ABN (hip hop duo)

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Also known as Assholes by Nature
Origin Houston, Texas, United States
Genres Hip hop, Southern hip hop
Years active 2003 (2003)–present
Labels Rap-a-Lot
Associated acts Lil' Boss Hogg
Members Trae tha Truth

ABN or Assholes by Nature is an American hip hop duo, composed of Houston, Texas-based rappers Trae 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]


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.[5] 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.[6]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions
U.S. U.S. R&B U.S. Rap
2003 Assholes by Nature
  • Released: 2003
  • Label: Guerilla Maab Entertainment
2008 It Is What It Is


  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. ^ "Chart History It Is What It Is". Billboard. Retrieved 30 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard. August 2, 2008. Retrieved 30 January 2010. 

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