When he was twelve years old, Herbert Anthony Stevens IV began writing rhymes in chat rooms online. Nine years later, he signed to Top Dawg Entertainment as Ab-Soul. Then the Los Angeles native formed the Black Hippy crew with his labelmates Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock, and Kendrick Lamar before making his solo debut with the album Longterm Mentality in 2011. Ab-Soul is now touring behind the release of his third ablum, ‘These Days…,’ stopping at Scoot Inn (1308 E, 4th Street ) on Saturday at 8 p.m.
Besides receiving mostly positive reviews from critics, ‘These Days…’ peaked at number 11 on the Billboard 200 chart and at numbers 2 and 3 on the US Rap and Indie charts, respectively. The album features names like Lupe Fiasco, Rick Ross, and his Black Hippy collaborator, Schoolboy Q.
Ab-Soul goes on at 8 p.m., but the opening acts begin at 6:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $23, but a Meet and Greet package is available for $100.