Posts Tagged ‘Backwoodz Studios’

VIDEO: billy woods – Flatlands (Prod. By Messiah Muzik)

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015
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woods’ Today I Wrote Nothing is officially out today via Backwoodz Studios.

Billy Woods – U Boats Ft. Elucid (Busdriver & Aesop Rock)

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015
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Looking forward to Wood’s new album.
While we’re here, lets mention that in 2015 Armand Hammer >>>>>>>> Cannibal Ox. Woods and Elusive use the established legacy of streetwise avant garde NY rap as a starting point and then build and expand outward from it, while Can Ox struggle to even meet the benchmarks they set themselves with the Cold Vein.

billy woods – Warmachines (Prod. By Messiah Music)

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015
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First leak from woods’ upcoming Today, I Wrote Nothing. The description below reminds of Madvillainy in structure, which I like, and the short tracks could be a good way to make wood’s intricately detailed writing a bit easier to parse.

Today, I Wrote Nothing is the first billy woods solo material since 2013’s Dour Candy, his critically acclaimed collaboration with New York City producer Blockhead, itself a follow-up to woods’ sprawling 2012 masterpiece, History Will Absolve Me.
Still, in keeping with woods’ modus operandi, Today, I Wrote Nothing stands apart conceptually from previous work. The album is a collection of short songs and vignettes that form a cohesive meditation on life’s journeys and death’s hiding places.
Elucid, woods’ partner in rap duo Armand Hammer, makes several guest appearances, as does fellow Backwoodz Studioz labelmate Henry Canyons. Equally close to home is the production, provided by a mix of longtime collaborators and friends: Willie Green, Blockhead, Messiah Muzik, Elucid, Steel Tipped Dove, Junclassic, DOSG4W, and Busdriver & Aesop Rock. Additional cameos are by L’Wren, Curly Castro, and DJ Mo Nicklz.
Over this shifting beat collage, woods tirelessly weaves stories and myths in his own inimitable style. The result is a hard-driving road trip of a rap album—music loud, windows down, weight in the trunk. Today, I Wrote Nothing is a powerful statement by one of the genre’s most interesting voices.

Info via Backwoodz Studios

Armand Hammer (billy woods & Elucid) – Race Music (Album)

Friday, October 18th, 2013
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Two very capable and very smart MCs with a lot on their mind. If you like rap that leans towards the aurally abstract and is packed with content that calls for some close listening and rumination, this is for you.

You can buy the album HERE.
Stream via Impose.

VIDEO: billy woods – Cuito Cuanavale (Prod. By Blockhead)

Friday, June 28th, 2013
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The Blockwoods (pun score 10000000) collaboration is looking better and better with every track. There is a good indepth feature about it posted today on Noisey, you should go read it because it already says pretty much everything I might have to say about this track and the album it comes from.
For more along similar lines, check out this Blockhead remix of a Cult Favorite track also featuring woods.


STREAM: billy woods – Tinseltown (Prod By Blockhead)

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013
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Sometimes I feel like I’m not smart enough to really appreciate billy woods. His rhymes are always incredibly intricate, densely packed with allusions and obscure references; I suspect a sizable chunk of what he’s trying to put across may be going right over my head. Still, I enjoy a lot of his music regardless of my analytic shortcomings. And that’s exactly what happens here. Even if I don’t catch every detail, even if lines like ‘Marvin Harrison passed the iron to Dungy’ need some googling to connect, woods is clearly rapping his ass off. The parts I do understand are very intriguing, and Blockhead provides him with a great platform to work from. That is enough to get me listening, hoping repeat spins will clear up whatever eluded me on first try.
Dour Candy, wood’s full length collaboration with Blockhead, will be released on July 2. More info HERE.