Abdul Ibrahim West, better known by his stage name AR-Ab (also referred to as King Ab, Assault Rifle Ab, or simply 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 was released in late-2014.
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, notably 07-07-07 (Happy Birthday and Put Ya L In The Sky. He continued working features for various rappers throughout this time span, until the release of his debut mixtape Welcome to Trap Street on May 1, 2008.
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. 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,and his third mixtape Allegheny AB on May 26, 2010.
Ab began making waves following the release of his fourth mixtape Who Harder Than Me, released on February 13, 2011. In 2012, AR-Ab began working on his fifth mixtape Who Harder Than Me II, which was released on October 5, 2012. The record included features from fellow-Philadelphia rapper Freeway, and rapper/producer Swizz Beatz who was already a long-time producer and associate of 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.
The following year saw the release of his sixth mixtape MUD Musik on February 28, 2013. This would be his last release before his latest round of legal trouble, which saw Ab turning himself into authorities and promptly incarcerated, in March of that same year