For Life+Times’ Decoded series, Ab-Soul took time to explain one of his verses with more depth. The TDE emcee discussed his verse for “Illuminate.” According to Soul, his shot at Jay-Z and Nas on the cut was a form of extending a challenge and he also explained why he feels he can become “one of the best authors ever.”
“This is basically a traditional or a conventional jab at my favorite artists or favorite players in the game at the time. It was just extending a challenge to play on their same court, if you will,” he said of his jabs at Jay-Z and Nas.
On the song, Soul says he feels he can “run laps ’round Jay-Z” and that “Nas ain’t seen nothin’ this nasty.”
In the song, Soul also shares that he’s “the best author ever to breathe.”
“I think I have a shot at being one of the best authors ever,” he clarified. “I do plan on publishing a few books in my lifetime. We’ll see.”
In the interview, he also shared that his Paid Dues tattoo is real.
“As for the Paid Dues reference. I did get Paid Dues tatted last year.”
More from the interview can be seen below.