Ab-Soul's third studio album, These Days..., hits stores in less than a week. It's been a long time coming for the Carson, California rapper who saw his last project, the critically acclaimed Control System, come out in May 2012. Since then, Soul has seen his label, Top Dawg Entertainment, become one of the hottest labels in rap and watched his label mates, Kendrick Lamar and ScHoolboy Q, shoot to stardom. That's not to say Soul hasn't been putting in work. When he hasn't been on tour, he was in the lab cooking up a collaborative album with JMSN called Unit 6 (which unfortunately got shelved) as well as his latest effort. 

For our first installment of Complex's new series, Fire Conversation, we wanted to to get down with Ab to talk about his album and what inspired it. But as often is the case with Ab, it got much deeper than that. Soul clarified that he's not actually signed to Interscope, talked how he enjoys sipping lean, and even found time to compare TDE to Death Row. Check out the interview above.

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