On Tuesday (Jan. 3), Soulo held a Q/A with fans on Twitter and answered some burning questions about the new project, such as the process behind it, taking it on tour, dropping a deluxe edition and more. One person asked the Carson, Calif., native if there was a feature he wanted to get done but missed.
Herbert features Joey Bada$$, Jhené Aiko, Big Sean, Russ and more, but according to Ab-Soul, BIA should have a feature on the album.
“Any artist you wanted on the album that didn’t quite work out,” the fan asked.
The Black Lipped Bastard replied: “BIA. The timing was off.”
BIA. The timing was off. https://t.co/a46AdjFYG6
— Ab-Soul (@abdashsoul) 3 January 2023
Herbert was released on December 16, serving as his fifth studio album and his first full-length release since 2016’s Do what you want.
Missing out on the BIA feature didn’t hurt too much as the Top Dawg Entertainment rapper believes his album was one of the best LPs of the year.
Ab-Soul hopped on Twitter last week to express his thoughts on his latest album, while also correcting people on the spelling of his stage name. “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.
The album saw Ab-Soul fulfill a dream by collaborating with DJ Premier, a moment that was a long time coming and produced a memorable session in the studio.
In an interview with Vulture, Soul shared that he re-recorded his verses on “Gotta Rap” a few times to create a track worthy of the legendary producer’s approval. “I knew I needed him this time,” Ab-Soul recalled. “He definitely put me to work. I had to do it about five or six times until he found the right frequency.”
He added: “He liked the verse, but I had to match the frequency on the record because I guess it was one of his favorite beats. 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 it’s Preemo.”