[Review] Ab-Soul “Do What Thou Wilt.”

I’ll admit it, after These Days I really had no interest in another Ab-Soul album. I was more willing to hear him on a battle rap than a rap track, but boy did he come back and shut me up.

The best bar-for-bar emcee from TDE dropped an album to close out 2016, and it’s pretty much everything you “woke” folks and hip-hop heads have been asking for. Do What Thou Wilt is a very infectious, intellectual, and layered album that could appease virtually every type of fan in rap music right now.

“Braile” feat Bas is a track where he uses a Young Thug style flow, but still gives you BARS. The same can be said for “D.R.U.G.S” and “God’s A Woman”, which have beats full of bounce along with my favorite bridge/hook of 2016

“Come Have Sex With Jesus…Come Have Sex With Jesus…”

You always searching for “beef” “disses” and subs? Ab-Soul helps you out and eliminates the speculation on a song titled RAW [Backwards] as he name drops Troy Ave and Jay Electronica.

You looking for that “Woke Rap Ish?” This album is full of it! Get your ears and mind right to joints like “Huey KNEW Then”,  “Evil Genius”, “INvocation” and “Threatening Nature” where he raps

“Way back when I was in grade school, I learned about history
But what about her story—did anybody ask?
Hm, with all disrespect
I think the American flag was designed by fags”

The album is even “Her friendly” with songs like “Womanogomy”, “Wifey vs Wifi/P.M.S” “The Law” and “Her World”

Schoolboy Q is on “Beat The Case” and I want to hear any song with Q on it.

This 16 track project is full of game, insight and appreciation, and respects the real men and women that shape and create this earth. It even digs into God actually being a woman, which you may argue is the real running theme of the entire album. Soul connects with his spirit, beliefs and emotions and delivers it very well on this album

We went from the overall so-so These Days, to much better days with Do What Thou Wilt. Soul is still the best lyricist in TDE to me and now the music is coming together. TDE keeps getting stronger and that’s going to be a real problem, real soon. Check more work from the boy here.


CamQuotes, originally of Freeport, IL is a content creator and media personality with a sincere passion for hip-hop culture. Cam's resume includes hosting cyphers, luncheons, podcast and doing weekend shifts on Boom 102.9 in Indianapolis, Indiana. He also has his own hip-hop culture content brand, BehindTheRhyme.com and interview series called "Cool Conversations With CamQuotes" #CCWCQ Now back in the Chicago area, Cam is on a mission to get back in tune with the flourishing Chicago Hip-Hop scene and all the great people in it. "It's a great opportunity to be working with a brand like Ruby Hornet. Ruby Hornet and J.R Bang are the reasons why I knew names like Chance The Rapper, Alex Wiley, Vic Mensa, Show You Suck and the Treated and Save Money Crew back in 2011-2012. I look forward to making that same level of impact now and in the future." Be Safe. Be Humble. Live Hip-Hop Look forward to CamQuotes being out and about in an effort to highlight all the positive efforts in Chicago Hip-Hop.