Control System (studio album) by Ab-Soul

Control System by Ab-Soul
Year: 2012
Release date: 2012-05-11
Overall rank: 5,557th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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76/100 (from 78 votes)
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From 02/27/2021 14:48
The production is great as it is in most of their projects, drawing some obvious influence from the West Coast, but at the same time sounding super modern. The lyrics are somewhat of a let down ("See, the moral of the story is: She a ho, he a pimp"). Assessing his rapping has always been tricky. On the one hand, he seems to hold his own to a more than decent level againist the guests, and when the guests are guys like Danny Brown or Kendrick Lamar, this is no small feat. On the other hand, I can't quite put my finger on the reason this happens, but he fails to caputre my interest for a longer period of time, maybe he lacks in personality or charisma. Also, the length of the album does him no favors, it's way too long. If I recall correctly, I had managed to listen to it just once back in 2012 and never bothered again in the meantime. However, I have to note that The Book Of Soul easily ranks among my favorites, one of the songs of the year, if not the decade ("Everything I love the most gets taken away My momma and music is next And if that happens before I turn 28 Then I'm going out with Kurt Cobain I still believe in God, we just ain't never spoke Unless we talkin' symbolically‚ÄĒthen, I might agree But if you really wanna look at it that way Then, ayy, man, God don't like me").
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From 04/13/2013 20:41
Some real good tracks on here, good verses too. It's nice that these Black Hippy guys are making it okay to like West Coast.
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