Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE) rapper Ab-Soul is back with his fourth studio album Do What Thou Wilt. Getting inspiration from the “wickedest man in the world,” who is Aleister Crowley, a known occultist, for the title of his album. It is an album like no other. It is not something that anyone could sit down to and just listen to all the time. It is confusing and also dense exploring many different ideas and issues throughout the entire album.
Beginning with the song, RAW (Backwards), the listener is hit with a hard hitting track to set the mood filled with complex rhyming patterns and very clever bars paired with an excellent instrumental. It is a great example of his talents and a great way to start off the album. Then followed right after with another excellent hard hitting track is Braille. Another track that sticks out is Womanogamy, which it explores the issues of the treatment of women in society. This concept is also very prominent throughout the entire project.
“Tricky” is a good word to describe this album. It leaves the listener needing to digest it and actually listen to it to even remotely try to understand what is being said because of how confusing his lyrics are. But of course that is not a bad thing it stands out from everything else. It is what some people are actually looking for to listen to.
“The intro was very ecstatic and the subject matter was very intriguing until Schoolboy Q’s feature in Beat the Case. I did not enjoy that, but besides that i enjoyed Womanogomy and Braille,” SHS Junior, avid hip hop head, Ivar Lobaton said.
As a whole, the album is great. It is by far my favorite Ab-Soul project. I enjoyed the confusing aspect to it, but I didn’t always understand what he meant by his lyrics. Also the production and instrumentals on this album is something that really caught my attention. Sounding very different from other rap albums or mixtapes, it was refreshing. Of course there were songs that were not as strong as others in various ways, but they do not ruin the entire album. I feel like some songs were a hit or miss though. With it being so different and complex, its length was pretty long. But in the end, I feel like if you are a fan of hip-hop or just want to listen to something new, it is worthy of giving it a shot. Ab-Soul’s Do What Thou Wilt is an overall great album. It makes me excited personally want to see what is next and how he will continue to develop and come out with even more creative, interesting projects.