Ab Soul

10 Songs: Saturday, July 26th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | July 26, 2014

Come Get It Babe – Pharrell – The live version off the Spring Session from Webster Hall and it sounds very good indeed, saving the track from deep album obscurity plus the “heys” now sound like a Williams tic but a good tic (it is all over “Blurred Lines” as well) and the track isn’t hip hop -not even the production, it is funk – A-

Action Bronson, Ab Soul, Danny Brown At Best Buy, Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | July 25, 2014

t is 11pm on a Wednesday night at Best Buy and while it doesn’t say “Sold Out” for the third annual Peter Palooza, I have never seen the club busier. Peter Palooza is Hut 97’s Sunday night new rap DJ Peter Rosenberg and the birthday celebration is his, but the people want Action Bronson.

10 Songs: Saturday, July 25th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | July 25, 2014

I’m Not A Player – Big Pun – After catching his son at Peter Palooza the other day, I went back to this long anything but cuddly guys first smash with its awesome O’Jays sample and sexy strokes from 97. RIP Mr. Punisher. – A

10 Songs: Friday, July 11th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | July 11, 2014

Anarchy In The UK – Motley Crue – Do I buy into this being a lousy cover? Absolutely. And every attempt to switch from the UK to the US was a complete disaster. But so what? Who else is singing Sex Pistols songs in 2014? – B

That Was The Week Of June 30th, 2014 That Was

By Iman Lababedi | July 7, 2014

Tim Howard is 35 years old and sports, soccer, is more or less a young man’s game, but the Manchester United goalie from New Jersey who carried the USA team past the UK for one and Italy for another, may prove capable of doing what Pele couldn’t 40 years ago, with that in mind, US ball clubs should through mountains of money at the man so he can singlehandedly turn the US onto, dare I call it, football.

Active Viewin': rock nyc Concert Picks Week Of July 7th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | July 6, 2014

Whatever your taste and wherever it may or may not coincide with the free for all 4Knots festival at the Southside Seaport, still, nobody can deny the garage rocking , country hawking Those Darlins, a band I’ve planned on catching yp with for a coupla years now. And did I mention it is free? Saturday, July 12th 1pm – 8pm

10 Songs: Friday, July 5th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | July 5, 2014

Na Na – Trey Songz – Very catchy sex song by a guy I once saw open for Mariah Marey, he sucked but man, the women in the audience could care. This is better than usual, a tricked out beat and a cute metaphor – B

Must See: Ab Soul At Webster Hall, July 2014

By Iman Lababedi | July 4, 2014

Ab Soul has the skills of an old time rapper with the sensibility of a modern day spitter. He isn’t an Earl Sweatshirt, he isn’t new r&b but he isn’t old school either; rather, he is like an hallucinogenic sound merchant , with such tremendous flow as a rapper (he mentions Twista as an influence)

Be Here Now: Snapshot Reviews Of New Albums 7-1-14

By Iman Lababedi | July 1, 2014

These Days – Ab-Soul – An incredible 90 minutes by the last man to break out of Black Hippy, this is a stupendous album, brainy, beautiful, tons of guest stars, all of his former band, deep grooves, smart rhymes; miles away from Gangsta. This is the best rap album of the year and to sustain it for 90 minutes is mind binding – ALBUM OF THE WEEK – A

10 Songs: Wednesday, June 34th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | June 25, 2014

Gimme A Feelin’ – Ace Frehley – This is so over the top it is funny in a Kiss sort of way, a lambasting rifaramadingdong with a touch of Simpson’s like parody… not intentionally of course, “gimme a feelin’ because you’re on my mind…” I see, I’d love to be in the meeting where they brainstorm the lurics – C-