The 50 Best Songs of 2012 (So Far)

34. Ab-Soul "Pineal Gland"

Album: Control System
Producer: Tae Beast
Label: Top Dawg Entertainment


Ab-Soul sounds headstrong and self-assured on the majority of Control System. However, there is something almost desperate at the core of "Pineal Gland." Maybe it's Tae Beast's dissonant keys and ominous drum loop, but for whatever reason Ab-Soul sounds like he's been pushed to the edge. Soul Brother Number Two is rapping like he's about to meet his doom and he's trying to take everyone with him. He name-drops Street Fighter character Blanka, opens the third eye with DMT, and gets to traveling through different galaxies in his laser-focused verses. It's a helluva way to go.

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