Who Is Ab-Soul?

His Long Term Mentality Series

Ab-Soul:“We've kind of got this unspoken rotation that we're doing. It's kind of like Jay Rock, Kendrick, Q, then me. Yearly. That's what it looks like. It probably won't stay solidified like that, but it's just this unspoken rotation that we've got going on. We just try to stay working in-between our little gaps. That is our time to present some new material.

 

I hear what Kendrick is talking about, I hear what Q is talking about, I heard what Jay Rock was talking about. So how am I going to piece this all together and add my own two cents, too? How do I continue the sound but have my individuality as an artist? It's the same challenge every single time.

 

"So it's an ongoing onslaught, it never stops. I never really stop working. My process is similar throughout all my projects. I really just take a lot of time and think about it. And then I take my time with the writing and it somehow just pieces all together. I don't have no set way of doing anything, I just kind of gain inspiration from anything that I can.”

"I compare [the process behind] Long Term Mentality to the process with all of my joints. Kendrick’s OD had came out and Q’s Setbacks had came out. I had these bodies of work to go off of as references, as inspiration.

"I hear what Kendrick is talking about, I hear what Q is talking about, I heard what Jay Rock was talking about. So how am I going to piece this all together and add my own two cents, too? How do I continue the sound but have my individuality as an artist? It's the same challenge every single time.

"Every project that I do is just a time capsule of where I'm at at the time. What I'm thinking about, what's going on with me at the time. Every project that I do. I want to keep it that way. I don't want to make it too difficult for myself, I don't want to be too hard on myself. I just want it to be a natural flow. Everything stays organic.”

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