"What? It ain't no more to it. Soulo eating now. Tell 'em Puff said so..." Puff Daddy (aka Diddy, aka the real real Puff Daddy) comments at the end of Ab-Soul's new "Hunnid Stax" video. The track, along with Ab's new album These Days..., have been met with some curiosity: the TDE-spitter gained critical acclaim as one of the most potent pens in his camp with 2012's Control System, with revolutionary cuts like "Terrorist Threats" and lump-in-your-throat introspection on "The Book of Soul." But his new material has turned towards celebrations of money, weed, and women, much like the contemporary artists he initially seemed like a relief against. The verdict is still out: is this a sacrificial commentary on rap's state "these days," via the crucifixion theme on the album's artwork, or is it as simple as Puff says? Regardless of the subtext behind this, Soulo, Q and Mac Miller look to be having a damn good time in this Adam Roberts-directed video. Maybe there ain't no more to it after all.
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