Since Ab-soul’s These Days was released in June, there’s been a paradigm shift in the hierarchy at Top Dawg Entertainment. By releasing his album after cohorts Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q, there was an insuperable pressure for him to maintain the remarkable level of success that TDE artists have had with their solo records. With These Days, Ab-soul has raised the bar, for both his Black Hippy brethren and all artists, actually.

In These Days listeners are taken through the murky waters of Ab-souls mind. His delivery is frank, unabashed and witty with enough silly punchlines to remind you that despite his shitty experiences, his humor is well intact.

Witnessing almost the full album come to fruition on stage gave even more depth into the character of a man who is often hidden under a hat and oversized shades. What his physical presence lacks is more than made up for with his on stage persona. As soon as he ran up on stage, the crowd, already rowdy and sweaty from anticipation erupted into maniacal praise.

From the first song to the last (with a few smoke breaks in between) he was a maze of energy, dropping some wisdom, and sharing his spirituality with the crowd between songs.


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