With less than a week’s notice, Ab-Soul returns to the game with his latest album, Do What Thou Wilt., the long-anticipated follow-up to 2014’s These Days…
The 16-track set features ScHoolboy Q (“Beat the Case”), SZA (“The Law Prelude”), and Mac Miller and Rapsody (“The Law”). It also includes the previously-released singles “Threatening Nature,” “Huey Knew” with Da$H, and the Bas-assisted “Braille.”
The title is particularly significant to the Carson spitter. “We can translate that to free will,” he told the Rap Radar podcast. “Do what you do. Not do what you want. A will is stronger than want or desire. What you’re willed to do is supported by love and passion. That’s a quote that resonates with me seriously.”
The TDE MC has compared this body of work to “a love story” and called it a “woman appreciation album.”
“We just need to pay more attention to the women and how we are discussing them, especially in hip-hop and entertainment,” he said. “It’s very important to remember that we’ve got mothers and we’ve got little sisters and we want to make sure we treat all women with that same respect. I’m not saying don’t have fun. Go have fun. Do what thou wilt. If we’re listening to music, we’ve got to be honest. The records and subject matter is just like they’re items. It’s like we use women as items and that’s it. There’s no real tribute so I thought that was important to do.”
Stream his tribute below.