AOTY 2017
Control System
Ab-Soul - Control System
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2012 Ratings: #65 / 929
User Score
Based on 99 ratings
2012 Ratings: #48
May 11, 2012 / Release Date
LP / Format
TopDawg / Label
Hip Hop / Genres
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Nov 29, 2017
78
favs: terrorist threats, illuminate
least fav: nothing's something
Nov 4, 2017
TheHearken
87
I think for it's time, the album isn't a stand out when put beside Kendrick Lamar's output during the same couple of years, but it shouldn't go unnoticed.

Sonically speaking this album is a mixed bag, a fun play through but maybe even more effective shuffled in between similar music. Ab-Soul as an MC is charismatic enough in small doses, even if in the grander scheme he's not making the year's best record.
Oct 6, 2017*
ASAPbroccoli
82
First Ab-Soul album I listened to, and it is a mix of greatness and filler. In-house production with Sounwave, Tae Beast, and Dave Free in the credits that defined that TDE sound. Mix of psychedelic, gritty cuts and nostalgic songs.
The title perfectly sums up the themes in this project. It has elements of a system of control over people's minds, such as Bohemian Grove and SOPA, and the need to fight back, as in Terrorist Threats. It also contains Soul's control system; whether that is ... read more
Dec 10, 2016*
BuffaloStaple
86
If you feel no emotion whatsoever when listening to The Book of Soul, I don't trust you
Aug 23, 2016
GratedStraws
95
Fuck I feel like Soulo will never be able top this greatness.
END OF YEAR LISTS
#10/The Needle Drop
#58/Pretty Much Amazing
MISC LISTS
#10/PopMatters (Hip Hop)
Track List
  1. Soulo Ho3 (feat. Jhene Aiko) 
  2. Track Two 
  3. Bohemian Grove 
  4. Terrorist Threats (feat. Danny Brown & Jhene Aiko) 
  5. Pineal Gland 
  6. Double Standards 
  7. Mixed Emotions 
  8. Sopa (feat. Schoolboy Q) 
  9. Lust Demons (feat. Jay Rock & Bj the Chicago Kid) 
  10. Illuminate (feat. Kendrick Lamar) 
  11. A Rebellion (feat. Alori Joh) 
  12. Showin' Love 
  13. Empathy (feat. Alori Joh & Ja Vonte') 
  14. Nothing's Something 
  15. Beautiful Death (feat. Punch & Ashtrobot) 
  16. The Book of Soul 
  17. Black Lip Bastard (Rmx) (feat. Black Hippy)
Contributions By
thisisabtlgrnd, philthy


Added on: June 9, 2012