Ab-Soul (real name – Herbert Anthony Stevens IV) is an American rapper who is a co-founder of the group ”Black Hippy.”
He was born on February 23, 1987.
Herbert has been suffering from Stevens-Johnson syndrome since he was a child. Stevens-Johnson syndrome is a disorder of the skin and mucous membranes.
”It hindered my vision and my skin configuration,” Ab-Soul said about Stevens-Johnson syndrome. He added: ”It definitely put a huge dent in my hoop dreams.”
He raps in The Book of Soul:
”I came into this hurtful Earth in perfect health
Caught Stevens-Johnson syndrome when I was 10 years old.”
He wrote his first verse at age 12.
In 2002, Ab-Soul recorded his first song.
In 2005, Stevens signed a contract with record label StreetBeat Entertainment.
In 2007, Herbert signed to independent record label Top Dawg Entertainment.
In 2009, Ab-Soul formed the Black Hippy crew with Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, and ScHoolboy Q.
On April 5, 2011, he released his debut album, titled – ”Longterm Mentality” via Top Dawg Entertainment. It features guest appearances from:
- Pat Brown;
- Jhené Aiko;
- BJ the Chicago Kid;
- Alori Joh;
- Kendrick Lamar;
- Schoolboy Q.
On May 11, 2012, Stevens released his 2nd album, called – ”Control System” via TDE. It features guest appearances from Alori Joh, Jhené Aiko, Ashtrobot, Danny Brown, Punch, Schoolboy Q, JaVonte, Kendrick Lamar, BJ the Chicago Kid, and Jay Rock.
On June 24, 2014, he released another album, entitled – ”These Days…” via Top Dawg Entertainment. It was produced by Tae Beast, Sounwave, and by Digi+Phonics’ Dave Free. ”The recording process was very fun, of course,” Herbert said about the album. He added: ”I recorded the majority of it at Mac Miller’s house.”
The album peaked at #2 on US Top Rap Albums and #2 on US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.
”These Days…” features guest appearances from Mac Miller, Kendrick Lamar, Action Bronson, ScHoolboy Q, Lupe Fiasco, Rick Ross, and Jay Rock. After the release of this album, he embarked on a national concert tour.
On December 9, 2016, Stevens released his 4th album – ”Do What Thou Wilt.” via TDE. It featured guest appearances from Rapsody, Mac Miller, SZA, Punch, JaVonté, Teedra Moses, Schoolboy Q, BR3, Kokane, Dash, Bas, and Zacari. The album reached number 9 on US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.
In March 2020, he appeared on “One Way St.” from Jhené Aiko’s new album Chilombo.
In 2012, Ab-Soul’s girlfriend, Alori Joh (born Loriana Johnson), died tragically after she committed suicide by leaping from a radio tower. Alori Joh was a singer that was affiliated with TDE who appeared on Ab-Soul’s debut studio album ”Longterm Mentality” as well on ”Control System.”
”It’s a very difficult thing to get over,” he said in a June 2012 interview with HipHopDX. Stevens also said: ”She was one of my biggest supporters.”
Later, he wrote a song about Joh called Book Of Soul. In the song, Ab-Soul raps:
”Why Lori? Why you had to take her from me?
Guess He needed your angel face for all of Heaven to see…
Everything I love the most gets taken away
My momma and music is next
And if that happens before I turn 28
Then I’m going out with Kurt Cobain.”
Starting in 2013, Ab-Soul is dating Yaris Sanchez, a Dominican influencer, actress, and model, who has over 377k followers on Instagram.
In addition, Yaris has been featured in New York Magazine, Fader, Esquire, Dazed Magazine, and Vogue. Sanchez has also appeared in music videos for Fabolous, Big Sean, and Nicki Minaj.
”She’s a very wise, beautiful, young lady,” he said about Yaris in an interview.
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”God is the pilot. I’m just a vessel.”
”I feel like it’s important to know your grassroots in whatever field you choose to master.”
”The pen will always be mightier than the sword.”
”I’m trying to capture my life and the essence of what I aspire to do in this business.”
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He said that Jay-Z, Lupe Fiasco, Nas, Eminem, Canibus, and Twista, are the artists who have the biggest influence on his music.
Ab-Soul – Net Worth
Herbert earned most of his wealth from selling copies of his albums (Do What Thou Wilt., These Days…, Control System, and Longterm Mentality). Therefore, Ab-Soul has an estimated net worth of $0.8 million.
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