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Abdul Ibrahim West
King Ab, Top Goon of Philly, El Patron, The Goon
BornSeptember 26, 1982 age : 36
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
GenresHip hop, gangsta rap, trap
Rapper, songwriter
LabelsCash Money, Original Block Hustlaz (OBH) (current)
Larsiny Family, Full Surface , We Run The Streets (former)
Dark Lo, Birdman, Larsiny Family, Meek Mill, Freeway, Don Trip, Shy Glizzy, Chevy Woods, Kevin Gates

Abdul Ibrahim West,[1][2] better known by his stage name AR-Ab (also referred to as King Ab), is an American rapper from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is a member of OBH (Original Block Hustlaz), the label and rap supergroup he co-founded with fellow rapper Dark Lo. Complex named him one of "15 Unsigned Rappers Who Should Get a Deal After SXSW" in March 2013, the same year he turned himself in to authorities following legal trouble. He signed with Cash Money Records in May 2016. OBH members have included: Dark lo, Lik Moss, Shamoney "Da Wolf", p90 smooth, Breeze Begets, Pretty Flock, Newz, Cdot, Razor, Kylledge, NoBrakes Bras, Wiz Lo & others.[3][4]

Music career

Abdul West was born on September 26, 1982 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. AR-AB began his career as a battle rapper and went on to become a member of Cassidy's Larsiny Family, appearing as a featured artist on his mixtapes throughout 2007, namely 07-07-07 (Happy Birthday)[5] and Put Ya L In The Sky.[6] He continued working features for artists during this time until the release of his debut mixtape Welcome to Trap Street on May 1, 2008.[7]

In 2008, Ab and Cassidy appeared on the Cocaine City street DVD, where the two collaborated on "City of Dreams" alongside a young French Montana.[8] This would be Ab's first music video before concentrating on his solo career. He released his second mixtape I See Dead People on January 8, 2009,[9] and his third mixtape Allegheny AB on May 26, 2010.[10]

Ab began making waves following the release of his fourth mixtape Who Harder Than Me, released on February 13, 2011.[11] In 2012, AR-Ab began working on his fifth mixtape Who Harder Than Me II, which was released on October 5, 2012.[12] The record included features from fellow-Philadelphia rapper Freeway, and New York rapper and producer Swizz Beatz who had previously worked with Cassidy during the latter's stint with Ruff Ryders Entertainment. The collaboration, during which Swizz Beatz referred to Ab as "most important new artist in rap", prompted speculation whether he would be signed to his label.[13][14]

The following year saw the release of his sixth mixtape MUD Musik on February 28, 2013.[15] This would be his last release before his latest round of legal trouble which saw Ab turning himself into authorities and incarcerated in March of that same year.[4][16]

Personal life

Abdul West grew up in North Philadelphia, where he currently resides.[17][18] In late 2010, Ab and Dark Lo formed their label and rap collective OBH (Original Block Hustlaz), which also includes his brother Lik Moss among other rappers. In 2012, Abdul's grandmother died and his mother died the following month. He describes this as a traumatic moment in his life, having already lost an elder brother prior.[19]

Legal issues

Abdul West has been embroiled in a spate of legal issues throughout his career, and prior to his involvement in the music industry, including charges related to drug trafficking, possession, and violent crimes. According to interviews, he has served time in jail on four separate occasions prior to his most-recent 2013 sentencing related to crack cocaine.[20][21] West, along with 8 others, has been indicted in connection with a drug trafficking group in North Philadelphia. His charges include a conspiracy to distribute, the possession, and the distribution of cocaine, crack, methamphetamine, and heroin[22]. As of October 17, 2018, the case has not been heard. [23]

2005 homicide case

In 2005, AR-Ab was one of three men wanted by police in connection to an April 15 shooting that left one man dead and two others injured.[24][25] Prominent rapper Cassidy was the main suspect, with Ab and a third unidentified man being wanted as accomplices. In a December 3, 2008, interview with PhillyHeatTV, AR-Ab revealed he was found "not guilty",[26] having spent two years fighting the case.[27] Cassidy had surrendered to Philadelphia police on the afternoon of June 17, 2005.[28] The case took a turn when the primary witness withdrew his confession. On January 25, 2006, Cassidy was convicted of involuntary manslaughter, two counts of aggravated assault and possession of an instrument of crime for his involvement in the shooting. He was sentenced to 11 to 23 months in prison plus probation, and was credited with the 7 months he had already served.[29][30] He was released after serving 8 months in prison, and went on to relaunch the Larsiny Family which included then-member AR-Ab.

2013 prison sentence

On April 13, 2013, media outlets reported on a Tweet from rapper AR-Ab referring to a past crime which caught up to him.[16]"3 years ago I got caught up in a big drug trafficking raid, it just caught up to me. Now I gottta pay da price. I'm doing my final show tonite", claimed the Tweet.[31] Speculations were abound whether he would be going to jail soon.[16] On April 26, videographer Gil Videos uploaded a video with Ab revealing he will be turning himself in to the authorities.[4] Following his prison sentence, music videos from AR-Ab and OBH members prominently featured the "Free AR-Ab" slogan, and urged fans to write to Abdul West while he's in prison.[1][2] He was released on parole in November 2014, having served 18 months.[21][32] According to interviews, Ab was booked for charges related to crack cocaine and faced up to 3 years, which was hastened to 18 months through his participation in the boot camp program.[21]


During an incident late-September 2011, AR-Ab survived being shot ten times. A Tweet dated September 24, 2011, showed a bandaged Ab lying in bed recuperating with the caption "10 shots couldn't stop me!!!"[33][34] A previous Tweet confirmed he was in the hospital receiving treatment.[35] He is reported to have suffered two shots to the stomach, two to the hand, five to the glutes and one shot to the thigh.[36]

Feud with Meek Mill

Drake referenced AR-Ab on his song "Back to Back" where he says "I waited four days, nigga, where y'all at? I drove here in the Wraith playin' AR-Ab." AR-Ab later appeared on VladTV in August 2015 saying that while he hasn't signed on to Drake's OVO Sound and sided with him saying he was disappointed in Mill's response. Mill responded on August 6 during a performance at Camden where he said "Fuck AR-Ab" and questioned his allegiance to an out-of-town rapper. "AR-Ab" responded by releasing his own version of "Back to Back" freestyle on August 8 which dissed Mill and also contained violent lyrics where he threatened to unleash his "shooters" upon Mill.[37][38][39] In response, Meek's cousin Omelly released his own version of "Back to Back" freestyle which dissed AR-Ab and also contained violent lyrics. AR-Ab did another interview on VladTV where he said Mill was too scared to respond himself and Omelly was the "softest one on Dream Chasers". He also told that he won't respond to Omelly's diss because he's a "worker".[40] In January 2016, AR-Ab revealed that he and Mill had talked it out and their feud was now over.[41]


Collaboration albums
  • Rich Gang 2: Flashy Lifestyle (with YMCMB) (TBA)
  • Welcome to Trapstreet (2008)
  • I See Dead People (2009)
  • Allegheny AB (2010)
  • Who Harder Than Me (2011)
  • Who Harder Than Me II (2012)
  • Mud Musik (2013)
  • Mud Musik II (2015)
  • Who Harder Than Me 3 (2016)
  • Protocol Vol 1 (2017)
  • Protocol Vol 2 (2017)
  • Protocol Vol 3 (2017)
  • Protocol vol 4 (2018)
  • TBA
  • Goonie Gang 2 With Dark Lo (2019)


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  2. ^ a b "Go Hard". ArAbTGOP. Retrieved 2015.
  3. ^ "15 Unsigned Rappers Who Should Get a Deal After SXSW". Complex. March 15, 2013. Retrieved 2015.
  4. ^ a b c "AR-AB 5 Days Before Turning Himself Into Prison". GilVideos. April 26, 2013. Retrieved 2015.
  5. ^ "07-07-07 (Happy Birthday)". Retrieved 2015.
  6. ^ "Put Ya L In The Sky". Retrieved 2015.
  7. ^ "Welcome To Trap Street". Retrieved 2015.
  8. ^ "City of Dreams". Cocaine City. Retrieved 2015.
  9. ^ "I See Dead People". Retrieved 2015.
  10. ^ "Allegheny AB". Retrieved 2015.
  11. ^ "Who Harder Than Me". Retrieved 2015.
  12. ^ "Who Harder Than Me II". Retrieved 2015.
  13. ^ "Ar-Ab Recording "Bottom" ft Swizz Beatz". ArAbTGOP. Retrieved 2015.
  14. ^ "Philly Rapper Ar-Ab Is The "Most Important New Artist in Rap"". Retrieved 2015.
  15. ^ "MUD Musik". Retrieved 2015.
  16. ^ a b c "AR-AB Performing Final Show Tonight Before Going To Prison?". VladTV. April 13, 2013. Retrieved 2015.
  17. ^ "AR-AB: My Islam Is About Peace, Not Killing People". VladTV. April 9, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  18. ^ "Dark Lo Discusses Ar-Ab + Running The Streets of Philly". Street League Movement. May 17, 2013. Retrieved 2015.
  19. ^ "AR-AB gets emotional on his mother's passing". April 30, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  20. ^ "AR-AB: PA Prisons Are Overpopulated With Gangs Now". VladTV. December 2, 2014. Retrieved 2015.
  21. ^ a b c "AR-AB Talks Prison Bid, His Career After Prison & More". November 10, 2014. Retrieved 2015.
  22. ^ "Superseding Indictment Filed Charging Nine Members of North Philadelphia Drug Trafficking Organization". 2018-10-18. Retrieved .
  23. ^ "Superseding Indictment Filed Charging Nine Members of North Philadelphia Drug Trafficking Organization". 2018-10-18. Retrieved .
  24. ^ "Rapper surrenders in murder case; Police are seeking two other men..." Retrieved 2015.
  25. ^ "Cassidy Wanted For Murder". MTV News. Retrieved 2015.
  26. ^ "AR-AB Interview Pt. 1". PhillyHeatTV. Retrieved 2015.
  27. ^ "Philly Rapper Ar-Ab Is The "Most Important New Artist in Rap"". Vibe. September 16, 2012. Retrieved 2015.
  28. ^ "Cassidy Turns Himself In On Murder, Weapons Charges". MTV News. Retrieved 2015.
  29. ^ "Cassidy Convicted Of Involuntary Manslaughter - Will Be Eligible For Parole Soon". MTV News. Retrieved 2015.
  30. ^ "Judge Reinstates First-Degree Murder Charge Against Cassidy". MTV News. Retrieved 2015.
  31. ^ "5:02 PM, April 13, 2013 Tweet". @ArAb_TGOP. April 13, 2013. Retrieved 2015.
  32. ^ "AR-AB Released From Prison After 18 Months". OG610TV. November 6, 2014. Retrieved 2015.
  33. ^ "1:32 PM, 24 Sep 2011 Tweet". @ArAb_TGOP. September 24, 2011. Retrieved 2015.
  34. ^ "AR AB Shot 10 Times!". September 25, 2011. Retrieved 2015.
  35. ^ "12:52 PM, 24 Sep 2011 Tweet". @ArAb_TGOP. September 24, 2011. Retrieved 2015.
  36. ^ "Ar-Ab calls outy people that shot him 10 times..." February 16, 2012. Retrieved 2015.
  37. ^ Walker, Angus (August 8, 2015). "AR-Ab Drops Violent Diss Against Meek Mill, Raps Over Drake's "Back 2 Back"". Music Times. Retrieved 2016.
  38. ^ Balfour, Jay (August 7, 2015). "Philly Rapper AR-Ab Disses Meek Mill Over Drake's "Back To Back"". Complex. Retrieved 2016.
  39. ^ Stern, Marlow (August 7, 2015). "AR-Ab Sides With Drake, Threatens To Unleash 'Shooters' On Meek Mill In New Diss Track". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 2016.
  40. ^ Walker, Angud (August 11, 2015). "Omelly Raps On Drake's 'Back 2 Back' and Disses AR-Ab for Meek Mill, 50 Cent Responds". Music Times. Retrieved 2016.
  41. ^ "At least one of Meek Mill'a feud is over".

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