Ab-Soul confirmed in an interview with “The Breakfast Club” today that the long-rumored Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole album is in fact in the works, as The Fader points out. Earlier today, he appeared on the radio show to promote his new album DWTW. Towards the end of the interview, Charlamagne asked Ab-Soul if he has “a feature on the Kendrick/Cole album.” Ab-Soul responded by saying “I can’t speak on that. I wish I could.” Charlemagne continued to press Ab-Soul, asking “how many songs” they might’ve recorded and when the album might be released. Ab-Soul eventually said “I don’t really know too much about it. I just hope they use my verse.” When Charlemagne asked again if there was a Kendrick/Cole album, Ab-Soul confirmed, saying “There is a Kendrick/Cole album. They got it. They got something in the works. They been working on that motherfucker for awhile.” Watch the interview below (starting at 24:00).
Ab-Soul seemed less sure about another long-rumored project, a collaborative Black Hippy album. “Don’t worry about that,” he said, before breaking into laughter.
When contacted by the Fader to further clarify about the Kendrick/Cole album, Ab-Soul responded, “It’s a myth *joker smile*.”
Last year, on Black Friday, Kendrick and Cole shared a pair of remixes. Shortly afterwards, Kendrick’s sister shared a since-deleted Instagram post, hinting they were collaborating on a larger project.
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