There’s no doubt Top Dawg Entertainment have literally been running this year with their catalogue of releases, from Kendrick Lamar’s untitled.unmastered to ScHoolboy Q’s Blank Face LP and even the newcomer Lance Skiiiwalker’s debut. Now fellow label-mate and Black Hippy member Ab-Soul has made it clear he too wants a piece of this pie, announcing that his heavily anticipated fourth studio album, titled DWTW aka Do What Thou Wilt, will in fact be released this Friday.
Going off his last two releases, Huey Knew and Braille, Soulo is managing to stay firmly planted in his heightened conscious lyricism, while also venturing further forth into fresher, more experimental instrumentation, something which can clearly be seen in his brand new brooding single, Threatening Nature. Armed with an eerie, banging beat produced by PakkMusicGroup, Soulo flexes his always eloquent lyrical style and flow while reflecting on a subject he has often delved into, religion – specifically Christianity. With these three tracks up his sleeve it’s no surprise many are calling it early as being his most powerful release yet.
The label have been teasing the release of DWTW since March this year, and since then a number of clips (1,2,3) have surfaced over the course of the mixing and recording process. From what we can tell, all of these tracks boast his signature aggressive, politically charged and conscious bars, but run over more evolved, jazzy yet rugged, boom-bap beats; a combination which Ab-Soul bodies so well, and that we can’t wait to hear.
Whether or not it was a conscious decision, it’s a pretty bold move to be releasing an album so late in the year, as almost all the major publications, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Complex etc, have already named their best albums of the year. This means Soulo’s forthcoming album may simply be pushed under the rug following these Christmas wrap-ups and in some ways become forgotten. Let’s hope that’s not the case!
Image: Twitter / Ab-Soul