Illuminate (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
Label: TopDawg Ent.
Ab-Soul is the free spirit of L.A.'s Black Hippy crew alongside gangsters Jay Rock and Schoolboy Q and "good kid" Kendrick Lamar. On his second album, he swings between calling President Obama "a puppet" on "Terrorist Threats," celebrating drugs on "Mixed Emotions," and dissecting male-female stereotypes on "Double Standards." With contributions from singers like Jhene Aiko, Control System blends contrasting styles, from soulful harmonies to knucklehead raps, into something that's uniquely his own. As he says on "A Rebellion," "I'm probably all alone on this one."