Riff: Ab-Soul – “Tree of Life”

Apr 22, 2014

I just wanna live like the trees/Shoot the breeze, stay around some leaves, you nah mean?/But I’m about to go on tour/Can’t wait for wind, pollination to plant my seeds in the soil/Around ’07 TDE struck oil/It’s my turn, Mr. LongTerm of turmoil

from Tree of Life lyrics by Ab-Soul

Batting third in the TDE lineup is a good place for Ab to go to work. His swing is as conscious as Kendrick’s and his aggressiveness at the plate is right on par with Q’s. The loops and agile boom-baps are on point, and his ability to work and rework an analogy is exactly what rap needs right now.

Riff by Jeff Min

Jeff Min is a Chicago-based writer at SONGLYRICS. His work has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, Hi-Fructose, Wax Poetics, SLAM, and HOOP.

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