Five months after the Christopher Dorner saga came to an end, Ab-Soul decided to re-spark the debates and discussion with the release of his new single “Christopher DRONEr” the other day. Speaking with XXL, Soulo shares some insight behind the song’s creation and explains the reason behind the timing of the release.
Actually just me and my homies, we was just looking further into the case, the situation at hand. I think the whole situation was very open-ended. Definitely no disrespect to Trayvon Martin or a lot of the things that have been happening along those lines. But I kinda just wanted to make sure we didn’t completely just forget about the situation.
I wrote it back when it happened, but we finally got around to putting it out. [I] felt like it was a good time. Because I haven’t heard too much more about it. I haven’t heard these conversations so I felt like it was a great time to put it out. Just don’t forget this happened not too long ago. That was pretty crazy. We don’t really know [what happened]. I really looked into it because it was really heart felt. Even still the whole case is really open-ended.
A couple years back Jahlil Beats used the same sample as Willie B for Meek Mill’s “Gasoline.” And although he hadn’t heard the song prior to recording, Ab reveals that he ironically used some Meek Mill influence.
It’s crazy too because I heard that Meek Mill used that same sample not too long on a joint. It was crazy because I feel like I used some Meek Mill influence even in the DRONEr song without even hearing his record first. That was a great display of how I am influenced by what’s going on.
Switching topics, Ab-Soul also spoke briefly on his delayed Unit 6 project with JMSN and his next solo offering.
“I had a project with JMSN that I did, but our management couldn’t see eye to eye so we still got that in the cut. As of right now it’s sounding like prequel to my album.”
As far as what fans can expect from his new project, the 2013 XXL Freshman says, “I’m fine tuning it right now. I don’t even really know if I want to call it an album yet. I just want to call it a project. You know I’ve been quiet for awhile. We’re still really excited about the success of good kid m.A.A.d city so we riding that out as long as possible, as well as getting Q’s album finished up, Oxymoron.”
Listen/download “Christopher DRONEr” right here.