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Editors’ Notes

Take a cue from biting tracks like "Pineal Gland" and "SOPA"—rapper Ab-Soul is as clever as he is crass, as sharp as he is straight-forward. Indeed, Control System is the high-concept dramedy to the unflinching drama of fellow Black Hippy member Kendrick Lamar's good kid, m.A.A.d city. (The refrain from "Mixed Emotions," for example, is "Who got a Sprite?") Ab's rhymes can be unapologetically out-there at times, such as when he's rapping about Sumerians or nodding to Seinfeld on "Nothing's Something," a song about, well, nothing. But a heart beats resoundingly at the center of Control System. You hear it most affectingly on "The Book of Soul," on which Ab mourns the suicide of ex-girlfriend Alori Joh; she guests on multiple tracks here.

Customer Reviews

Ab-Soul

If you dont know bout ab-soul you better do your research #HiiPower #TDE

AOTY

Hip-Hop album of the year. Black Hippy taking the game over. RIP Alori Joh.

TDE

If you're a fan of TDE, just buy this already. Ab-Soul never disappoints.

Biography

Born: Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Able to juggle the profound and the profane along with the mainstream and the underground, rapper Ab-Soul is a member of the Black Hippy crew as well as a solo artist. Born Herbert Stevens in Los Angeles, Ab-Soul contracted Stevens-Johnson syndrome as a child, a hypersensitivity complex that left him light sensitive and wearing sunglasses most of the time. He rapped throughout high school but didn't take it seriously until after graduation, forming the group Area 51 with rapper Snake Hollywood and...
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