Do What Thou Wilt
Ab-Soul’s Do What Thou Wilt lends its name to the ever entrancing Law of Thelema, and it proves to be as convoluted yet entrancing as Thelema stipulates. Ab-Soul pulls no punches with his new edgy take for TDE by beginning with “RAW (Backwards)”, taking shots at Jay Electronica without a Kendrick feature presents a fresh new take at this Ab-Soul re-envisioned. Since TDE has been around, Ab-Soul has been an introspective writer in the sense that he has always been a thoughtful writer, talking about societal issues and personal reflection and exploration. However, you take DWTW to be, it is different and tasteful and a new direction for Ab-Soul, as it explores a rarity such as conscious rap that is often dismissed by many rap and hip hop followers alike. Although the album may present itself as dark, DWTW is a damn good album with heavy wordplay regardless of how you take it. It might take a few listens to get through Ab-Soul’s 80-minute-long heavy wordplay album, but I promise it’ll grow on you.