Walter “Doc Will” Williams is an American rapper and producer from Decatur, GA (East Atlanta). At his best, Doc Will is a virtuoso of vibes. Tapping into a spectrum of electronic grooves he delivers a passionate of his talents on his latest almost totally self-produced album “Before I Leave East Atlanta”. In one stale, overused word, this album is…refreshing.
In a day and age where shallow drivel rule the radio waves, Doc Will provides a smart, witty and touching album that enlightens the mind and soothes the soul. His flow proves that he can ride a beat with clever, insightful words, and his lyrics show how introspective the man can be.
The aspiring, rapping doctor – on course to graduate college with a pre-med concentration, and who does autism therapy – succeeds in simultaneously being nostalgic and innovative. In addition to his own masterful concoctions behind the boards he also flexes his bars for poetic portrayals of self-awareness. He has awesome rhymes and creativity you won’t find in the regular rhyming fluff.
For the last 10 years, rap and hip-hop quality has gone downhill (with few exceptions). Obviously, most of these artists are mostly in the industry for the money, causing the music to sound unoriginal and uninspired. Therefore, they became careless of the final result in terms of creativity.
“Before I Leave East Atlanta” gives the genre a breath of fresh air, proving that rap and hip-hop can still be outstanding. Through his metered songwriting, rapping, and producing, Doc Will may have just created the best rap album this year.
The two pre-released singles “Don’t Make Me” and “Capes”, should have been enough to convince skeptics. But if it wasn’t, then the 8 tracks on “Before I Leave East Atlanta” certainly will.
Beware though, once you listen to the outstanding tracks, “13 Hours to Milwaukee”, “Prada-Willi Syndrome” and “Dotted Lines”, nothing else will seem as worthwhile or satisfying by comparison. Doc Will’s production skills run rampant on these tracks, while his rhymes and lilting rap style is simply infectious.
It’s been a while ( probably J.Cole’s Forest Hills Drive), since any rapper has discussed at length personal issues, ironies and the redemption of life and love, as Doc Will does here . His story telling is so vivid that you can relate to the situations that he raps about.
You may be jamming and vibing to the rhythms, but it’s the content and dissection of the messages that is the star of this 8-track show. This is not your stereotypical hip-hop album. Doc Will takes the genre on a freshly beaten path with soulful electronic riffs and lyrics that make you nod with the beat, and often in agreement with the story-line.
If you haven’t already got this album, smack yourself in the face and go get it!