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Ab-Soul and Kendrick Lamar Unveil Dystopian Video for 'ILLuminate'

January 16, 2013 (4:55 am) GMT
The hip-hop recording artist releases the clip to the collaboration track from his 'Control System' album.

Top Dawg Entertainment artist Ab-Soul drops the music video for "ILLuminate", the 2012 hip-hop track from his independent studio album "Control System" under the TDE label. Directed by Fredo Tovar and Scott Fleishman, the clip features his fellow West Coast rapper . "Control System" follows Ab-Soul's debut studio effort, the moderately-successful "Longterm Mentality".

The new music video takes place in a dystopian world where a group of people rummage through the dirt to find Ab-Soul's LP then sit around throwing cash onto a makeshift bonfire. As Ab-Soul's "illuminated" image appears while he delivers his rhymes, the words get written on a notebook before it gets torn off and used to light up a green torch. They proceed to carry bulky pieces of audio-video equipment as if instantly spellbound by the rhymes to take these on a journey.

"Back when I first grabbed that pen / I told myself I was gon' win / And I ain't know when / But it was gon' end / Up happening, I want in / So you can take your top 5 list / Dead or alive and put me after Em," he raps. The TDE artist also mentions a host of other popular hip-hop stars in the second verse, "I used to wanna rap like / Now I feel like I'm runnin' laps around Jay-Z / ain't seen nothing this nasty / B.I.G. & Pac got it coming when I pass too / You got the mic, I ain't the one you wanna pass to."

Lamar joins Ab-Soul in the hypnotic hook, "They wanna share my light [x8]/ You can have all my shine, I'll give you the light [x2]". He wraps up the third verse, where he also name-drops other top hip-hop acts, "See the truth is, they wanna know how close me, Dre and Snoop is / Or how the shoe fits when they choose this to be 2Pac."

Ab-Soul's 'ILLuminate' Music Video Feat. Kendrick Lamar

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