By Casey Callahan
On Saturday April 15 the Community Center for the Performing Arts and University of Oregon Campus Radio 88.1 FM KWVA proudly welcome the Ab-Soul "YMF Tour" to the WOW Hall.
Herbert Anthony Stevens IV -- also known as Ab-Soul -- was signed by Top Dawg Entertainment in 2007. Top Dawg is the independent label that serves as a home to the Black Hippy rap collective consisting of Kendrick Lamar, ScHool Boy Q and Jay Rock.
Ab-Soul’s style of rap incorporates philosophy, ideology and intoxicating rhymes about esoteric theory's and concepts. He has two albums released through TDE, Longterm Mentality and his breakthrough album, 2011's Control System. He also has a third album on Interscope Records (his latest) that was released on June 8, 2016, Do What Thou Wilt.
Stevens grew up in his family's record shop in Carson, California. Being diagnosed with Steven-Johnson disease -- which made his eyes sensitive to light – (answers the question; “what's with the shades?”) changed his life from dreaming of playing ball to rapping at an early age.
He started rapping on BlackPlanet free style chat at age 12. His popular hit "D.R.U.G.S” -- which stands for Don’t Ruin Us God Said -- has a back story that is all too familiar to our generation of "too much" and "addiction" and it's ability to enable one to see the truth and tap into earth's duality. Ab-Soul cites fellow American rappers Twista, Eminem, Nas and Lupe Fiasco as major influences as well as Brooklyn based Jay –Z (as his biggest).
Ab-Soul's lyrics come from a deep place and form a truth that inspires both the listener and the musician -- a chance to know this world from a higher perspective.
If you want to hear another kind of Rap Music, one that has its roots in the mystical and the esoteric, check out Ab-Soul who will inspire you to open your mind and seek higher worlds.
Tickets are $23 in advance, $27 at the door, and $65 for Meet & Greet. Doors open at 8:00 pm and showtime is 9:00.
Meet & Greet Package ($65) includes:
One general admission ticket
VIP early entry into the venue
Exclusive preshow meet & greet with Ab-Soul
Personal photograph with Ab-Soul
Specially design Ab-Soul tour shirt (exclusive to VIP packages only)
Collectible tour poster (limited print)
Official meet & greet laminate
Customers can contact INFO@FUTURE-BEAT.COM with any questions concerning their package.