Tree of Life
Label: Top Dawg Entertainment
What has Top Dawg's most enigmatic MC been up to These Days? "I'm gettin' money now," he brags on "Hunnid Stax," then breaks down his drug intake on "Just Have Fun." In the past, his meditations on being a young L.A. weirdo made his previous work as intriguing as the better-known Kendrick Lamar (who appears via an "Interlude"). He remains in top lyrical form over the usual TDE laptop beats. "Everywhere I go, I swear they know my name," he crows on "Feelin' Us." Still, it seems premature for Ab to lose himself in rap life clichés before we really get to know him.