Most battle rappers don't know where to begin when it comes to making a transition to organized rap, but AR-ab maneuvers like a professional.
He now has a slew of impressive mixtapes, but Assault Riffle Ab got his start in rap by climbing the ranks in Northern Philadelphia; kicking ass and taking names of anyone who dared to cross his path. He's made quite the name for himself since then, co-founding his own record label "Original Block Hustlaz" (OBH) alongside fellow rapper and long term friend Dark Lo.
Philadelphia may be known as the city of brotherly love, but between him and Meek Mill, controversies suggest otherwise. You may recall hearing his name dropped in Drake's "Back to Back" diss targeting Meek Mill, rapping "I waited four days, nigga, where y'all at? I drove here in the Wraith playin' AR-Ab." When asked about the line, Ab sided with the Canadian rapper and expressed his disappointment in Meeks response, naturally cooking up some juicy beef between the two Philly residents. Of course, that's all water under the bridge now.
AR-Ab has much more to worry about than a few petty back-and-forths. During an incident late-September 2011, AR-Ab survived being shot ten times: 2 shots to the stomach, 2 to the hand, 5 to the glutes, and 1 shot to the thigh according to reports. These details stirred in with the murder case he beat back in 2005 has equipped him with enough street cred to last a lifetime.
King Ab's music has been described as a much needed addition to Hip-Hop culture. One of his most magical collaborations came from that of Swizz Beats, who later referred to him as the "most important new artist in rap." His latest project, "Who Harder Than Me 3," debuted on DatPiff.com in March 11, reaching bronze status in just two short weeks.
Be sure to catch the Philly native and his "real-rap" rhymes when he graces the A3C stage.
New Lane Ent. presents: What The Game's Been Missing
Thursday October 6th @ 8:00 PM
Warehouse on Auburn (Patio) (Old 4th Ward)