Ab-Soul released his breakthrough sophomore album Control System in May via Top Dawg Entertainment. Ab is a member of the L.A. collective Black Hippy, alongside Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar & ScHoolboy Q. The album has garnered universal acclaim from fans and critics alike, as Soul shows and proves that he’s just as nice as the rest of his superb crew.
On “The Book Of Soul”, Ab spits over an eerie, haunting production about the life-threatening skin condition that he contracted as a child.
“I came into this hurtful earth in perfect health, caught Steven-Johnson syndrome when I was 10 years old. Internal and external fever 80%, fatality rate at that time, ain’t that some shit? Severe pink eye my eye’s swollen shut, for like two or three months it’s still bright as fuck. Oh, and I even lost my lip skin, grew back darker than it’s original pigment. Skin disfigured from boils and blisters, unidentifiable by my little sister.”
He goes on to address the death of his close friend and singer Alori Joh on the track. She died in February at the young age of 25 after jumping from a radio tower in. Joh’s featured on two songs, “Empathy” and “A Rebellion”. On the latter track, Soul raps:
“I just want to take that banger, and aim it right at my maker, for placing me round all the danger, I can’t even trust my neighbor.”
“I know I’m all alone on this one, said I know I’m all alone on this one,” Alori and Ab sing together to close out the song.
Also check for: “Bohemian Grove”, “Illuminate”, “Lust Demons”, “Showin’ Love”, “Mixed Emotions”