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New Music: Ab-Soul – “Only 1”

on December 12, 2012, 2:45pm

absoul2012 New Music: Ab Soul   Only 1

Black Hippy member/Kendrick Lamar running buddy Ab-Soul is back with a new solo joint entitled “Only 1”. Produced by Willie B, the track serves as something of an introduction to those who missed out on Soul’s impressive rise in 2012, which included the excellent Control System LP and cameos alongside Childish Gambino, Talib Kweli, and Joey Bada$$.

Backed by a beat of rattling drums and jazz horns, the self-proclaimed “black-lipped pastor” shares the breadth of his intentions (“I’m not God. But I try to be”) before unleashing ferocious wordplay that’s as lightning-fast and witty as it is earnest and revealing (“I’m an artist arsonist/A good Samaritan with bad habits/Kendrick Lamar on an acid tablet”). Stream it below.

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