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Do What Thou Wilt.

Ab-Soul - Do What Thou Wilt.
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2016 Ratings: #586 / 758
User Score
Based on 103 ratings
2016 Ratings: #422
December 9, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
TDE / Label
Hip Hop / Genres
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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.


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.

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

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.

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.

This is what would happen if you gave Shia LaBeouf some DMT, a 12th Planet documentary, and a World Religions textbook.
Whilst I can't say I think DWTW is as good as Control System, I still found it to be a massively enjoyable LP. His wordplay at times on this thing is just untouchable, loads of bars all over this album, if you're a fan of Soul's lyricism and wordplay, you're in for a treat with this one. I also couldn't help but notice how dark and nocturnal a lot of the production on this thing was, tracks like Womanogamy, Threatening Nature & Portishead in the Morning have a very unsettling, grimy ... read more
Ab soul very underrated. After a couple listens DWTW is ABSOULutely one of my Fav hip hop albums of 2016.
He's got nothing left to say except conspiracy theory cliches and corny wordplay. His songwriting ability hasn't improved since the Long Term mixtape.
SLAP: D.R.U.G.S., Portishead in the Morning /// HER World, RAW, Huey Knew THEN, Braille, Threatening Nature, Womanogamy, INvocation

SKIP: Wifey vs. WiFi /// P.M.S., YMF


VERDICT: Have a soft spot for dark-gloomy music. This album is right up my alley and there's songs on here that I seriously love
The beats on this are pretty good, and Ab-Soul can still rap well enough, but these lyrics are confusing. Some are pretty dumb too. Plus YMF is honestly a terrible track.
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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