Happy Birthday, Ab-Soul!
Ab-Soul, born Herbert Anthony Stevens IV, got into the rap game early. As soon as he graduated high school, the California native 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, These Days... and most recently, Do What Thou Wilt.
Once Do What Thou Wilt was released in 2016, Ab-Soul tweeted that he wanted Lupe Fiasco to review it. Soulo got his wish, as the Chicago rap icon let him know how he felt about his latest project. Lupe's thoughts were totally positive, and he gave the younger rapper plenty of props. "With this understanding of language he elevates the common and the banal to a kind of high ornamental vulgarity fit for the average Joe," he shared. "But it’s when he brings this skill set to subjects of the socially esoteric and the hermeneutical that AbSoul IT’s alchemical mastery shines and impresses."
Known for his introspective style, Soulo was featured in the 2013 XXL Freshman Class, along with his Black Hippy partner, Schoolboy Q. Check out XXL's past interview with Soulo, where the TDE soldier covered everything from music to feminism.
Back in 2017, Soul revealed some details about his long-awaited mixtape, Longterm 3, but that project still hasn't been released just yet. In 2018 the Cali MC contributed to the universally acclaimed Black Panther soundtrack and went out on TDE's The Championship Tour. The tour saw Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, SZA, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, SiR and Lance Skiiiwalker traverse through North America as they performed in front of one packed audience after another.
Happy birthday Soulo!
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