Ab-Soul Says He Quotes Jay Z Or Nas On Every Release

With his These Days… album due out this week, Ab-Soul sat down with Complex to speak about the release, sipping lean, and including a Jay Z or Nas reference in each of his albums up to this point. During the interview, Soul also broke down his status as a T.D.E. artist and the misconception that he’s signed to Interscope.

Asked about his “Stigmata” single and video, Ab-Soul explained quoting Nas’s “The Cross” for his own hook.

“I originally wanted to do a song about stigma,” he said. “Doing research on that, I thought of the word ‘stigmata,’ I thought that was just like a extension of the word. So I looked it up and rediscovered what ‘stigmata’ actually meant. I usually quote Nas and Jay Z at least once or twice on every project. That was just the one for this one in particular.”

Responding to a question about a line in which he references sipping lean, Soul hinted that that lyric was also a Jay Z reference.

“Yeah,” he said, “I been sipping for awhile, real talk. That was a Jay Z reference too kind of. I won’t give it to you, just know it was a reference.”

The line in question appears on Ab-Soul’s “Tree Of Life” when he raps: “Used to cop a little deuce / Now I cop a whole case of Actavis to give Sprite stock a boost.” The lyrics are presumably an allusion to similar lines rapped by Jay Z on the Watch The Throne song “Primetime.” “I hit the club, order some Grey Goose / Switched it for Ciroc to give Puff’s stocks a boost,” Jay Z raps.

Opening up about how success has changed his lifestyle, Soul detailed employing long-time friends.

“You gotta do good with your people, all the time," he said. "My weed man and my lean man and my driver, them is my homies from the hood. I can’t drive, I can’t see that well. I smoke weed a lot. I just do good with my people."

"I need a corneal transplant," he said of not being able to drive. "I’m not too excited about doing that. So, I’m gonna thug it out as long as I can. Sounds kind of scary right? That’s how it sounds to me. I see alright right now, I ain’t running into too much.”