Ab-Soul declares ‘Hebert’ a top 5 album of 2022

Ab soul brings in the new year by leaving all humility behind and letting the world know how amazing he thinks his latest project is.

After clearing up typos about his name, The Top Dawg Entertainment rapper took to Twitter on Friday (December 30) to express his thoughts on his latest album Herbert which he considers to be one of the best LPs of the year.

“For the last time… My name is Ab-Soul. Not Ab Soul/AbSoul/Absol/etc. Thanks,” he wrote in his first tweet.

“Also. My album IS top 5 of the year. Fucc all that lowly sh*t. Dead homies,” he added in a follow-up message.

Released on December 16, 2022, which is also his birthday, Herbert is Ab-Souls fifth studio album and his first full-length release since the 2016s Do what you want.

The LP features guest appearances from Big Sean, Russ, Joey Bada$$, Jhené Aiko, SiR, Punch, Zacari, Fre$h, Ambré, ALEMEDA and Lance Skiiiwalker. Throughout the album, Ab-Soul tells how he has overcome grief, depression and tragedy.

The native from Carson in California also worked on the project DJ Premier, a collaboration that was a long time in the making, and produced a memorable session in the studio.

In an interview with Vulturehe shared that he re-recorded his verses on “Gotta Rap” at least “five or six times” to create a track worthy of the legendary producer’s approval.

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“I knew I needed him this time. He definitely put me to work. I had to do it about five or six times until he found the right frequency,” Ab-Soul recalled.

“No, not rewriting. He liked the verse, but I had to match the frequency on the record because I guess it was one of his favorite beats,” he added. “So he wanted to make sure I got it right. It was the first time anyone made me re-record. So it was humbling. But that’s Preemo.”

Describing the collaboration as a “dream come true,” Ab-Soul said he first met Preemo while the iconic beatmaker was working with Royce Da 5’9″ on a PRhyme record at Mac Miller’s house. Getting the endorsement from Premier meant the world to the “Illuminate” rapper.

“Gotta Rap” was a dream come true. Before I even had my official stage name, when I was just Snap G, I knew I always wanted a Preemo beat,” he added. “Preemo keeps his ear to the street. I can honestly say that I get respect for being the last of the lyricists, that rag. I’ve met him in passing before, but we connected when he was doing PRhyme.”

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