A second TDE collab for Kembe X in as many days. Ab-Soul joins in on the fun along with longtime collaborator Alex Wiley as #Village x #TDE is official below with “As I Unfold”. I’m diggin’ the fast flows from all parties involved and the beat changing is a good look to keep casual listeners even more engaged (I like this outro too). Listen/download this one for your rotation as the Kembe X EP drops August 19th.
Ab-Soul and Statik Selektah linked up for this cut dedicated to the imprisioned Max B, appropriately titled “To The Max”. The song didn’t make These Days, but the two decided to release it for free today.
Statik Selektah’s got one on his hands here. “Alarm Clock” smartly has nothing to do with the actual noises an alarm clock makes for the production. Instead, he puts down a very chill production with a pleasing female soul sample on a quick hook that separates stellar verses from Ab-Soul, Jon Connor, and Logic in that order. I was impressed with Soul’s as I didn’t get into his album like many. Jon Connor’s stood out to the instant alliteration he put down (I always love to hear alliteration.) And Logic concluded not only the song, but his verse with some words of advice to follow your dreams. Can’t knock that at all! This is off Statik Selektah’s upcoming album, #WhatGoesAround, out August 19th.
I should preface this by saying “Hunnid Stax” isn’t one of my faves from TDE here, but for anyone lookin’ for that party song, they bring out the red cups, the ladies, and of course the hunnid dolla bills for the video to this These Days cut above.
TDE fans are stoked with today’s release of the long-awaited debut album from Ab-Soul. These Days boasts features from his TDE teammates Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock, and SZA, along with Lupe Fiasco & Nikki Jean, Rick Ross, Jhene Aiko, Action Bronson, Danny Brown, upcoming Chicago band The O’My’s, and more. If you have been up on every preview and want the full album stream, proceed below. I haven’t dived into it just yet but did skip right ahead to the Kendrick Lamar Interlude that contrasts a chill, jazzy production that wonderfully goes solo at the end with K. Dot as intense as ever. The album can be copped now.
“Closure” is the latest preview off the upcoming Ab-Soul debut album, These Days, and it differs as one of the album’s most emotional records. Ab croons and raps over a lost love of which he has no regrets, just wishes for being together. The story is an easy one to follow and quite possibly relatable, including the concluding scene after the song concludes. Jhene Aiko doesn’t really feature (or star in the video :(), but provides additional vocals on the hook. These Days drops Tuesday.
The These Days collab I was really waiting on: “World Runners” f/ Lupe Fiasco & Nikki Jean. Produced by Tae Beast, the song gets off to an intense start with Lupe minimally involved as Ab-Soul does the heavy lifting. I wasn’t vibing with it too much by the time Lupe’s concluding verse started, which definitely had its moments. Moreso the bummer: it wasn’t the track for Nikki Jean to belt out her vocals and show off the range as she’s really just on the outro. Needs more Nikki! Overall, it has all the ingredients to grow on me though with more listens so hit the official stream below.