Ab-Soul: Spin That Back!


February is going to be an exciting month for Hip-Hop fans. By the end of the month, we should have gotten new projects from Kanye, Dizzy Wright, Jazz Cartier, Macklemore and more. However, I've always been nostalgic. Particularly when it comes to music. Re-hearing a fantastic track after a long time is one of the most incredible feelings out there. That's why I decided to start a new series, called: Spin That Back! This is all about reliving relatively old music and remembering why it was so good. This week, I decided to talk about one of my favorite hip-hop songs ever: The Book of Soul by Ab-Soul.

What Makes The Song Special

I think the main reason why this song is so special is the fact that it has to be one of the saddest, most devastating Hip-Hop songs EVER! Ab-Soul talks about catching Stevens-Johnson syndrome, losing his longtime girlfriend after she killed herself and his relationship with God.

He never fully breaks down or 'fake cries' while rapping. All of the emotion is laid out in the lyrics. Lines like "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" or "And as much I wanna cower and bid the mic adieu, and fall off a fucking tower tryna find you." You can just hear the emotion throughout the song...the subtle sadness.

Add the smooth, poetic, jazz-influenced production, and you get a legendary song that will stand the test of time. Enjoy:


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