1. Ab-Soul Talks About the Duality of 'These Days' Album & Danny Brown's Advice

    June 20, 2014 5:02 PM EDT Ab-Soul is focused on his own — in between jugs of cough syrup, mid-conversation naps and fights with his own label. His raps frequently evoke higher consciousness, but Ab-Soul is only half-awake — if that. It's 11:15 a.m. on a Saturday and the self-described "Black Lip Bastard…

  2. Lana Del Rey, Maroon 5 & Ab-Soul: Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Video Show Ep. 3 (Watch)

    June 20, 2014 10:57 AM EDT Welcome to Billboard's weekly video show "Real-Time Rewind," which recaps the past week's hottest action on the new Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts -- Trending 140 and Emerging Artists -- and the news that's driving the action. Hosted by Billboard's Joe Levy,…

  3. The Juice Podcast: Ab-Soul Talks 'These Days' Delays & Collabos; Ratking Interview

    May 30, 2014 1:56 PM EDT The fifth episode of The Juice Podcast features Top Dawg Entertainment's Ab-Soul and new rap trio, Ratking. Billboard's Social Charts Manager William Gruger co-hosts. Ab-Soul’s third solo album, “These Days,” has seen its share of delays. After expressing his frustration on…

  4. Asaad, 'Flowers II': Exclusive Mixtape Download

    March 27, 2014 1:45 PM EDT It's not that he's misunderstood, it's that to know Asaad you have to dig deep. In a short period of time, the North Philly rapper has felt two record deals fall through his fingers (G-Unit/Interscope and Atlantic Records) and the dishonesty from former friend and collaborator…

  5. The Seed: Ab-Soul, Party Next Door, Adrian Marcel & More

    April 26, 2013 4:05 PM EDT There was a plethora of hip-hop debuts this week. Party Next Door’s “Make a Mil” made a big splash online after being posted on Drake’s October's Very Own site. The Canadian rapper sparked rumors that he has signed the new singer as a replacement for the Weeknd. Sonically, “Make a Mil”…

  6. Kendrick Lamar, Top Dawg Entertainment Take Over SXSW: Day in the Life

    March 16, 2013 1:07 PM EDT "Kendrick and the whole [of Top Dawg Entertainment] had an incredible year last year," Kendrick's manager, Dave Free says. "We'll continue that in 2013." Not just anyone would get a call from Alicia Keys to perform alongside her; so when Kendrick Lamar did, he…

  7. Ab-Soul's Timeline: The Rapper's Life From 5 Years Old to Now

    August 08, 2012 1:05 PM EDT Ab-Soul takes us on a journey through his 25-year life in five-year intervals. "Man… At 25, I lost my world and I got the world at the same time," Ab-Soul said, hours before stepping on stage at his first headlining New York show. "'The Book of Soul,'" I say,…