Ab-Soul "Control System" Album Stream

UPDATE #2: Ab-Soul enlists Danny Brown, Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock and more for "Control System."

Ab-Soul has revealed the cover art for his upcoming project Control System, releasing May 11th.

Revealing the cover on Twitter, the Black Hippy member also released his new single "ILLuminate" featuring Kendrick Lamar and produced by Skhyehutch.

Kendrick Lamar recently spoke on the importance of Ab-Soul's project to the Black Hippy movement, explaining how it will complete the puzzle for anyone who hasn't yet been sold on TDE.

“May 11th, Control System, Ab-Soul. Once you get that piece, you’ll really understand this TDE thing,” said Kendrick. “Then, you might be fortunate to get the Black Hippy that everything’s talking about. That’s our prized possession, that’s our baby. We have fun with that, and I don’t know. Once you throw the music out, people start putting the numbers behind it. We want that to be organic… We got music, though. A lot of music.”

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[May 8]

UPDATE: The tracklist has been revealed for Ab-Soul's Control System (via X).

1. Soulo Ho3 f. Jhené Aiko
2. Track Two
3. Bohemian Grove
4. Terrorist Threats f. Danny Brown & Jhené Aiko
5. Pineal Gland
6. Double Standards
7. Mixed Emotions
8. Sopa f. ScHoolboy Q
9. Lust Demons f. Jay Rock & BJ the Chicago Kid
10. ILLuminate f. Kendrick Lamar
11. A Rebellion f. Alori Joh
12. Showin’ Love
13. Empathy f. Alori Joh & JaVonte
14. Nothing’s Something
15. Beautiful Death f. Punch & Ashtrobot
16. The Book Of Soul
17. Black Lip Bastard (rmx) f. Black Hippy

[May 10]

UPDATE #2: Stream Ab-Soul's Control System in its entirety below.

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

97 Comments

  • Anonymous

    ab soul is so dope.he is one of my fav rappers

  • anonymous

    Ab-soul Control System of one of my favorite albums. It's a solid album :)

  • Just Nice(I rap 2)

    This CD is incredible man, I haven't been this much of a fan of new music since my younger days I love what TDE is doing. "The Book of Soul" actually fucking spoke to me as I was thinking what Ab was fucking saying dawg...RIP MZI and RIP EZ...keep up the good work.

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  • ChristianIsMyName

    Damn, i love how these four connect their music together. This is what Kendrick was talking about "Then, you might be fortunate to get the Black Hippy that everythings talking about. Thats our prized possession, thats our baby. We have fun with that, and I dont know. Once you throw the music out, people start putting the numbers behind it. We want that to be organic We got music, though. A lot of music." by what he said, i can connect K-Dot's "Cartoons and Cereal" with Soul's "Terroristic Threats", they go hand and hand, same type beat, but shit what i really wanted to say, I love TDE, a new awakening, hell yea this is what we need, Real Hip-Hop

  • Reece

    Best album I've bought in a long time. TDE does not disappoint man. Soul just made an album that fits my life perfectly and that's why it deserved a buy. (Downloaded the album off Amazon for 8.99)

  • boss

    definately can be the best album this year. I bought it for 8.99 worth it!!

  • Nasstill@it

    Finally! Some niggas from this era I can fully pay respect to...Carlifonia is truely back, this is a definetely good look for hip hop.

  • SpecialK

    it's still may but this is seriously one of the AOTY (album of the year) contenders imo. great from start to finish. TDE, HiiiPower

  • B-DON

    the album is amazing nobullshit.i wasnt a big fan of his before this album.i liked a few verses he had a few features stuff like that.but with thisu can tell he took his withit.u could call this a classic depending on ur perspective.it is definetly worth ur 8.99. u wont be dissapointed.

  • ThaKritic

    Solid Album.. 5/5. #SouloHoe

  • Bereket

    Ab-soul uses Freeman-on the Land in this album.. anybody that can do that has my full support!! this is a conscious ass dude right here!

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  • Huskey

    Cailfornia has never looked as good as it does right now. Bruh I salute u to the fullest this is one of the best albums flat out this year period. TDE is the new movement that's really putting out some quality music. No gimmicks, no flashy crazy crap added music. The entire camp brings something different to the table Jay Rock, School Boy Q, K-Dot and now Ab-Soul are like the new Wu-Tang of this area. Dam I'm happy that yall are bringing the coast back in a strong way, WE BACK!!!!

  • RapWax

    Great album, TDE blowing up

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  • Raje

    Fire... Happy these niggas makin it.

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  • ASEE

    Empathy best track on the record. Love that shit.

  • Anonymous

    This is already my favorite album! Is there going to be an album review?!

  • beenladden

    terrorist threats, Danny brown goes inn.

  • Anonymous

    double standards is one of my favorite tracks on this album

  • Meaux

    WTF is the big deal with the cover art, just enjoy the music. SMFH @t these people on the board that still buy into that illuminati bs.

    • Petradigm

      its the tree of life from the kabalah which is linked with the chakra system lyrical art lol

    • Anonymous

      ANON is saying Illumanti isn't real are you people fucking stupid?

    • Anonymous

      so you niggas know the album cover is a keter scale a system used to open all chakars and harness your third eye to see all,so dont always assume Illuminati google it, ignorance is bliss

    • Dugh

      you watch the zeitgeist movie, a few you tube videos and read the Illuminati Wikipedia page and think your an expert. Sir. reality is based entirely on perception.

    • Anonymous

      No Illuminati its just corporations and big government aka the elite and it ain't a secret. Karl Marx told us about them hundreds of years ago. Bilderberg Group, False flag operations, violation of personal liberties, bombings of innocent civilians last time I checked all this ain't a secret. The cover has to do with Egyptians and geometry. The track Illuminate means Enlighten. Illumanti means enlightened ones the real Illumanti are the reason why we have concepts such as atheism and rationalism and are the reason why America and France had a revolution and there the reason why we were given all these rights and freedoms. The real Illumanti took in members from all religion and taught them concepts such as atheism and rationalism and logic. They were "Secret" because the Church and the Pope wanted there lies remain the norm and truth and any members or leaders of it caught would obviously be tortured/executed. You people need to do your research.

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  • SleepingNot

    man, this is amazing; I knew Ab-Soul wouldn't disappoint

    • Thecode

      sorry I meant that reply for another person

    • Thecode

      There is no Illuminati, but there is in fact fraternity's of rich men pulling strings on the puppet politicians. Controlling what you eat and how you see all the broadcasts on tv penetrating the very way you think.

  • TaZzZ

    Wow this project is amazing... I knew Soul had skills but god damn. Finally a team that I'm proud to have reppin my generation. It's been a while since I've said that. They don't let shit get in their way, makin the music they wanna make. Awesome, period.

  • Anonymous

    This album is too fuckin raw (in my Schoolboy Q voice)

  • $onbun

    Can't wait for this, it'll probably be the best album so far this year when it drops.

  • daaaamn

    Whatever happened to just listening to music?

  • yoooo

    check this out real hip hop right here: http://theverbalist.bandcamp.com/

  • Anonymous

    I have a feeling this is gonna be one of the best albums of the year for some reason.

  • ThaKritic

    Maan.. yall bitch ass niggas focusing on the wrong thing.. Fuck the cover.. Save dat tlk for weed cyphers... Looks like itl b an intresting album due to the titles of the songs.. Im feelin the features tooo.. TDE allDay SuckADickUpTilUHickUp if u hatin..

  • kaballah

    Ein Sof and the Ten Sefirot To give you an idea of the nature of Kabbalah, I will briefly discuss one of the better known, fundamental concepts of kabbalistic thought: the concept of G-d as Ein Sof, the Ten Sefirot, and the kabbalistic tree of life. This explanation is, at best, a gross oversimplification. I do not pretend to fully understand these ideas. According to Kabbalah, the true essence of G-d is so transcendent that it cannot be described, except with reference to what it is not. This true essence of G-d is known as Ein Sof, which literally means "without end," which encompasses the idea of His lack of boundaries in both time and space. In this truest form, the Ein Sof is so transcendent that It cannot have any direct interaction with the universe. The Ein Sof interacts with the universe through ten emanations from this essence, known as the Ten Sefirot. Tree of Life (Large)These Sefirot correspond to qualities of G-d. They consist of, in descending order, Keter (the crown), Chokhmah (wisdom), Binah (intuition, understanding), Chesed (mercy) or Gedulah (greatness), Gevurah (strength), Tiferet (glory), Netzach (victory), Hod (majesty), Yesod (foundation) and Malkut (sovereignty). The middle five qualities are mentioned explicitly and in order at I Chronicles 29:11: Yours, O L-rd, is the greatness (gedulah), the strength (gevurah), the glory (tiferet), the power (netzach), and the splendor (hod). I have seen this passage translated in widely varying ways, but the Hebrew corresponds to the names of the Sefirot in order. The Ten Sefirot include both masculine and feminine qualities. Kabbalah pays a great deal of attention to the feminine aspects of G-d. The Sefirot are commonly represented as in the diagram at left. This diagram is commonly known as the Tree of the Sefirot or the Kabbalistic Tree of Life. There is great significance to the position of these various attributes and their interconnectedness. The Sefirot are not separate deities, as some might think by taking this too literally. They are intimately a part of G-d, and yet they are in contact with the universe in a way that the Ein Sof is not. The Sefirot connect with everything in the universe, including humanity. The good and evil that we do resonates through the Sefirot and affects the entire universe, up to and including G-d Himself.

  • Fish

    Cannot fucking wait for this!! Black Hippy all day long!

  • sabertooth

    people talk too much shit. i dont think there is need for discussion about the cover if you know Black Hippy. Enjoy the music 11/5

  • Anonymous

    There's no fucking conspiracy to keep people divided. You really need to wake up from THAT. This illuminati shit is not healthy for your lives. You will never truly understand the issues that plague humanity until you understand that humans are the problem. The same things that bring us together naturally separate us. We naturally group together like many other animals and we are territorial. All of the worlds ills are based in land disputes. The problem is natural human greed and ignorance. We may be all one but we certainly are not all the same because that refutes the idea of evolution that says that it is the survival of the fittest. Even if you believe in the bible you believe that the first murder was between two brothers. The problem with the conspiracy theorist is that they have too much faith in the perfection of human kind. We are all just 2 percent of DNA evolved from apes. We are apes who can do geometry and poetry and at the end of the day its not that much. We are probably among the dumbest animals ever to grace the universe. We don't even dominate earth because bacteria still own this place and as soon as you lose the ego of being human you will lose this stupid illuminati bullshit. I encourage your critical thinking but also encourage you to further educate yourselves on the very real problems of our current society.

    • TruthSeeker

      My brother if you really believe we are just "evolved apes" I really feel sorry for you. The fact that you refer to humans as "apes" and "dumb animals" that can do math and poetry not only shows how contradictory your argument is but that you have no idea of human potential. You talk about losing the ego but if you really had your ego diminished you would see that you are not just a little spec in the universe that's here by random event, but you would see that you ARE the universe, and one of it's billions expressions that is part of the whole. That you're skin doesn't separate you from the outside world but the outside world is just as much YOU as your own body. That everything around you is vibrations including yourself and you have the ability and potential to create your own reality, whatever you please, through the power of thought. If you think that is the definition of an evolved ape, I really hope a day will come where you will understand what I am talking about.

  • ya niggas gay

    ya niggas gay....like dead ass doe....ya act like ya know wtf is on the cover....shut da fuck up....these rap niggas aint shit but puppets and are PART OF THE REAL CONTROL SYSTEM. they being used cuz they aint had shit they whole life. than they rap and make millions to feed US lies....ya faggot ass niggas keep thinking that they on ur side...u got a rude awakening coming ur way...with all that being said, absoul is fuckin nice wit da words. the whole tde is nice. but fuck the rap game and all this fake ass "we against the nwo but in reality we really just fueling it and helping it grow" type of bullshit....hiiipower my dick

    • Word?

      DIfferent how? The #1 thing that the system wants the black man to be is not in his right mind (intoxicated & high). So any man that raps about that life style is not trying to set you mentally free. Cut the bull.

    • jordan

      If they were part of the system, there wouldn't be songs on this album called "Bohemian Grove" or "Pineal Gland".You are right about how most rappers are just fueling the system with songs about fucking girls and getting money, but these guys are different, and if you can't see that, you're just as ignorant as everyone else

  • Anonymous

    looks to be a classic already

    • chris

      ab soul could def drop a classic. this is a great album, but not a classic. but he def could. so could jay rock. kendrick already has.

    • Anonymous

      Ab-Soul is the best lyrically in Black Hippy but weakest overall. Give him sometime Schoolboy Q imo is has the best delivery/flow on Black Hippy but weakest lyrically. Usually the lyrical one is the weakest one in terms of flow and delivery. Give him sometime to improve, feature more and make a Black Hippy album he has the potential to make one but not right now he still is developing and experimenting with his talent. Kendrick is the best overall and second best lyrically you see how the balanced one in the group once again is the one with the most potential? Jay Rock is the best story teller all of the got potential but whether they can reach it or fade with the industry remains to be see.

    • TDG (Top Dawg Gerry)

      Ab-Soul doesn't have it in him to make a classic. Not hating, just saying the truth. Kendrick is the only one on/in TDE/Black Hippy who could pull it off.

    • Anonymous

      based on the tracklisting?

  • Anon

    First three Sephiroth at the top is Keter, Chocmah and Binah, which represent the holy trinity and a divine triangle. After this is an 'abyss'; basically the rest of the Sephiroth which are not godly, but more humane. If you notice Ab Soul's name links the divine triangle at the top with the rest of the Sephiroth, so he is basically saying that through him he is linking the listener to divineness. There's probably a bit more to this but that's what I can observe from the cover art.

  • ryan

    y'all are dumb they're obviously unowns

  • Anonymous

    I like that...almost the tree of life Mayan system :)

  • E

    OPEN YOUR "EYES"!! THIS IS WHAT THE 'ILLUMINATI' AND THE FREEMASONS ARE TRYING TO HOLD AS A SACRED SECRET. THE "ALL-SEEING EYE". EVERY MAN AND WOMAN IS BORN WITH THIS. RESEARCH THIS. @ITSTHETRUTH IS 100% CORRECT. #HIIIPOWER

  • E

    OPEN YOUR "EYES"!! THIS IS WHAT THE 'ILLUMINATI' AND THE FREEMASONS ARE TRYING TO HOLD AS A SACRED SECRET. THE "ALL-SEEING EYE". EVERY MAN AND WOMAN IS BORN WITH THIS. RESEARCH THIS. @ITSTHETRUTH IS 100% CORRECT.

  • ItsTheTruth

    That cover art is the Kabbalah Tree of Life. For anyone trying to further understand their movement, research the Tree of Life, the Pineal Gland (Third Eye), and Sacred Geometry, if you want to know what the TDE Movement is all about. HiiiPoWeR is intentionally spelled with 3 i's because 3 i's = 3 eyes. We're all born with the all seeing third eye and we all have the potential to wake into it once we realize that we're basically living in a matrix where everything we've been told is a lie. Religion, social class, race, it's all used to keep us divided and separate and to keep us from knowing that we are all one, and once we realize this and come together as one, we can evolve into one complete human race with no differences and start accomplishing real goals. Props to Ab-Soul and Kendrick Lamar and the whole TDE movement for shedding light on this into hip-hop. This is a real movement.

  • Anonymous

    interesting......ill download

  • Anonymous

    Solo's cover art is pretty weird. Unless I've been misinformed, the 10 circles are the 10 different sephiroth that make up ladder of self-realization in a sect of Judaism that is a hybrid with Gnosticism. Even stranger is how Ab-Soul puts the Jesus fish, directly associated with Christianity, in the center of them all. What are the religious statements that he is attempting to articulate?!?!?!??!?!?!

  • BLACK

    ILLUMINATI ALL THRU YO BODY!!!

    • Anonymous

      fish symbol over Ab-Soul is symbol of christianity. get ur facts straight. you don't understand something, shut up.

  • stuipd1111

    Werido ..kabbalah is evil smarting up I use to like ab. Soul. Been a fan since long term .. I am no longer.. God bless them

    • Anonymous

      You've been a fan of Ab-Soul since Long Term, and you still don't understand this artwork...what a fool. #HIIIPOWER WE HAVE 3 EYES

    • www.youtube.com/kingsvskings

      lol... that's not even true... the tree is a symbol in Judaism ergo the star of David at the top...not a symbol of "evil"... its the equivalent to the tree of life that is mentioned in genesis. It's the symbol for a philosophical way of questioning our existence as human beings and the existence of the universe.... lol.... not evil... its just one of those things where somebody is put out of their comfort zone and they automatically want to discredit it and reject it.. SOLO HOE!!! #HIIIPOWER!

    • Anonymous

      evil? explain

  • Fish

    Just like any other time that any of Black Hippy drops something, I cannot wait. Roll on Friday!

  • Smuva Johnson

    Tree of life (Kabbalah)

  • Anonymous

    yo how bout a track list has one been released yet? May 11th almost here

  • Anonymous

    Alchemist tree...great cover

  • ItsTheTruth

    That cover art is the Kabbalah Tree of Life. For anyone trying to further understand their movement, research the Tree of Life, the Pineal Gland (Third Eye), and Sacred Geometry, if you want to know what the TDE Movement is all about. HiiiPoWeR is intentionally spelled with 3 i's because 3 i's = 3 eyes. We're all born with the all seeing third eye and we all have the potential to wake into it once we realize that we're basically living in a matrix where everything we've been told is a lie. Religion, social class, race, it's all used to keep us divided and separate and to keep us from knowing that we are all one, and once we realize this and come together as one, we can evolve into one complete human race with no differences and start accomplishing real goals. Props to Ab-Soul and Kendrick Lamar and the whole TDE movement for shedding light on this into hip-hop. This is a real movement.

    • Anonymous

      fuck outta here Jay Rock is some dumb ignorant gangbanging hood nigga stop acting like these black hippy niggas are some deep, spiritual, mystical prophetic-type of dudes here to teach and enlighten people.

    • e

      @ItsTheTruth You are absolutely correct. These fools will wake up, hopefully. If not, you know the ones TDE is talking about. "Stand for something or die in the morning." This Anonymous person above me's third eye is fucked LOL #HIIIPOWER

    • Anonymous

      your premises are barely valid. your inferences are misguided and philosophically erroneous on fundamental levels. Religion, social class, and race are terms for division for identification purposes but to say they are "used" to divide and separate us assumes some sort of higher power that is evil in nature and desires to perpetuate that cycle. That is an entirely mythological concept derived from Gnosticism which is widely regarded as completely dubious and unequivocally falsified in every unique belief. To say that K.Dot would be an advocate of Gnosticism would disregard his song "Kush and Corinthians" (i.e.-"I'm good, i'm bad, I'm a christian, I'm a sinner..."). You should educate yourself outside of your own propaganda, or at least stop forcing it on an entire record label like TDE. The idea that we should seek unification and peace is ideologically a wonderful concept we should all push for but it is not, by any means, the motivating purpose behind this covert art for "Control Systems."

    • THANKS FOR DA TRUTH

      even tho am a fan I honestly did not know All that

    • Anonymous

      That's some deep shit right there.

  • Control System

    Going to be copping this on Friday. 5-11-2012

  • TEXAS

    I CANT WAIT! BEEN LOOKING FORWARD TO SMOKING TO THIS

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