Ab-Soul Speaks On How He Inspired "HiiiPoWeR," Explains Black Lip Bastard Nickname

Ab-Soul says he suffered from Stevens-Johnson Syndrome as a child, speaks on Kendrick Lamar's "HiiiPoWeR."

While speaking with Electric Circus, Black Hippy member and rapper Ab-Soul revealed that he was “speaking through” Kendrick Lamar on the Section.80 song “HiiiPoWeR.” Ab-Soul went on to explain that he didn’t write the lyrics to the song or encourage the rapper to write “HiiiPoWeR,” instead he shared that the song was partially brought on by his past conversations with Kendrick.

“The song 'HiiiPoWeR?' That was me speaking through Kendrick. You feel what I’m saying? I’ll just put it to you like that. I didn’t write the lyrics, but that was from years and years of me talking that shit that don’t nobody wanna hear, to him,” Ab Soul explained. “And it finally stuck with him. And he made a very profound record on that concept. I mean I’m not gonna say that I told him to make the song or nothing like that. Or it came from a direct conversation from me, but like he was finally touched by that shit I be kicking.”

Ab-Soul also spoke on his Black Lip Bastard nickname and revealed that he suffered from Stevens-Johnson Syndrome as a kid, a condition that can cause the top layer of your skin to die and then shed.   

“I call it Stevens-Johnson Syndrome,” said Ab-Soul. “When I was 10-years-old, and you can do your research on that, but I lost all my lip skin. And when it grew back it grew back dark. So I just call myself the Black Lip Bastard because ever since then, ‘Eww look at yo lips. Eww your lips, eww.’ I didn’t even start smoking weed til after I graduated from high school.”

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24 Comments

  • JJDOUGH

    Dude is ugly and overrated!

    • Ryan

      Wow..I hope you get SJ syndrome, seriously. Also what shi t do you listen to? Jay Z? He's one of the best up and coming rappers right now.

  • Posta

    Ab Soul is one of the illest and slept on rappers, never mind his black lips, never mind his self contadictory B.S just listen to his music and this cat will school you judgemental wankers...Much respect for the blak lip basterd...South Africa/Cape Town

  • IDAHO

    "Ill just put it to you like that. I didnt write the lyrics, but that was from years and years of me talking that shit that dont nobody wanna hear, to him" "I mean Im not gonna say that I told him to make the song or nothing like that. Or it came from a direct conversation from me," - wow Ab, way to contradict yourself...love your music though...

    • E

      how is that contridictory? he said kendrick wasnt inspired by a direct conversation with him, but from years and years of trying to let kendrick understand the concept of "Hiiipower". read what you post before you post it, when youre trying to critique people

  • bkstylz

    His new single, Showin Love, is in heavy rotation on my ipod

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  • Anonymous

    Ab-soul > Kendrick

  • THC

    I always thought theres was something weird about his lips.

  • Anonymous

    Best Black Hippy members (in order) 1) Kendrick Lamar 2) Jay Rock 3) Schoolboy Q 4) Ab-Soul But truth be told, even the last-ranked in the crew is still better than 98 percent of the rappers out there. Deep roster is what you call it.

  • Anonymous

    The whole Black Hippy crew is gonna blow up for sure. You cannot possibly ignore these dudes.

  • illy

    ab soul is a great artist

  • GoReadABook

    I *CAUGHT Steven-Johnson Syndrome. It amazes me that the people employed by this website have such awful comprehension skills when it comes to understanding what these rappers are saying. How the fuck does it make sense for Ab to say he 'call it Steven-Johnson Syndrome when I was 10 years old'???? Like holy shit, how did NOBODY catch that that made zero sense?? C'mon now. Care about your work

  • Zach

    I can relate to when he said that no one wanted to hear what he was saying when speaking about the generation or whatever. I feel like that to.

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  • Gabe

    Ab-Soul is the second best member of Black hippy and the most slept on. However, I wish I was there when he was in high school tryna pull a girl. That would be funny.

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