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Ab-Soul announces new album, shares lead single “Gang’Nem”

Herbert is due out December 16 via Top Dawg Entertainment.

November 18, 2022

Ab-Soul has announced his first album in six years. Herbert, his fifth studio LP and the follow-up to 2016’s Do What Thou Wilt, draws its title from the Carson, California-raised rapper’s given name. (Ab was born Herbert Anthony Stevens IV in 1987.) It’s scheduled to arrive December 16 via Top Dog Entertainment.

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Along with the news of his forthcoming project, Ab-Soul has shared its second single, “Gang’Nem,” produced by Compton beatmaker Sounwave and featuring Houston emcee Fre$h. The new track follows “Do Better,” the record’s lead single, dropped last month before the official announcement.

“All my naysayers are eatin’ crow / ’Cause we reapin’ every single thing that we can so,” Ab begins on “Gang’Nem,” turning to biblical language to express a common hip-hop theme. He goes on to proudly proclaim his affiliation to those who kept him up when he was down, even at the risk of self-incrimination. The song comes with a cinematic visual treatment directed by Omar Jones. Watch it above.

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Ab-Soul announces new album, shares lead single “Gang’Nem”