Ab-Soul
Do What Thou Wilt.


4.0
excellent

Review

by is Wario a libertarian? USER (10 Reviews)
December 13th, 2016 | 64 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The brightest silver lining.

Ab-Soul has always been the most underappreciated and overlooked of the famed Black Hippy crew. Kendrick of course is the apple of everyone’s eye, Schoolboy Q has been coming into his own as of late with Blank Face LP and Jay Rock’s more classic west coast style has always gotten a fair amount of love. That leaves Ab-Soul, who seems to be the odd one out of the bunch. Whatever it is he hasn’t gotten quite the same traction as his colleagues and the disappointing 2014 release These Days… didn’t help things. Ab-Soul’s different approach to lyricism didn’t play well to features either but Do What Thou Wilt. for the most part brings back the seemingly far-gone glory days of Control System.

Ab-Soul’s thought-provoking, abstract lyricism and wordplay shine wonderfully on the album. His lyrics are always quirky with interesting rhyming schemes that showcase his personality. He usually doesn’t go deep on an emotional level, instead rapping about out there topics like the occult and conspiracies along with throwing in a fair amount of biblical references. His wordplay is second to none and references are unique, combining out there topics while being very meta. This combined with the other main strength of the album, the production, really makes for something special. The beats are dark, brooding and atmospheric channeling Ab-Soul’s depressed energy and really work well with his unique style of lyricism. Features for the most part are underwhelming and don’t add much, the one exception unsurprisingly being Schoolboy Q who always slays on his features and really makes the song his own. Ab-Soul continues the Black Hippy tradition of having phenomenal and catchy hooks which are up there as some of the best of the year along with Schoolboy Q’s Blank Face LP. Soulo's stilted almost in and out delivery really add to the album and is pretty unique. The glaring con on Do What Thou Wilt. is quite obvious, it’s the length. An hour and 17 minutes is far too long for an album like this and it doesn’t help that there are a few duds on here that should’ve obviously been cut like “Wifey vs WiFi”. The last two songs as well feel out of place and disconnected from the rest of the album opting for a more upbeat and poppy style. While not bad songs, they should’ve been left on the cutting room floor or at least being bonus tracks.

With Ab-Soul once again releasing a quality album, the Black Hippy crew is in full force. There would seemingly not be a better time to start working on the crown jewel of modern hip-hop, a Black Hippy collab album, with all members currently in full stride. Will we ever see the album? It’s impossible to say but Ab-Soul has once again shown to be a force of his own whose unique skillset offers a lot to work with.



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Futures
December 13th 2016


9079 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks to rowan for the proof as usual

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Rowan5215
Contributing Reviewer
December 13th 2016


37709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

RAW BACKWARDS ON ALL YOU RAPPERS RAW BACKWARDS ON ALL YOU RAPPERS

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brainmelter
December 13th 2016


3350 Comments


pos, i have yet to hear all of this

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rufinthefury
December 13th 2016


2597 Comments


pos'd never given AbSoul's solo works a listen but i think he's usually okay on his features so ill check it

guitarded_chuck
December 13th 2016


11104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

always defended ab soul hes dope most underrated tde member, bet this is sweet

guitarded_chuck
December 13th 2016


11104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

almost a 9 but a bit too bloated as is the unfortunate trend these days

Rowan5215
Contributing Reviewer
December 13th 2016


37709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this deserves a higher average than Blank Face LP for sure

guitarded_chuck
December 13th 2016


11104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

agreed



gonna let it settle but prob my fav tde release since gkmc

Rowan5215
Contributing Reviewer
December 13th 2016


37709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

it's up there but Lonely Soul is really fucking terrible

guitarded_chuck
December 13th 2016


11104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

since cilvia demo* actually



it is yeah, like i said this trend for albums to just be packed full with what should have been b material that never made the final cut is actually starting to piss me off

Rowan5215
Contributing Reviewer
December 13th 2016


37709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

agreed like Overtime on Blank Face is literally the most shameful case of padding I've heard in years and it's just sandwiched between two absolute bangers as well

TheCrocodile
December 13th 2016


2586 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I really dig this one, like a lot more than Control System..

SteakByrnes
December 13th 2016


1531 Comments


Nice review my dude, this doesn't sound like something that I'd enjoy. The jazz tag intrigues me tho

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TheCrocodile
December 13th 2016


2586 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

not really jazz tbh..

FreddieDelaney31
December 13th 2016


2410 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

this fucking album

Wifey Vs WiFi sure as hell isn't the best rap song released this year but it may be my favorite

Was thinking of giving this a review, glad someone less lazy than I got around to it

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Toad
December 13th 2016


4063 Comments


gotta check this, nice review, easy pos

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TheMrAlexK
December 13th 2016


6188 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album's great review's great

Fatbagofcrack
December 13th 2016


22 Comments


DRUGS is soo good.

TVC15
December 13th 2016


5805 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

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Kinda surprised by the lukewarm reception this has on RYM

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TheCrocodile
December 13th 2016


2586 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

rym is rym they need that big ol' k-dot dick ;)



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