12 Facts About Ab-Soul


Herbert Anthony Stevens IV was born on February 23,1987, and better known by his stage name Ab-Soul, is an American rapper, singer and songwriter.

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Ab-Soul spent the first four years of his life in Korea while his father was in the military, right up until his parents split and he and his mother subsequently moved back to the United States, to live in his grandmother's house in Carson, California.

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In February 2011, Ab-Soul revealed he was working on an album titled Longterm Mentality, and subsequently released "Hell Yeah", a track featuring Schoolboy Q On February 22,2011, Stevens released another promotional recording taken from the album, "Moscato", a collaboration with another fellow Black Hippy, Kendrick Lamar.

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On May 1,2012, Ab-Soul released another music video, for a new song titled "Empathy", the song features vocals from Stevens' late longtime girlfriend Alori Joh, who had committed suicide earlier in February.

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The day before the album's release Ab-Soul revealed the track listing and released snippets from the album.

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Budden has since announced that he and Ab-Soul have recorded many songs together which will be seeing the light of day in the near future.

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On March 26,2013, it was announced that Ab-Soul would be featured on XXLs 2013 Freshman Class issue, alongside Schoolboy Q and other up-and-coming rappers.

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Ab-Soul revealed the album is about progression and confirmed there would be appearances from his TDE label-mates, as well as production from hip hop producer Statik Selektah.

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In February 2015, Ab-Soul premiered the song "47 Bars" online, produced by The Alchemist.

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Ab-Soul completed the post with the hashtag "DWTW", presumably the album title acronym to which he kept alluding.

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Ab-Soul then ended his set by freestyling and promising a new album in 2020.

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Ab-Soul cites fellow American rappers Twista, Canibus, Eminem, Nas and Lupe Fiasco as major influences, with Jay-Z being his biggest influence.

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