Happy Birthday, Ab-Soul and Theophilus London!
Today, Feb. 23, is the birthday of two rap talents, TDE and Black Hipppy member Ab-Soul and ultra-experimental Brooklyn MC Theophilus London. Both born in 1987, the two rappers celebrate their 30th birthdays today.
Ab-Soul was born Herbert Anthony Stevens IV and got into California's the rap game early. As soon as he graduated high school, Ab-Soul signed to indie label StreetBeat Entertainment before becoming part of the Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE) family in 2008. To date, Ab has released four independent albums under TDE, Longterm Mentality, Control System and These Days... and most recently Do What Thou Wilt. known for his introspective style, Soulo was featured in XXL's Freshman Class along with his Black Hippy partner, Schoolboy Q, in 2013. Check out XXL's recent interview with Soulo below where the TDE solider covered everything from music to feminism.
Like Ab-Soul, Theophilus London has longsince been trying to make his own lane in hip-hop by being as out of the box as possible. Hailing from Brooklyn by way of Trinidad, London mixes electro, reggae and rap in a sound he calls post-punk. His different sound has caught the ear of many music critics, one of the most prolific being Kanye West, who executive produced London's last album, 2014's Vibes.
Theophilus recently ventured into the tech world by teaming up with social media app Clapit to find new musical talent.
Happy Birthday to Ab-Soul and Theophilus London!
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