horses mouth, you'll never understand me/ I told you, my Plan B is to you win your hearts before we win a Grammy"

“Stigmata” featuring Action Bronson & Asaad


Song: Nas "The Cross"
Lyric: "I carry the cross, if Virgin Mary had an abortion/I'd still be carried in the chariot by stampeding horses/I'm more than a man, I've been died and rose again/Left these holes in my hands, so you know who I am"

“Feelin’ Us” featuring Jay Rock & RaVaughn


Song: Chief Keef "Love Sosa"
Lyric: These bitches love Soulo, Del Amo to Soho/Fucking with them Top Dawgs, you'll just look like Todo/Do it all for Soulo, I don't even know them/Hol' up here we go again... Justin bring the chorus in!"

"Ride Slow" featuring Danny Brown


Song: Cypress Hill "Insane In The Brain"
Lyric: "Yo-yo-yo-yo-yo-yo/Insane in the membrane!"

"Ride Slow" featuring Danny Brown


Song: Tupac "Hail Mary"
Lyric: The melody plays before Soulo hits his fourth verse.

"Ride Slow" featuring Danny Brown


Song:Jay Z “Breathe Easy/Lyrical Dominance”
Lyric: "Pardon me I sneezed, blessing conscious as I speak freely/ Death just called homie, breathe easy"

"W.R.O.H." featuring JMSN


Song: Kendrick Lamar “Ronald Reagan Era”
Lyric: Chorus: "Cause we really out here! (We really out here!)/We really out here! (We really out here!)/We really out here!/(We really out here, yeah yeah yeah!)"

After a few setbacks, Ab-Soul’s new album These Days... has arrived. On the 15-track effort, Soulo says the concept behind the LP is self-explanatory, attempting to capture and describe everything that's happening in hip-hop today. “I just wanted it to be a little time capsule of the last couple of years since my absence. The vibe of music and life right now like in last couple of years,” he told us weeks before the June 24 release date. While many of his fans are just sinking their teeth into These Days..., we’ve been constantly keeping it in rotation at the XXL offices. So much that we’ve found out Ab’s been strategically paying homage to a lot of rappers who he respects. Click through to see all 22 song references on These Days..., ranging from The Notorious B.I.G. to Jay Z, who he personally tries to show love on every project. Soul!