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Every successful team has one key component that can be zeroed in to be labeled as the backbone. Ab-Soul’s constant labeling as the TDE most underrated seems fair but still manages to undermine his contributions to the unit.

Granted, between Kendrick Lamar’s Grammy attention, ScHoolboy Q’s chart-topping prowess and Jay Rock’s untouchable street cred, there are several underliers that twist Ab’s potential into an expectation.

Not to say Soul–born Herbert H some 28-years-ago–isn’t up for the challenge. It just has to be solely on his terms. Which is exactly what his latest LP, These Days… exemplifies in full.

Hip-Hop Wired was privy to sit-in on an intimate listening session for the album, which is jam-packed with vocal and producer appearances but not to the point they overshadow the cerebral content abound.

Peruse through the gallery to soak in seven key points as you patiently wait for the project to hit iTunes at midnight.

Photos: Instagram/Ab-Soul

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