ABN (hip hop duo)

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Also known asAssholes by Nature
OriginHouston, Texas, United States
GenresSouthern hip hop
Years active2003 (2003)–present
Associated actsLil' Boss Hogg
MembersTrae tha Truth

ABN or Assholes by Nature is an American hip hop duo, composed of Houston, Texas-based rappers Trae tha Truth and Z-Ro. They have so far released two studio albums Assholes by Nature (2003) and It Is What It Is (2008).


The duo is a collaboration between Z-Ro and Trae, both of whom are well established solo recording artists within Texas' underground hip hop scene.[1] Their first collaboration was on Z-Ro's debut album Look What You Did to Me (1998), with them regularly appearing on each other's albums thereafter.[2] Z-Ro and Trae grew apart in subsequent years and parted ways altogether after their last (and so far final) album in 2008 due to personal and creative differences.


ABN's first release was a double CD titled Assholes by Nature. It was released in 2003 by the independent label G-Maab Records and was produced by P.K. Johnson.[3]

In 2008 the duo released It Is What It Is which turned out to be the biggest commercial success for both artists. The album was released on Rap-A-Lot Records and produced by Brandon Crear.[4] The album reached number 62 on the Billboard 200, 10 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, and 7 on the Top Rap Albums charts. Previously the artists had 13 appearances on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart between them; this was the first in the top 10.

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions
U.S.[5] U.S. R&B[6] U.S. Rap[7]
2003 Assholes by Nature
  • Released: 2003
  • Label: Guerilla Maab Entertainment
2008 It Is What It Is 62 10 7


  1. ^ Birchmeier, Jason. "Biography-ABN". Allmusic. Retrieved 30 January 2010.
  2. ^ Nova Lomax, John (June 22, 2006). "An underground legend teams up with Rap-A-Lot in a bid to break nationwide". Houston Press. Retrieved 30 January 2010.
  3. ^ "A.B.N. - A.W.N. Films Presents: "A.B.N." Assholes By Nature, Starring The Soundtrack". Discogs. Retrieved 30 January 2010.
  4. ^ "Credits It Is What It Is". Allmusic. Retrieved 30 January 2010.
  5. ^ "ABN Chart History". Billboard 200. Retrieved May 16, 2018.
  6. ^ "ABN Chart History". Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Retrieved May 16, 2018.
  7. ^ "ABN Chart History". Top Rap Albums. Retrieved May 16, 2018.

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