It’s hard out here for an Ab-Soul fan. Not that he doesn’t deliver quality material every time he steps into the booth, it’s just that his lack of regular output prevents him from building any real momentum. Just take his upcoming and long-awaited These Days… album — the middle child in TDE’s six-project takeover of 2014 — which Top Dawg recently announced will be dropping within the next month, but you guys can pick the date.

The project hasn’t received anywhere near the promotional push that ScHoolboy Q’s Oxymoron did (an Interscope deal notwithstanding), which suggests that TDE are simply relying on the core fans to go out and buy the album. Not a terrible move, but not it’s exactly setting Soulo up for a top 10 debut, which he more than deserves.

With all that said, Ab-Soul serves up another slice of fire from These Days…: the rattling “Stigmata,” which features a comically crude verse from Action Bronson, as well as the blunted bars of Philly MC Asaad. There’s almost a cruel irony in how it borrows Q’s “yawk, yawk” ad-lib when, in spite of it being a decent rap record, probably won’t be making the same kind of splash that any Oxymoron single managed.

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