HIPHOPDX | Ab-Soul Addresses “These Days…” Critics; Says Mac Miller Made “Ride Slow” In 10 Minutes

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Exclusive: Ab-Soul details bonding with Rick Ross, Jay Electronica & Lupe Fiasco via Twitter and why he thinks fans haven’t fully digested his latest album.

Ab-Soul sits back in his chair: cool, calm and collected. It’s been over a month since the release of These Days… and the heavy rounds of promotional-filled days have dwindled down. By now, the reviews have circulated, the fans have made their ultimate decision and the self-proclaimed “Black Lip Pastor” has had a moment to take it all in.

“How was it not Control System 2?” he blurts out in the middle of the interview.

Growing up in his family’s record store in Carson, California, Soulo was surrounded by stacks of carefully packaged sounds. In those days, Ab-Soul, Black Hippy’s second youngest member, had the chance to absorb every detail of the albums that lined the walls, from cover to concept, colors and fonts. Growing up in his family’s record store made him meticulous with his own presentation. His themes, artwork and minute details even down to the tracklists were made with reason. Contrary to what people may think, These Days… was not a mockery. He makes that clear. The title is literal. It’s what he believes these days sound like, but of course, every ear is different.

As he sits across the room, religious icons in stained glass colors stare back off the front of his shirt. Soul, who interpreted one of the most famous religious scenes for his album art, knows that it’s too early for These Days… to be understood.

“I’ma let you all sit down and dissect the movie,” he says. “You know it’s a great one, like Inception. You’re not done watching Inception yet. You’re just not.”

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  • Swagg

    I like it better when you’re just doing reactions and not deciphering a battle. You killed the comedy with your opinion.

  • http://www.fivedollarleases.com/ BEST BEATS ONLINE…..PERIOD

    Yea John John did a lot of flips!!! If you’ve been watching battles for a while you’ll probably give it to Hitman! John John did his thing though!!!

    • Da1chozen

      I agree 100% with this blog. This nigga John John da Don go hard but I felt he was reusing a bunch of Hitman Hollas schemes. Like Cassidy said in that one song, “How you gonna battle me with a style I made up.” That’s real shit. Hitman Got this one 2-1. 

    • http://twitter.com/Maserati_Dreamz Skinny McFly

      JJDD didnt even come up with the whole multiple choice thing , if yall go back to the serious jones era and he did that shit before anybody . but jjdd got bars tho ill admit that

      • Bigmacwhat

        did u watch this battle jjdd gave the credit to serious jones duh

  • http://www.fivedollarleases.com/ BEST BEATS ONLINE…..PERIOD

    Yea John John did a lot of flips!!! If you’ve been watching battles for a while you’ll probably give it to Hitman! John John did his thing though!!!

  • Ron Ski1984

    Good vid, but I think john john won simply because of the fact that hitman stopped rapping because the crowd was booing. And I thought that line about (I’ll reload with the same shells that came out of him) was corny as hell and the crowd went crazy for that shit (you can’t reload shells Lol )that shit didn’t even make sense…. Yeah john john had a lot of flips ,but they still were good counter punches that you gotta give full credit for.

  • Florida Boy

    This nigga funny and he made perfect sense bout John John bar flipping to

  • Florida Boy

    This nigga funny and he made perfect sense bout John John bar flipping to

  • http://www.facebook.com/mastergreen.sandoval Master Green Sandoval

    JOHN JOHN IZ A BATTLE GRUPIE BOTTOM LINE

  • http://www.facebook.com/mastergreen.sandoval Master Green Sandoval

    JOHN JOHN IZ A BATTLE GRUPIE BOTTOM LINE

  • Onyxmcintosh

    there are flips and recycled bars all the time its a slap in the face to the other person to use hit on shit on him and do it better jjdd got him

  • Onyxmcintosh

    there are flips and recycled bars all the time its a slap in the face to the other person to use hit on shit on him and do it better jjdd got him

  • Da1chozen

    I agree 100% with this blog. This nigga John John da Don go hard but I felt he was reusing a bunch of Hitman Hollas schemes. Like Cassidy said in that one song, “How you gonna battle me with a style I made up.” That’s real shit. Hitman Got this one 2-1. 

  • fuck flips

    real talk, couldnt have put it no order way. hitman won

  • fuck flips

    real talk, couldnt have put it no order way. hitman won

  • http://twitter.com/iTweetRealPiff ★Ace Klub★

    I know this nigga doesnt have 3D glasses on..lol..and his multiple choice was kinda hot..lol

  • http://twitter.com/iTweetRealPiff ★Ace Klub★

    I know this nigga doesnt have 3D glasses on..lol..and his multiple choice was kinda hot..lol

  • URLFAN

    LLMMMMMMMMAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO at this nigga Multiple Choice!!!  LLLLLLLOOOOOLLLLL “C) dick in her stomach..cum all up in her guts or D) whip out the cock n bust all of the above” !!!!!!!

  • URLFAN

    LLMMMMMMMMAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO at this nigga Multiple Choice!!!  LLLLLLLOOOOOLLLLL “C) dick in her stomach..cum all up in her guts or D) whip out the cock n bust all of the above” !!!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/Maserati_Dreamz Skinny McFly

    JJDD didnt even come up with the whole multiple choice thing , if yall go back to the serious jones era and he did that shit before anybody . but jjdd got bars tho ill admit that

    • Bigmacwhat

      did u watch this battle jjdd gave the credit to serious jones duh

  • carmine bryant

    real shit hitman all day

  • carmine bryant

    real shit hitman all day

  • Mr.JayDee3000

    “You can’t be Shang Tsung, taking ni@@as souls.”  Lol!!!!!!!!

  • Mr.JayDee3000

    “You can’t be Shang Tsung, taking ni@@as souls.”  Lol!!!!!!!!

  • boogie

    yo smack….who is this nigga?

  • boogie

    yo smack….who is this nigga?

  • Fabaloso86

    Yo dis nigga wild boi dog u said erybody take niggaz slogans n u right but I NEVER seen nobody use it a whole round tho fam john john use niggaz style tha whole battle so how can u say he comin wit bars jus flippin utha people shit niggaz dat don’t rap can do dat homie n U said a whole lotta categories to battle rappin but u left out ORIGINALITY U given john john credit for takin a nigga swag n puttin his own spin on it datz wack homie ya favorite movie must b CB4……….lol

  • Fabaloso86

    Yo dis nigga wild boi dog u said erybody take niggaz slogans n u right but I NEVER seen nobody use it a whole round tho fam john john use niggaz style tha whole battle so how can u say he comin wit bars jus flippin utha people shit niggaz dat don’t rap can do dat homie n U said a whole lotta categories to battle rappin but u left out ORIGINALITY U given john john credit for takin a nigga swag n puttin his own spin on it datz wack homie ya favorite movie must b CB4……….lol

  • Fyi

    wat 2 rounds did hitman win though? round 2 was john johns rnd no way u can justify hitman winnin rnd 2.. And can u really give hitman round 3 if the only hot bar hitman had was used twice before hitman used it? that BODY SCHEME was used the exact same way by big CANNON against heartless, and by shock ru did it against fat los.. if were deducting points than round 3 goes to john john

  • Fyi

    wat 2 rounds did hitman win though? round 2 was john johns rnd no way u can justify hitman winnin rnd 2.. And can u really give hitman round 3 if the only hot bar hitman had was used twice before hitman used it? that BODY SCHEME was used the exact same way by big CANNON against heartless, and by shock ru did it against fat los.. if were deducting points than round 3 goes to john john

  • Supa Grover

    John John won i dont care if he flipped shit…his flips landed hard thats all that matters. 3-0 John John….STL niggas lookin bad.

  • Dr. Drain

    John John won i dont care if he flipped shit…his flips landed hard thats all that matters. 3-0 John John….STL niggas lookin bad.

  • Puzlaeustache

    All facts my dude!!!

  • Puzlaeustache

    All facts my dude!!!

  • Ahmad Willis

    YO SMACK, WHO IS THIS NIGGA?

    ANYWAYS JOHN JOHN SPANKED THAT YOUNG BUL

  • http://www.sotonation.com/ Ahmad Willis

    YO SMACK, WHO IS THIS NIGGA?

    ANYWAYS JOHN JOHN SPANKED THAT YOUNG BUL

  • Tomsissle

    jon jon stole flip mode from busta and stole the don from hollow

  • Tomsissle

    jon jon fliparachi

  • Tomsissle

    jon jon fliparachi

  • Rexchap

    Doesn’t matter if the nigga flipped, cuz WHAT he flipped was better than ANYTHING HOLLA said!  Holla remixed a garbage ass line that didn’t make sense, you can’t reload used bullets, but you niggas act like it made sense!  How many times we gonna hear gun shit, man what, and a stolen body scheme from Big Kannon?

    Fuck that!   JJDD hit harder in that battle!

  • Rexchap

    Doesn’t matter if the nigga flipped, cuz WHAT he flipped was better than ANYTHING HOLLA said!  Holla remixed a garbage ass line that didn’t make sense, you can’t reload used bullets, but you niggas act like it made sense!  How many times we gonna hear gun shit, man what, and a stolen body scheme from Big Kannon?

    Fuck that!   JJDD hit harder in that battle!

  • CAPSSTUCK

    HITMAN TOOK JOHN JOHN TO SCHOOL LMFAO……. BE ORIGINAL, YOU GET NO POINTS FOR COPYING MY NIGGA, THE GUY IN THE VIDEO IS TRYING TO BE NICE….. YOU GET NO POINTS FOR COPYING NO MATTER HOW GOOD YOU COPY. JOHN JOHN LOST WHEN HE WROTE THAT SHIT, AND PROVED HITMANS POINT, THAT HE IS STILL PROVING GROUNDS MATERIAL.

    HE EVEN COPIED HE OWN FIRST NAME, THEN HE COPIED THE DON FROM HOLLOW! THEN HE COPYS PEOPLES RAPS, THEN HE COPIED HITMANS SUCCESS BECAUSE HITMAN GOT HIM THE VIEWS. I CANT RESPECT THAT….

    • Fyi

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=giYp60yHAl0than explain hitman copying  ^^  his only good part of his 3rd round, hitman gets no points for round 3 then right??

      • CAPSSTUCK

         JOHN JOHN IS A BITER MY DUDE, HIS WHOLE BATTLE WAS JUST COPYING.  THEY NEED TO CALL HIM JOHN ZEROX LOLOLOLOL. BC BEAT JOHN, AND NOW HOLLA BEAT JOHN…. ITS LOOKING BAD FOR JOHN.

  • CAPSSTUCK

    HITMAN TOOK JOHN JOHN TO SCHOOL LMFAO……. BE ORIGINAL, YOU GET NO POINTS FOR COPYING MY NIGGA, THE GUY IN THE VIDEO IS TRYING TO BE NICE….. YOU GET NO POINTS FOR COPYING NO MATTER HOW GOOD YOU COPY. JOHN JOHN LOST WHEN HE WROTE THAT SHIT, AND PROVED HITMANS POINT, THAT HE IS STILL PROVING GROUNDS MATERIAL.

    HE EVEN COPIED HE OWN FIRST NAME, THEN HE COPIED THE DON FROM HOLLOW! THEN HE COPYS PEOPLES RAPS, THEN HE COPIED HITMANS SUCCESS BECAUSE HITMAN GOT HIM THE VIEWS. I CANT RESPECT THAT….

    • Fyi

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=giYp60yHAl0than explain hitman copying  ^^  his only good part of his 3rd round, hitman gets no points for round 3 then right??

      • CAPSSTUCK

         JOHN JOHN IS A BITER MY DUDE, HIS WHOLE BATTLE WAS JUST COPYING.  THEY NEED TO CALL HIM JOHN ZEROX LOLOLOLOL. BC BEAT JOHN, AND NOW HOLLA BEAT JOHN…. ITS LOOKING BAD FOR JOHN.

  • Fyi

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=giYp60yHAl0

    hitman copied third round scheme ^^

  • Fyi

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=giYp60yHAl0

    hitman copied third round scheme ^^

  • http://twitter.com/SicWithDaDreads DreadHead_84

    I agree with your Blog 100%

  • http://twitter.com/SicWithDaDreads DreadHead_84

    I agree with your Blog 100%

  • Jayblac1615

    Hitman said the Body Scheme at SUMMER MADNESS 2 in [email protected]:disqus  19th
    Shock RU’s Body Scheme dropped on August 24th
    why is everybody leaving this out????? did Shock Ru call Hitman Holla personally and say heres my scheme…u can have it??? LMAO
    Plus BK scheme is different, u know how many ppl use the super hero captain america thor avengers scheme? are they biting each other??? no! its a general topic that can be used!
    BUT SHOUT TO EVERYBODY SHOWING ME LOVE!!! I said this battle is debatable, JJDD did go off!! he himself said on twitter…hes going in a new route……so am i wrong for what i said? lol

    • Fyi

      the SHOCK RU BATTLE WAS BEFORE HITMANS BATTLE, AND BIG CANNON BODY SCHEME WAS THE SAME PLATFORM, HITMAN DID NOT HAVE TO DO ANYTHING BUT CHANGE HIS SCHEME AKA FLIPPING WHICH IS A CRIME IN THIS BATTLE ACCORDING TO YOU…JUST DONT BE BIAS, HITMAN JACKED THE BODY SCHEME AND IT WAS HIS ONLY HOT BARS IN RND 3 THEREFOR ROUND 3 GOES TO JJ ACCORDING TO YOUR SCORING FOR STEALING LINES

    • Bigmacwhat

      caleco was hosting one of them body scheme battles  and he was skinny so thats a old battle that hitman got to see before it dropped . at SM2 calico is bigger . so we not leaving it out its factual wasnt calico in nyc for SM2. regardless of who used it atleast jjdd used it to the nigga who said it . it didnt try and sneak creep it and not give credit where its due . I RESPECT REALIST AND THATS WHAT HITMAN IS NOT !!!!!!!!!

  • Jayblac1615

    Hitman said the Body Scheme at SUMMER MADNESS 2 in [email protected]:disqus  19th
    Shock RU’s Body Scheme dropped on August 24th
    why is everybody leaving this out????? did Shock Ru call Hitman Holla personally and say heres my scheme…u can have it??? LMAO
    Plus BK scheme is different, u know how many ppl use the super hero captain america thor avengers scheme? are they biting each other??? no! its a general topic that can be used!
    BUT SHOUT TO EVERYBODY SHOWING ME LOVE!!! I said this battle is debatable, JJDD did go off!! he himself said on twitter…hes going in a new route……so am i wrong for what i said? lol

  • Betteryouthenme

    bottom line is who had the better bars?? I think hitman 1st verse was hott…after that it went down and down and down. Its like the nigga prepared for one verse. John John did alot of flips but thats like his style i guess who cares…point is jjd had more bars in my opinion. I Hitman was cool but his bars got basic as fuck after round one. I think niggaz want him to get off the losing streak so bad they trying to make up reasons why they would give it to him. I fucks with him too but my nigga hitman we need alo more then one round especially after all them loses including this one. 1st round was dope. The slow it down hitman said made a cricket jump on the stage….lol naw but john john plz dont ever say a line like that tampax shit. Somebody should of threw a cricket on the stage at that line…lol niggaz be killin me tho its about bars not, crowd reaction and views and all that other bs

  • Betteryouthenme

    bottom line is who had the better bars?? I think hitman 1st verse was hott…after that it went down and down and down. Its like the nigga prepared for one verse. John John did alot of flips but thats like his style i guess who cares…point is jjd had more bars in my opinion. I Hitman was cool but his bars got basic as fuck after round one. I think niggaz want him to get off the losing streak so bad they trying to make up reasons why they would give it to him. I fucks with him too but my nigga hitman we need alo more then one round especially after all them loses including this one. 1st round was dope. The slow it down hitman said made a cricket jump on the stage….lol naw but john john plz dont ever say a line like that tampax shit. Somebody should of threw a cricket on the stage at that line…lol niggaz be killin me tho its about bars not, crowd reaction and views and all that other bs

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1813057870 Jonathan Williams

    i sooooooo glad someone brought this point to the public, JJDD stole too many lines, he came off as a hitman fan, no way he beat hitman, in the 3rd when he was himself he go booed

  • Jonathan Williams

    after watching this battle u realize how great Hitman is, he has classic barz, and JJDD helped me respect hitmans career alot more now.

  • Kconcept28

    real shit

  • Bigmacwhat

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v[email protected] did you see where hitman got his scheme from a no name battle rapper . my take is hitman and all midwest battle rappers complain too much about a bias crowd . what happens when you play a team on they home court you get booed right smh at these sensitive emotional thugs . hit man always start out good but run out of gas and get boring jjdd 2-1 .atleast jjdd reused a nigga line on him and gave credit where its due .this nigga hitman didnt shout out the two dudes that did that body scheme before him bc if he can getaway it he cool . a lame nigga taking credit for someone else’s work!

  • Bigmacwhat

    @jayblac i love the videos . keep up the good work 

  • http://twitter.com/VaSoundTrak SoundTrak

    If it’s John John da Don vs Hitman..and he’s flippin Hitman shit making it sound newer and better against him….tf is the problem? Real shit JJDD is a new nigga, but Hitman didn’t give him a chance bcuz he thought he wouldn’t stand a chance. He still shaping his style and all, but JJDD won this 2-1. Straight up.

  • http://twitter.com/VaSoundTrak SoundTrak

    If it’s John John da Don vs Hitman..and he’s flippin Hitman shit making it sound newer and better against him….tf is the problem? Real shit JJDD is a new nigga, but Hitman didn’t give him a chance bcuz he thought he wouldn’t stand a chance. He still shaping his style and all, but JJDD won this 2-1. Straight up.

  • Saratogalynx

    Homie, one question i need to to know, where are you from ? Who wear frames w/out the lens ? where they do that at..

  • Saratogalynx

    Homie, one question i need to to know, where are you from ? Who wear frames w/out the lens ? where they do that at..

  • Weswesuuwoop

    same thing when hitman battled cortez. cortez re used like 10 things.. agree with this blog doe good shit

  • dennison stone

    Ctfu He Go The Best Multiple Choice

  • dennison stone

    Ctfu He Go The Best Multiple Choice

  • ChiseEagle

    Even though JJDD flipped the JR Smith scheme, it was better than Hitman’s, most schemes are not original, but if you build a better product, you should get points for it. Battle rap is like a dunk contest now, you are going to see the same thing because there is only so much that can be done…

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