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He may be TDE’s best kept secret, but to fans he is TopDawg’s underdog. Ab-Soul, born Herbert Anthony Stevens IV, is yet another Cali native signed to Top Dawg Entertainment but you definitely should not box him in as just another West Coast rapper. Fueled with lyricism, arrogance and imagery, Ab-Soul takes fans on a trip through the good and bad times.

Here’s a look at nine things we’ve learned about TDE’s underdog through his music.

1. Grateful for the opportunity to share his music with his fans, Ab-soul is determined to win despite past obstacles.

Stigmata- Ab-Soul featuring Action Bronson and Asaad

“Watch with the internet alone, I enlighten the whole globe/That’s iTunes from a n*gga with astigmatism/I got it from my moms, thank you Steve Jobs/You Took my grandpa job and you gave me a job/Not just a physical but digital way of displaying my rhymes/And making these kind people pay a fine/I’ve been through a lot, I deserve a lot. This works fine.”

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