Herbert Anthony Stevens IV, better known as Ab-Soul, was born in California in 1987. When he was 10, the boy was diagnosed with Stevens-Johnson syndrome. This rare disease affected the rapper’s eyesight, making his eyes sensitive to light. Since then, Herbert has been wearing sunglasses at all times to protect his eyes outdoors and indoors.
When Ab-Soul was 12, he started writing lyrics. His first song was “Emotions”. After graduating from high school and enrolling to college, the young man became a professional rapper. He recorded his debut track in 2002.
Ab-Soul always tried hard to keep away from the criminal life. That’s why he jokingly called himself an outcast of the Black Hippy group. The reason was that the rest of the group members grew up on the streets. For a long time, Stevens’ family held a music store, where the boy spent all of his free time.
When he turned 13, Stevens became a big fan of Jay Z, Eminem, and Canibus. At 15, he started participating in chat battles, competing against other rappers in freestyling over the internet. At the same time, Ab-Soul met a producer Sounwave, who later helped the rapper become famous.