The Stories Behind 15 Rappers' Rap Names

Ab-Soul

Government name: Herbert Anthony Stevens IV

"It's like a real long, drawn-out story to it, but it really kind of just comes from 'Absolute'," Ab-Soul said, in an interview with CLCTVE. "My little sister was putting on a little stage play production of Dreamgirls. I don't know if you saw the movie, but this was before I seen the movie. It's a part where Jimmy Early's performing and he does the 'Jimmy got soul! Jimmy got soul! Jimmy got, Jimmy got, Jimmy got sooooooul!' and the crowd goes wild. So I had 'Absolute'..." He decided to change it to Ab-Soul because Absolute was too simple, and there was already a group called Absoul, sans the dash.

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