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Ab-Soul 6/24/2014

Review

Like the rest of his crew, Black Hippy (Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, and Schoolboy Q), Ab-Soul is skilled at balancing the mainstream and the underground along with the sublime and the ridiculous. Spinning so many plates means his third album is a bit scattered and a tad overwhelming, but those who like their hip-hop to be a mix of machismo and maverick can easily ignore these small bumps in the road, because These Days... offers a whirlwind of excellent hooks and exciting ideas. Here, big hardcore ballers ("Hunnid Stax" with Schoolboy Q) sit next to ambitious cloud-rap explorations of self ("World Runners" with Lupe Fiasco and Nikki Jean) and sometimes, the two worlds meet, like when Miami Don Rick Ross gets covered in stuttering, indie-flavored syrup ("Nevermind That"). The three other members of Black Hippy appear, along with great choices like Action Bronson and Danny Brown, plus the 23-minute closer, "W.R.O.H.," is no ponderous epic, but some audio verite that's humorous, odd, and enlightening. Artful and gangsta at the same time, These Days... is a true stunner. ~ David Jeffries
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Gods Reign Ab-Soul 4:17
  3. 2 Tree of Life Ab-Soul 5:35
  4. 3 Hunnid Stax Ab-Soul 3:23
  5. 4 Dub Sac Ab-Soul 5:50
  6. 5 World Runners Ab-Soul 5:2
  7. 6 Nevermind That Ab-Soul 4:39
  8. 7 Twact Ab-Soul 3:48
  9. 8 Just Have Fun Ab-Soul 5:31
  10. 9 Kendrick Lamar's Interlude Ab-Soul 4:59
  11. 10 CleanClosure Ab-Soul 3:26
  12. 11 Sapiosexual Ab-Soul 3:36
  13. 12 Stigmata Ab-Soul 3:49
  14. 13 Feelin Us Ab-Soul 5:9
  15. 14 Ride Slow Ab-Soul 7:21
  16. 15 W.R.O.H Ab-Soul 12:47

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