"That record is one of the cornerstones of the whole project," says the TDE rapper.
While penning bars like "I'll carry the cross if Virgin Mary had an abortion" may be seen as more controversial than inspirational, West Coast rapper Ab-Soul was only concerned with the latter when it came to crafting his new banger, "Stigmata" featuring Action Bronson and Asaad, he told BET.com.
Drawing inspiration of his own from Nas's scathing lyricism on 2002's God's Son album, the Carson, Calif. rapper recently got the official stamp of approval from the Queens MC, who embraced his creativity after hearing the record.
"I just performed with Nas at Soundset and I got to chop it up with him about it ["Stigmata"]," Ab said. "It's a big reference to one of his old records ["The Cross"] on there in the hook."
As they discussed the cut, Nas revealed his thought process while making the record. "He [Nas] actually was thinking about 'Hate Me Now' and the impact that it had with him playing the Jesus theme and how he can hear that same type of attitude merging back into today's sound," the TDE rapper revealed.
"Stigmata" is the first single from the black-lipped pastor's long-awaited third solo effort, These Days. Last month, he made headlines after threatening to leak the delayed project.
"I'm this close to just leakin my s--t like its a mixtape...." he tweeted.
Now, finally with a release date set for later this month, Ab says fans can soon start to anticipate another long-awaited project from the TDE label: The Black Hippy Crew LP.
"The same people that brought you Black Hippy are going to bring you the Black Hippy album for sure. I'm certain. Jay Rock's album is sounding crazy and he would probably need to put that out first, so we're all in a good space with time for each other and momentum."
These Days is slated for a June 24 release.
Check out the video below to see why Ab Soul calls the album a "time capsule."
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