Review: Ab Soul — These Days

Music, Newness, Review


Where Control System made connection with those who listen to music with their heads, it seems as though These Days was made with the soul part of Soul. With all the weariness from  Control System lovers talking about “off singing” or “softer topics”, number 15 (the last song) is strong enough to carry the rest (as if it needed it). That track is ‘W.R.O.H’ feat JMSN— a 23min song featuring a hidden  a cappella which vibes out on some very conscious topics.

Pitchfork wrote:

“Ab-Soul, it was recently revealed, was never signed to Interscope. It’s a poignant revelation, one casting Ab as the last-picked kid in gym class. In the meantime, Isaiah Rashad may have eaten his lunch. But These Days…, which finally sees release this week, doesn’t seem to mind. “

To me, the ‘doesn’t seem to mind part’ is the makings of a ‘dad’ position. Someone confident, solid and strong; someone who doesn’t mind who in his family gets more, because it’s all one in the same at dinner time.

Perhaps Soul knew, when he spat“If I ain’t better than Kendrick then nobody is then”, people would try say Kendrick featured on the better song on the album.

 People have also said Kendrick has the best album on TDE and These Days is full of “trap shit”.

So there’s two scenarios:

  • Ab Soul is making ignant music (REALLY?!!)…(Like actually, you gonna entertain that thought after Control System)…..(Really??)…ok sure.

  • Or they don’t like the commercial sound of it but erm, Good Kid, M.A.A.D City was that, wasn’t it?


More and more lately the topics third eye, pineal glands and dimethyltryptamine are creeping into verses.  It is certainly not something new for Ab Soul (just peep the tattoos in Closure).  Last but not least, the Black Hippy legend says on Just Have Fun, “I write with a ghost”. Which to me, is the thirdeye consciousness that I can trust because it’s the same thing anyone coming with soul says.

It’s good to hear more and more of SZA too.


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