15 Songs, 1 Hour 19 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Ab-Soul is the Black Hippy collective’s wild card, and These Days shows that he has no intention of circumscribing his style. The rough edges of his raps are left intact, which gives even hyper-focused songs like “Tree of Life” and “Hunnid Stax” the breathless, live-wire intensity of improvisation. Ab-Soul revels in self-contradiction. He’s not afraid to juxtapose spiritual introspection with a filthy outburst, or place the suave “Feelin’ Us” next to the desiccated thrusts of “Ride Slow.” The self-portrait he offers on “Stigmata” is apt: “Real rare breed/Cut from the cloth like a phoenix feather when I write/Molotov, yikes!”

EDITORS’ NOTES

Ab-Soul is the Black Hippy collective’s wild card, and These Days shows that he has no intention of circumscribing his style. The rough edges of his raps are left intact, which gives even hyper-focused songs like “Tree of Life” and “Hunnid Stax” the breathless, live-wire intensity of improvisation. Ab-Soul revels in self-contradiction. He’s not afraid to juxtapose spiritual introspection with a filthy outburst, or place the suave “Feelin’ Us” next to the desiccated thrusts of “Ride Slow.” The self-portrait he offers on “Stigmata” is apt: “Real rare breed/Cut from the cloth like a phoenix feather when I write/Molotov, yikes!”

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