Longterm Mentality

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Longterm Mentality
Studio album by Ab-Soul
Released April 5, 2011
Recorded 2010–11
Studio TDE Recording Studio: House of Pain
(Carson, California)
Genre Hip hop
Length 58:18
Label Top Dawg Entertainment
Ab-Soul chronology
Longterm 2: Lifestyles of the Broke and Almost Famous
Longterm Mentality
Control System

Longterm Mentality is the debut studio album by American hip hop recording artist Ab-Soul. It was released on April 5, 2011, by Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE), exclusively to digital retailers, serving as Ab-Soul's debut retail release. The album features guest appearances from Jhené Aiko, Schoolboy Q, Kendrick Lamar, Punch, Alori Joh, JaVonté, MURS, BJ the Chicago Kid and Pat Brown, with the production from American hip hop record producers such as Tae Beast, Ayiro, Sounwave, AAyhasis, Context, Alexis Carrington and Tommy Black.[1] Upon its release, the album received a highly acclaimed by music critics.


Preceded by the mixtapes such as Longterm: The Mixtape (2009) and Longterm 2: Lifestyles of the Broke and Almost Famous (2010), Ab-Soul stated Longterm Mentality is not the third installment in his Longterm series. In July 2010, in an interview with Complex, Stevens claimed the series would have four installments, "When I did the first Longterm I knew that there would be four of them. When I did the first one. So there will be four of them: Longterm 1, 2, 3, and 4. So right now we're at two. You'll have to wait for the next one. That's for the next Ab-Soul interview."[2] In August 2011, in an interview with BlowHipHopTV, Ab-Soul explained in spite of the fact that Longterm Mentality is not a part of the series, all three projects paint a picture of his personal life and growth.[3] While speaking with BlowHipHopTV, the Black Hippy member said that the project is intended to introduce listeners to the man behind the mic:

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Real Thinkers" Tae Beast (of Digi+Phonics) 3:46
2. "Gone Insane" Ayiro 4:24
3. "Loosen My Tie" Sounwave (of Digi+Phonics) 4:29
4. "Nothin' New" (featuring Jhené Aiko) AAyhasis 3:28
5. "Hell Yeah" (featuring ScHoolboy Q) Sounwave 4:16
6. "Moscato" (featuring Kendrick Lamar) Sounwave 4:39
7. "T.D.U.D." Context 3:28
8. "Time is of the Essence" (featuring Punch) Tae Beast 4:42
9. "More of a Euphoria" (featuring Alori Joh) Sounwave 3:16
10. "Picture That" (featuring JaVonté) Alexis Carrington 5:18
11. "Big Pay Back" (featuring Murs) Tae Beast 3:45
12. "Almost There" (featuring BJ the Chicago Kid) Tommy Black 4:01
13. "#LTM" (featuring Pat Brown)
  • Tae Beast
  • Dave Free (of Digi+Phonics)
14. "Constipation" (performed by Black Hippy) Sounwave 3:26
Total length: 58:18
Sample credits


Chart (2011)[5] Peak
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard) 73
US Top Heatseekers (Billboard) 32


  1. ^ "Ab-Soul – LongTerm: Mentality (Album)". 2DopeBoyz. 2011-04-05. Retrieved 2012-05-28. 
  2. ^ Ahmed, Insanu (July 10, 2012). "Who Is Ab-Soul? – The Themes of Vision and Light in His Music". Complex. Retrieved July 11, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Horowitz, Steven J. (August 6, 2011). "Ab-Soul On His "Lonterm Mentality" Project, Black Hippy". HipHopDX. Cheri Media Group. Retrieved 2012-05-28. 
  4. ^ "Ab-Soul's Moscato sample of Morning, Noon & Night's Time". WhoSampled. Retrieved May 28, 2012. 
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