Rapsody Takes 3 Beats & An Ab-Soul Verse To Shine At 2am (Audio)
Rapsody and Ab-Soul have great collaborative history that dates back nearly five years. Soulo was one of the higher profile guests from The Idea of Beautiful, appearing on “NonFiction.” With Rap’s close ties to T.D.E., the pair come back together at “2 a.m.” Released just hours after “Mad,” this dynamic 9th Wonder and Khrysis song is reflective stream of consciousness.
Rapsody’s first verse looks around and reflects on the world’s twilight intentions, and why her dreams are being achieved, while others weren’t. She states that she wished her brother put down bad habits like smoking, and why she’ll never be the subject of an Unsung episode. Ab follows, hitting the beat with the same intensity as Rap’. His verse touches on his Stevens–Johnson syndrome (and light sensitivity), the wisdom in his circles, and encouraging one to find their purpose. At the song’s midpoint (2:30), the beat changes. Here, the host MC comes back in, repeating the chorus. She throws sophisticated wordplay, cleverly referencing Common and classic diss records, Ciara and Future’s relationship, and Dodge Ram pickup trucks, as she cracks wise on people commenting on her socials. The beat changes once more (all three Soul Council tracks knock), sampling Maxwell’s “Sumthin’ Sumthin’.” “2 a.m.” suddenly closes out with Rapsody again basking in the moment, saluting her state, owning her greatness, and watching for wolves.
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