Ab-Soul Criticizes Publications Mislabeling Black Hippy

Ab-Soul says that he will remove himself from the group if publications continue printing "Kendrick Lamar & Black Hippy."

Ab-Soul recently criticized publications who mislabel Black Hippy. 

Ab-Soul released this criticism via Twitter yesterday, saying that if publications continue printing "Kendrick Lamar & Black Hippy," the Carson, California rapper will remove himself from the group.

The Twitter message came shortly after Black Hippy's cover on XXL was revealed. The cover reads, "With Kendrick Lamar & Black Hippy." The cover also crowns Top Dawg Ent. (TDE), Black Hippy's label, "Rap's Illest Crew."   

Ab-Soul, ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock and Kendrick Lamar are members of Black Hippy, a collective that formed under Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE).  Each artist is also a solo act on the imprint's roster. 

In August, TDE added singer SZA to the imprint

"To be the first female on TDE is more...it's really just more important to me to be a part of TDE, rather than the first female," SZA said in a September interview with MTV. "They've worked with girls in the past, incredible [artists] like Alori [Joh] and Jhene [Aiko]. So for me, it's just honestly being a part of a collective, such as TDE. That's what's more insane to me. They don't treat me like the girl, in the best ways though. No one tries to baby me or walk over me 'cause I'm a girl. They just let me fight for what I believe in and let me be as creative as I want to be and just give me free reign. So I love that." 

In September, TDE also added rapper Isaiah Rashad to its roster.

Ab-Soul's Twitter update regarding the mislabeling of Black Hippy can be viewed below.


RELATED: Black Hippy Covers XXL's October/November Issue

105 Comments

  • bobby McDonald

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  • niinii27

    Shit soul deff is better then kdot.. kendrick just got a more relative flow to wa yall used to i guess cause half you on here talking bout soul like he a random so I can aee who took the bandwagon already but none the less I called soul getting away from tde for a long time the been holding him back the already scraped a solo project he was working on and im sure its not the first but its w.e and to and lmao to the people really sitting there saying check his body language at the Cypher lmmfaoooo done

  • maddog

    rofl what the fuck is this dude ab-soul gonna do without Kendrick?

  • Anonymous

    Soul's always been doper to me. He seems way less pretentious with his music than Kendrick. & all these "King" Kendrick dickriders can all go fist themselves on saying "know your place"... Gawd, most listeners today are just bitches.

  • Bree

    I feel Soul on this. Shit everytime they have they own separate interviews some dumb ass always mentions Kendrick. Like let them all get they shine without always asking questions about Kendrick. It's like they only do interviews with them to get to know more on Kendrick. I always liked Kendrick but i'm slowly fading from him. It seems like the industry is slowly changing him now he going around saying "King Kendrick". I smell I new Kanye West mentality from him. They all are talented but let someone else get they shine without talking about the other. Kendrick's flow has become more arrogant from how he use to be. Thats the K-dot I miss. Soul will never make it because his music holds all truths.

  • Cris81

    Man I understand how he feels about how XXL mag cover. But even though Kendrick is the man right now, he always show love to Black Hippy before anything else. He made sure they were feature on his album and appear in each other projects. Q next and then whomever after that

    • hit-boy

      man what black hippy member was featured on G.K.M.C. one member, and it was rock the one nigga that's coo wit them putting Kendrick above them nd the nigga that needs k dot the most ..... q n soul juss as nasty as KL you gon talk black hippy you gotta talk the group aint no one nigga above the other its like a mutha fucka sayin john lennon and the beatles, na nigga its the beatles its black hippy oxymoron will put q on a level as well, on my momma jo

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  • aria

    ya'll need to stop saying sbQ is fat becauswe he not man stfu rick ross fat ass need to lose some weight

  • Anonymous

    proof that ab soul aint down with black hippy http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.20894/title.ab-soul-says-black-hippy-album-will-never-happen

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  • Anonymous

    I agree w/ him, but he shouldn't punish the group and fans for that. You journalists are bustas like that

  • Aim80

    Ab-Soul definitely acted different in this year's cypher, compared to last year... he had an attitude like he didnt wanna be there or was doing it against his will or something. I was listening to Control System before ANYTHING TDE, so I love Soul... but cmon man, Kendrick's the man right now, let him have this shine, it's gonna do nothing but good for the whole camp! Like others have said, just chill, your time's comin... Q's next.

    • Anonymous

      Qs album has been pushed back and its quite kendrick will be releasing another album next year.

    • Anonymous

      its about time for him to move over now, tbh, especially how the rest of Black Hippy are so talented, and have proven successful themselves. Even fuckin Tony Yayo was gettin pushed to the front by 50 pretty early on, but was putting in no where as much work.

  • L

    Kendrick should threaten to not give him a feature on his album!

    • istayjammin

      um...he already wasn't featured on his album doe... But Soul is a beast he always been my fav e out the crew...not saying he better than kendrick but he's still my favorite doe...and to the haters He def has more than just 5000 followers...

  • Lee

    I smell HATE cookin! Check out the cypher and this lil busta body language when Kendrick killin it! You know this dude somewhere wit his other homies and they tellin him how much NICER he is than Kendrick. Word of advice Soul, you nice, but you ain't that nice! KNOW YA ROLL PLAYA!!!!!! STAY IN YO LANE!!!!

  • CUZ HE BETTER THAN AB-SOUL, JAY ROCK, AND SCHOOLBOY Q

    bcuz ab-soul, everyone knows kendrick is the best of youz. jay rock is cool with it and schoolboy q has said he knows it and kendrick's already put him in his place so stop spazzin like a bitch.

  • CUZ HE BETTER THAN AB-SOUL, JAY ROCK, AND SCHOOLBOY Q

    When is Isaiah Rashad going to officially become a member of Black Hippy?

  • Isaiah Rashad

    I got next Ab-Soul!! Soulo has always been a bitter black lipped bastard. Why make a song like Top Dawg Underdog? It's turned out to be a self-fulfilling prophecy. TDE brought me in to take Ab-Soul's place.

  • Anonymous

    he should listen to what q said in the sway interview. i bet 10x more people know who kendrick is than soul. its no wonder a publication would want to put kendricks name front and center, hes the most famous, the one most people are interested in, and hes one of a handful (literally) of artists pushing significant numbers. yes, its a business, giving shine to the most talented and being fair are not part of the rule book.

  • Mario

    I am disappointed in Ab Soul saying some shit like that...if them is your nickas you ride til death....they didnt say kendrick and black hippy..the magazine did..be patient and wait your turn......they used to say Snoop and the Dogg pound even tho all them nickas was dogg pound...be patient and put out good music...your time is coming

  • Anonymous

    Thats the problem of being affiliated to a group. K dot should have signed to Motown at least there'll be no grouchy muthafucka on his neck and his fans will get albums to bump every year.

  • hans

    all are equally talented, there's no leader of black hippy. even if there was a leader, it would be jay rock not kendrick.

  • Anonymous

    Drake and young money

  • TRUUUUU

    STARTED FROM THE BOTTOM NOW THE WHOLE TEAM GOT LEFT OUT.

  • TRUUUUU

    STARTED FROM THE BOTTOM NOW WE BLACK STARTED FROM THE BOTTOM NOW THE WHOLE TEAM GOT A JUMP SHOT STARTED FROM THE BOTTOM NOW IM ON THE MOON STARTED FROM THE BOTTOM WTF IS THE BOTTOM? STARTED WITH BLACK HIPPY NOW WE HERE STARTED FROM THE BOTTOM NOW ITS BLACK HIPPY AND ME STARTED FROM KDOT NOW IM KENDRICK STARTED FROM THE BOTTOM NOW WE HERE STARTED FROM THE BOTTOM NOW THE WHOLE TEAM GOT LEFT OUT.

  • Anonymous

    BLACK HIPPY FROM THE START HAS ALWAYS BEEN A GROUP!!!!! NOT KENDRICK LAMAR AND FRIENDS. I completely feel where he coming from, especially since the rest of the black hippy crew is Big in they own right too. Its not like Ab-soul is a nobody the mans got a HUGE following, he's more than a footnote

  • In$pire

    Another internet rapper failing to expand further... I hate it.

  • Anonymous

    Ab-Soul >>>>>>>>>> Kendrick. Don't care if they are in the same group.

  • yugang

    This is why I hate music publications and media. They still put one man above the rest of the group. Kendrick has all the shine he needs solo. This is about Black Hippy as a group so refer to them as "Black Hippy"! Sigh... this kind of crap has been going on since Motown. For those saying "they just doing that to sell the mag", hello, incase you didn't know, kendrick is already on the cover of the mag. I think the general public have more common sense then they get credit for. A shitload of people already know who he is, they know his face, so there was no need to print "kendrick lamar & black hippy".

    • Anonymous

      ...despite the fact that RZA created it.

    • Anonymous

      I don't think he was referencing Jackson 5. Besides the fact they were called Jackson 5 kinda defeats your point. Motown did have many other acts than the Jackson, you know? Also, if they're Kendrick fans, then how would they not know who the fuck they are or not be interested in any way? I see the point, but its not like comparing G-Unit, which was lead by 50. Its more like Wu- you don't usually see Meth and Wu tang, or even RZA and the wu tang.

    • Anonymous

      yugang sounds young and naive. we should take your advice on what to print on magazine covers because you have so much experience and success in this line of business? theres a reason there are headlines. people dont sit there and take the time to digest everything they see, they see a headline that interests them and then look more into it. just putting BLACK HIPPY in big bold letters isnt going to draw people in because no one knows who the fuck they are.

    • Anonymous

      nigga, when Motown said 'Michael Jackson & The Jackson(s) (5), they had a good obvious reason for it. all them other lames are worth nothin without MJ. now kill yourself

  • Anonymous

    kanye west and good music

  • OVO

    "Jealousy in the air tonight, I can tell..."

  • Anonymous

    If you wanna act like it's a group... then MAKE A FUCKING ALBUM! Otherwise shut-up! Parading around like some hip hop super group and yall have how many albums out.... 0! Mixtapes.....0! Nobody would have a fucking clue who Black Hippy was without KL so you ought to feel lucky that they put his name next to Black Hippy when they write some shit. Dudes head is too big and in the clouds if he thinks anyone would give 2 shits about him if i wasn't for KL populatrity.

    • Anonymous

      Each member of Black Hippy has released an album already and all where critically acclaimed. Think before you speak!

    • Anonymous

      You act like these guys didn't all allow and agree that kendrick should go first either, as if they cant' make product. THey have released albums the same way kendrick released section.80 before. At that point, they had control system, habits and contradictions which were also lauded. maybe I should stop criticizing these fucking students who don't even know the basic shit.

    • Anonymous

      you have a point about how they should be trying to put out records as a group. they need to do that instead of only putting out solo records from each member. however, i disagree that no one would give a shit about them. individually, each member already has a core following, and kendrick's face is right on the cover of the magazine so ppl SHOULD have common sense to know kendrick is part of the group rather than printing "kendrick lamar & black hippy". he got enough shine solo, this is about the group and everyone is an equal.

    • Anonymous

      They don't act like a group. They all said they're establishing solo careers with Black Hippy as an afterthought. That's why he wants to be listed as Ab Soul rather than a part of Black Hippy.

  • Anonymous

    i feel where hes coming from because as a whole there black hippy two of them are commercial n other two are underground but they consider themselves a group not like a boy band group like MIchael jackson and the jackson five. he wants it to label as a whole that they all help eachother out that they all went all in even though Kendrick got his break then school boy q but the magazine n media gotta respect the movement the founders of the movement by giving what the group consider themselves not what you think on how the group should be publicized, that's mainly one of the reason artist break away from the group type joints because of this dumb joint right here.

  • Money First

    Artists say and do some of the goofiest shit I have ever heard...How do you think they market/sell these publications? They put the name of the artists that the public is familiar with to draw attention to the story Absoul=Dumbass!!! Figure out how the game goes homie...shit goes smoother when you actually figure that shit out!

    • Anonymous

      printing "kendrick lamar & black hippy" was un-necessary though. kendrick is already on the cover with the rest of the crew, do these publications really believe that people don't have the common sense to recognize hes part of the group?? they are doing more to undermine the group when its about the group, not one man and a group he happens to be apart of

  • mike

    Clever MC'S like ab soul are always remembered when they are dead or when they are old. So he just has to remove himself from black hippy if he wants to. Popularity does not always mean you the best, it sometimes mean you appeal to people. Take 2 Chainz for example,the guy is more popular than Black Milk and Ab soul, but a wack rapper. Kendrick is an amazingly gifted MC and he is more popular than any Black Hippy MC but he is not the best out the group.

  • Anonymous

    check it out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_TRuEeddjI

  • Young Pause

    Kendrick IS the standout of the group, not just because of the music but because of his image and appeal. Schoolboy is overweight, Jay Rock looks homeless, and Soul has that black shit on his lips. Until they fix that shit, nobody is gonna make posters of them. Schoolboy needs to drop 15 pounds, work on his pecs and traps, Soul need to get some lip balm, burts bees or carmex, and Jay Rock needs to go shopping with Asap Rocky, get some Rick Owens or Jeremy Scott, maybe some ripped jeans and Kanye West hip-hop shirts. Kendrick is the only one with a sense of fashion, and the only handsome one in the group minus his ears.

  • F sho Saynomo

    I love Kendrick he's dope, but when Ab Soul is on his game making thought provoking music, I like Ab even better, so I agree with the space it puts him in,. He cant reach his full potential in this superstar/ other group members situation he's in, but for the right now it's helping him get some recongnition I think that's why some ppl who are not fully aware of his music are giving him a lot of flack over this

  • OUCH!

    I agree with him. Kendrick Lamar + TDE/Black Hippy. They are all big artist on there own. This should not happen, even on the BET awards it said on the screen #kendrickverse, how about the other people rapping there ass off?

  • Anonymous

    I'd boot his ass out of the group for making that remark.

  • Anonymous

    Boyyyyy you wouldnt be on the cover if it wasnt for Kendrick! He the one selling a million plus you aint done shit yet! He's got the praise, the critical acclaim and the sales to back it up. It's his group for now

    • Anonymous

      naw nice assumptions though. i actually been rocking control system since it came out, as well as habits and contradictions, setbacks, follow me home, section 80.

    • SHUTTHEFUCKUOP

      MY NIGGA YOU ARE STUPID . YOU DONT KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT BLACK HIPPY . FOR THE FACT THAT YOU POSTED THATYOU ARE LISTENING TO LIL WAYNE, DRAKE, TYGA, OFFICER ROSS, AKON AND THAT BALLON CALLED DJ KHALEEEEED

  • Anonymous

    This happens all the time when a member of a group is more popular Kendrick Lamar is now a brand name that sells 50 cent & g-uint eminem & d-12 d-12 even made fun of it with their track my band.

    • Anonymous

      @Killa actually D12 wasn't "Eminem's group." that's just what people think of them as. It was actually Proof's group. Em was just the biggest star.

    • Anonymous

      anyone who gives a fuck already knows that though. they should just take it for what it is and use the publicity to get themselves more known and get on Kendricks level

    • Killa

      G-Unit was 50s Label, D-12 were Eminems group on his label. Black Hippy aren't Kendricks group, their not signed to kendrick. Its disrespectful. Yes his the biggest artists, but if you wanna do a magaizine cover based on kendrick don't associate the others. To act as if the others are a product of k dot is rude

  • Anonymous

    I don't see why he's mad. He should just enjoy the ride and thank Kendrick for everything he has

  • Anonymous

    HHDX 2 days late as usual

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