Ab-Soul is the resident word-nerd of Black Hippy, the rap crew that includes the Dr. Dre-anointed young rap prince Kendrick Lamar and the brooding, heavy-lidded, ex-Crip leader Schoolboy Q. He’s easily the most cerebral of a fairly brainy crew, and on the ferociously excellent Control System, he produces an immersive, dark and wide-ranging piece of work that takes listeners to Saturn and Andromeda (“Pineal Gland”), sardonically salutes Obama as a “puppet” (“Terrorist Threat”), breaks our heart with a devastating first-person tale of young love and loss (“The Book of Soul”), puffs out some post-Tribe Called Quest weed clouds (“Bohemian Grove”) and oh, also finds room for a sex joke as goofy as “She got that magical vag/ Let me hocus poke.”
By David Turner on 06.24.14 in Reviews
Ab-Soul went for broke last time. On his 2012 effort Control System, the California rapper and Black Hippy member revealed his deep-seated paranoia about the illuminati, called for revolution, and grieved the loss of his...
By Wondering Sound Staff on 12.10.12 in Lists
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By Wondering Sound Staff on 06.14.12 in Lists
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