Do What Thou Wilt.

Ab-Soul - Do What Thou Wilt.
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2016 Ratings: #636 / 962
User Score
Based on 245 ratings
2016 Ratings: #417
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CRITIC REVIEWS

84
HipHopDX

At times profound and others, utterly confusing, the 16-track opus gets denser with every listen. All the while, Soulo becomes more lyrically proficient than he’s ever been on top of some of the darkest production in 2016 raposphere.

80
XXL

What makes this album so great is also what makes it short of perfect. Ab-Soul’s songwriting is thought-provoking and woke but the album doesn’t have that one track to take him straight to the radio, which can only work to his benefit to appeal to the masses.

70
The Needle Drop
TDE's living lyrical conundrum, Ab-Soul, returns for one of his most dense albums yet.
60
Exclaim!

The brainpower behind Soul's lyrics can also be his downfall, though. Becoming wrapped up in his own musings on life, the universe and everything all at once can at times lead to some truly baffling bars.

58
Pretty Much Amazing

What results is like hearing a stoner acquaintance ramble on about absolutely nothing while a decent beat plays on the radio — the sort of acquaintance who self-identifies as the nonsense-neologism sapiosexual on his Tinder profile.

44
Pitchfork
This is what would happen if you gave Shia LaBeouf some DMT, a 12th Planet documentary, and a World Religions textbook.
DontFearMusic
90

One of these days I'm going to relisten and give a proper review to this album because I firmly believe it is one of the most criminally misunderstood and disrespected albums of the last 10 years. For anybody seeing this, hold me to it please.

Rollo_P
73

Technically an Ab-Soul album. Some good songs here and there, but it's pretty painfully redundant with Control System already in the books.

HHGA
85

After a slightly disappointing album in 2014 with These Days…, TDE's Ab-Soul came back strong in 2016 with this sprawling project. At over 75 minutes of playing time with some serious subject matter - from feminism to religion to drugs to modern societal woes - reflecting Ad-Soul's deep and conflicted thoughts and feelings, this is not a breezy listen. Do What Thou Wilt was met with mixed acclaim upon its release, but is just about as good as Control System (2012), Ab-Soul's best and ... read more

Raiksheen
70

Nice

DontFearMusic
90

One of these days I'm going to relisten and give a proper review to this album because I firmly believe it is one of the most criminally misunderstood and disrespected albums of the last 10 years. For anybody seeing this, hold me to it please.

Rollo_P
73

Technically an Ab-Soul album. Some good songs here and there, but it's pretty painfully redundant with Control System already in the books.

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Track List

  1. RAW (backwards) [feat. Zacari]
  2. Braille (feat. Bas)
  3. Huey Knew THEN (feat. Da$H)
  4. Threatening Nature
  5. Womanogamy
  6. INvocation (feat. Kokane)
  7. Wifey vs. WiFi / / / P.M.S. (feat. BR3)
  8. Beat the Case (feat. ScHoolboy Q) / / / Straight Crooked
  9. Portishead in the Morning / / / HER World
  10. God's a Girl?
  11. Now You Know
  12. D.R.U.G.S.
  13. Evil Genius (feat. Teedra Moses & JaVonté)
  14. Lonely Soul (feat. Punch) / / / The Law (Prelude) [feat. SZA]
  15. The Law (feat. Mac Miller & Rapsody)
  16. YMF
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Added on: December 5, 2016