With Ab-Soul's long-delayed These Days album coming up next month, the Black Hippy MC is giving fans "Stigmata," a very promising taste of his third album.
Over a sick, stuttering beat and a comparatively relaxed bass line, the 27-year-old rapper delivers a few incredible lines with guest verses from Action Bronson and Philly rapper Asaad. "Stigmata" references Nas' 2002 track "The Cross" by including the same religious-themed chorus that starts with, "I carry the cross / If Virgin Mary had an abortion...."
Ab-Soul's lyrics have religion on the mind, too. His best lyric here is probably, "With the Internet alone I enlighten the whole globe / That's iTunes from a n***a with a stigmatism," but the last lyric is pretty damn memorable: "One of these days a simple soul will pick up the Book of God, read it and won't believe it / Then the rest of us will be embarrassed."
These Days drops either June 3, 10, 17 or 24 depending on fans' Twitter responses. Tweeting about These Days, Ab-Soul said, "Don't call it an album, call it a time capsule."