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10 Things to Learn from Ab Soul's 'These Days'

Consummate Black Hippie, Ab Soul, just released his album These Days and true Soulo fans are living! From “God’s Reign” to “W.R.O.H.,” this new record is a lesson in classic soul, with its third eye references and TDE shout-outs. But for those black-lipped bastard newbies who are wondering what he’s all about, everything you need to know is in the lyrics. Check out this list of 10 things we learned about fluffy-haired friend from These Days.

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Ab Soul and Joey

1. There's no bi-coastal or crew beef in his camp.

The album features artists from all over: Pro Era’s Joey Bada$$, Chicago’s Lupe Fiasco, and even Puffy.

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Ab Souls Set Trippin

2. Soul is not here for set trippin'.

I say cuz around Bloods and I say Blood around Crips, I'm twisted  —"God's Reign"

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Ab Soul Alori

3. He continues to honor ex Alori Joh.

On his track, "Closure" featuring Jhene Aiko, Ab-Soul talks about dealing with losing his ex girlfriend Alori Joh.

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Ab Soul TDE

4. He puts on for TDE.

They liking us, to lightening striking over Mount Everest?hat ever so, talented establishment?. TDE. Jay Rock, K Dot, ScHoolboy, me, Soul? (What up Zay? What Up SZA?) —"Just Have Fun"

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Ab Soul Tatt

5. Soul believes in the 3rd eye.

It makes sense I take interest in the third eye?Due to my lack of sight, I guess it's a sacrifice —"Have Fun"

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 Ab Soul Sex

6. He's not interested in anything more than a little horizontal play

Me and she sittin' in a tree. K.I.S.S.I.N.G. First comes love, then comes marriage. Fuck that! I'm just tryna get up in your panties  —"Tree of Life"

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Ab Soul and Mac

7. He's partial to surprises.

Mac Miller and Joey Bada$$ both surprise us on hooks for separate songs, though they weren't in the feature credits.

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Ab Soul Hair

8. Ab Soul and his glorious mane hold the secret for naturalists trying to keeping their curl... Soul Glo!

I left America with a bottle of Soul Glo —"Tree of Life"

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Ab Soul Smoke

9. He's partial to the "high" life, no matter the consequences

I had a dub sack in my bucket. ?Rolling around like, 'fuck it.' Now I got a OZ in this Benz, still rolling around like 'fuck it.' —Dub Sac

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Ab Soul Hyphe

10. He can get hyphe with the best of them

His collar with Short Dawg and Jinx on TWACT definitely has that bay area sound to it.

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